Porsche Macan 2.0 – Review

Porsche Macan is said to be the best SUV of the World. If you see the configurator, which looks like very tasty beef steak ,you will add up a little bit of equipment and some people think, that it will work like the 911 one, even if there is no S letter in the name.

Really?

The 2019 lifting model should be available within one month. I’ve taken the 2018 Version to see if it works. There should be a new interior and new features available with the new model. The driving and the character should stay the same.

Moderngranturismo graph.

Macan 2.0

Macan has had the best-looking graph of its short history since I started rating cars. And it is true, that it is one of the best compromised cars between the sport and the comfort one. That Porsche is unbelievably stable and balanced on the corners, perfectly insulated, and little bit too slow with the basic engine. But the S version is more expensive by only 4000 €.

Exterior Design

Design of Macan is very adequate and conspicuous. You can immediately recognise that is the Porsche, and with smooth lines, it loses heaviness and gains more lightness. The Coupe style of the rear reduces the capacity of the trunk, but matches well to the sporty character of the car. Big wheels, some exterior equipment and you can really enjoy it.

Interior Design

Interior design is comparable with the BMW F Series times, even if you find it a bit heavier.The materials look like having some years…

Nevertheless, I love that design with all the buttons in the middle tunnel.

How the new interior will look like, we can see in the new Cayenne style.

*No… That was only my expectation. Macan 2019 hast been shown with only minimal changes in interior. Even if it has been shown in China, I don’t think if it would looks different in Europe. That looks not good enough for me. Big screen is not everything.

So it’stay not so modern but still typical Porsche.

The steering wheel is a bit slimmer than the BMW M one but it is also very good. Also, its setting range is sufficient.

Sitting position is rather vertical but very comfortable.

Basic trim seats are very good, after 4 hours I didn’t feel any problems.

The Panorama glass roof is huge and works silently, there isn’t much noise inside when it’s open.

Driving

 

 

Driving Macan is like to be glued to the road. It is unbelievably stable, it does not tilt nor lean sideways on the corners,it makes completely no unnecessary movements. Porsche is much quicker than you think and than your girlfriend thinks.

It is a sporty car and you are pretty sure that you can rely on that construction without any doubts after 5 minutes ride.

Macan is also incredibly well insulated. Better than a new BMW 5 and you are utterly in your own comfortable world while driving it.

And it works until you touch the brakes. That is no matter if you have sports brakes and sports tires, the car with you on board weights nearly 2 tones. I use the SUVs in the worst conditions possible, and that could be the big problem, on the white roads you can have some issues. You can’t cheat the physics, the weight is the weight and if you have no grip, there is the question if you go ahead in the snow or can break in emergency.
The weight of that cars class: Q5 and X4 are comparable and people don’t drive it off-road.

 

So, if you want to take it out of the road, don’t forget that it will be easier with 1,500 kg SUV’s.

You can see in the photos that the test Macan had the 4 seasons tires. That is not acceptable for me, but it was funny to drift on them in the summer.

That is the common problem: people are buying expensive cars but want to save on the tires. Nothing more stupid, the first thing that you should learn about the cars is that the tires are the only part which has contact with the road. So, your car accelerates, brakes and turns as ably, as good are your tires…

Engine

I have seen many tests on the basis of which people claim that the 2.0 engine works there. That shows me what the value of that tests is… and it’s not the engine’s fault at all.

That car is much too heavy for 2.0 litres engine.

You can feel that engine wants to do everything what’s possible, but there is elasticity brutally missing. The exhaust could be also better. They could make it better for that engine at Wolfsburg.

So, if you want to buy Macan, it has to be minimum S Version.

If I drove that car, I would want to disappear quickly.

Assistance Situation

I want to rate it first when I see the lifting. With this car I had none of them.

Conclusion

If you want to have Macan, it would be good to give it more love.

Basic engine and basic interior is not what I expect from Porsche.

It probably doesn’t have to be the full equipment for me, but also not basic trim. I would also ask what tires come with it, to be sure that you have the best possible choice on your sporty SUV. With 2019one, the lifting should come with much better interior (we know already that it didn’t happen) and many interesting features, so don’t forget to order maximal safety and assistance equipment to drive safely and avoid stupid problems during exploitation.

The Porsche residual wert is behaving much better than other manufacturers. Check before you leave it back after leasing.

And most excitingly, Porsche is does not offer diesels from the spring 2018. Good choice.

My Complete Car Definition

As the automotive development engineer, I see the World from bit wider perspective, mainly a couple years earlier then you.

I am also the customer. With the obsessive inability to tolerate shitty solutions on cars…

Below I want to explain, my definition of the term “Complete Car” for the long-distance trips.

The nowadays cars have evolved:

from: “too much electronics”

to: “I want it so smart like my mobile”

very quickly, and most people are still on that first group. Even if they understand technical aspects, they have learnt that some… years ago.

The future could be sad…we wouldn’t drive, and we would rent instead of buying cars. But now we could enjoy being in the middle of that way!

What makes the Car Complete for me?

Driving first!

Most important: Driving, driving and still driving!

It must be somehow interesting. Most of time I need something fast, loud and exciting. But when I want, that has to be calm as well. Complicated compromise. That is what the modern Granturismo car has to fulfill.

Volvo or some Mercedes, are probably one of the most comfortable cars, but there will be difficult to find it here. I can’t find the place for something so calm in my garage… I have some days, when I can say, I really need it now! But I can’t buy a car for the 3 days in a year :D

BMW M5 (C: BMW press materials)
BMW M5 (C: BMW press materials)

Drivetrain

I do not like Front Wheel Driven Cars, life’s too short to drive them (maybe with some exceptions). Best summer car could be RWD, all other should be 4×4 for me.

That little bit over steering, that balance in the corner, that makes me happy.

Not all of 4×4 are good enough, but there are also electronically controlled which are all right.

I’m not happy with the new BMW X1 xdrive, but I’m happy with the Mazda CX-5 drivetrain. Subaru S-AWD was my best one, but there was missing anything above it…

Safety

NCAP do it right. Also, with the electronic systems rating.

Remember there is no better way to protect people, than when there is no collision.

If you have the version without the electronic safety systems, your car is less safe then full version. That systems have saved my hood two times and that have nothing in common with that if you are a good driver or not (can the daughter of your neighbour drive? Probably not😉 ). It works. And don’t worry, hardware is also always under the investigation. 5 stars are important, and that have to be nowadays 5 stars (Remember Punto test from last year?).

Convertibles are generally not safe cars, no risk no fun!

Interior quality

That is the place where you spend all the time in car. It has to be fine to make you fine. Materials and design, have to be my taste. Obvious? So, tell me why Toyota sells so much cars? Nobody needs the good interiors! Only we, here! Freaks. Last year one rental gave me an Octavia (instead of Volvo, telling that is the same class!) for 3000 km (that was one of the short moments when I wanted to drive Volvo!), smallest engine, lowest trim level. I was highly disappointed, and it was hard to enjoy the trip. It was the meditation challenge: stay happy despite of travelling that…

What is interesting, despite my love to the modern solutions, I don’t like touchscreens. Good buttons are good choice in my opinion.

Imagine setting the Porsche suspension and drive mode on touchscreen…

but on the other hand I can’t wait to try new a7 to see if I’m wrong.

Audi A7 Sportback (C: Audi press materials)
Audi A7 Sportback (C: Audi press materials)

Infotainment, Assistance equipment

If you drive too much, and I thought if you read that, you drive too much, it is much more better when somebody is watching you. It is your IT specialist.

He drives probably better then all of us. That is fact.

Full options there makes your life and your money safer. The systems I mean are: Emergency braking Assist, Active Cruise Control, Active Line Keep Assistant, Blind Spot Assistant.

Of course, conclusion of that point is sad: it is only okay, until you can still shut him up. Completely.

Porsche Panamera (C: Porsche press materials)
Porsche Panamera (C: Porsche press materials)

 

Petrol

I always want to drive petrol engine.

I don’t like Diesels vibrations and I miss the music of petrol exhaust.

Of course, there are the cars, where the Diesel choice is obvious, but I will rather choose smaller car with bigger petrol engine.

Not every car have to be Complete…

So, tell me now, is the 10 years old Aston Martin “Complete Car”? No. But that is not important, there is so much value according to first point (driving!) and not each car have to be complete. But still, when you don’t have Aston, it’s fine, when it is as complete as it could.

Aston Martin DB11 (C: Aston Martin press materials)
Aston Martin DB11 (C: Aston Martin press materials)