With highlights such as a spirited performance, a highly customizable cabin, an engaging and athletic ride quality, and a hush and quiet ride, the five-passenger 2017 Porsche Macan is a great choice for a luxury crossover. Its release date, despite being a controversial issue at the moment, should be expected sometime in early 2017.
The new 2017 Porsche Macan is our favorite in the segment. It is the most rewarding and fastest vehicle available. Its acceleration is breathtaking and tops its category, but matches other high-performance sport sedans. And with the Macan S and Macan Turbo generating an output of 340 and 400 horsepower respectively, you’ll definitely enjoy the enthralling ride quality.
Also winding you way along a twisted road shouldn’t be problem, as the new model possesses a nimble handling characteristic. You’ll also find it to be engaging more than most rivals including its bigger brother, the Cayenne, although it may not be as nimble as Porsche’s two-door sport’s cars.
Despite the center stack having so many buttons, it doesn’t take long to acclimate to them thanks to a logical layout. And from the Macan’s driver seat, the dashboard layout clearly mirrors many other modern Porsche designs, with triple dials for the instruments, a flat dash top and a center console that looks as if it belongs in a Learjet. The upscale look and feel is seamlessly provided by the exceptional well-crafted cabin and interior soft-touch materials.
As we have also come to expect from Porsche, even the base seats are exceptionally well contoured and reassure side-to-side support for more spirited roads, and affords long-haul comfort even when asphalt turns to dirt.
The cockpit layout provides a seating position well suited to spirited driving, and the steering wheel takes inspiration from the company’s exotic 918 Spyder sports car. The Macan also costs an arm and a leg, especially if you tick all the boxes in the aforementioned option’s list. It’s also worthwhile to note, though, that the cargo area and the rear seat are tight relative to other competitors in the market.
So at the end of the day, you’ll have to differentiate whether you are looking at a vehicle that offers luxury equipment or you’re more into performance. If you’re looking for luxury, we recommend you check out both the 2017 Audi SQ5 and the 2017 Audi Q5. With them comes an array of engines, and high-quality interior trimmings.
Another option you should consider is the 2017 BMW X3. It also offers a variety of engines, luxury items galore, and more cargo space. Lastly, if you’re searching for comparable style and a bit of off-road flair, your best bet would be the 2017 Range Rover Evoque.
2017 Porsche Macan Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 Porsche Macan is a 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine mated to a seven-speed automated manual transmission system. The system then forwards the output generated – 340 horsepower and 339 lbs. ft. of torque to all the wheels via the AWD drive mode.
According to Porsche, a time of 5.6 seconds, a second quicker than other compact luxury crossover SUV, is needed to saunter from 0-60 mph.
Still want more oomph? Then opt for the Macan Turbo that comes equipped with a 3.6L turbodiesel V6 engine rated at 400 horsepower and 406 pounds-feet of torque. With only 4.4 seconds needed to get past the 60 mph mark, the Macan Turbo becomes the undisputed compact crossover in the market in terms of acceleration.
EPA says you should expect the two engines to return 23/17/19 on the highway/city/combined.
Offered Trims – Porsche Macan
Two trims are offered for the five-passenger 2017 Porsche Macan: base S, and and the luxury-themedTurbo. The GTS is reviewed separately.
Exterior Changes & 2017 Porsche Macan Interior Review
Standard accessories and features available for the base Macan S include running running lights, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, automatic tri-zone climate control, 18/19” wheels, rear folding 40/20/40-split seats, foglights, automatic bi-xenon headlights, a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, USB/iPod audio interface, a 7” touchscreen interface, simulated suede/leather upholstery, a rear privacy glass, and an eleven-speaker sound system.
The Macan Turbo, in addition to what the base offers, adds a heated 10-way power front seats, unique rear and front fascia’s, bigger brakes, a more powerful engine, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, bottom bolsters and a power-adjustable side, LED foglights, unique 19” wheels, a fourteen-speaker Bose sound system, full leather upholstery, and aluminum accents.
As is Porsche’s tradition, there are dizzying array of available color-matched and leather-swathed interior trim pieces bundled in packages and as standalone items. But you’ll have to wait a bit longer, probably months leading to its official release date to know the precise tidbits.
Price & 2017 Porsche Macan Release Date
Its release date should be expected sometime in early 2017. As for the price, the Macan SUV is rumored will go for sale for an MSRP starting around $52,600, a pricier tag relative to other rivals in the segment but guarantees value nonetheless. You could also lease it for a while before committing.