The Macan is Porsche’s best-selling model globally, and the German sports car maker has just introduced a mid-life update for its popular mid-size SUV.
Porsche launched the refreshed model in Australia this week with a media test drive that kicked off from Melbourne Airport, winding north to Whittlesea and Yea before ending up at the historic Mitchelton Wines in Nagambie. The entry-level Macan is priced from $81,400, plus on-road costs, but we drove the spicier Macan S, which sells for $97,500.
So what were the early impressions? From the outside, it’s hard to pick the changes over the outgoing Macan, but this model gains new headlights, a refreshed front end and new 3D LED tail-light panel connecting the light clusters.
Inside, the biggest change is the inclusion of a 10.9-inch touchscreen display that houses the Porsche Communication Management system and replaces the old model’s 7.0-inch unit.
The cabin materials feel high end and the overall look is classy and unmistakably Porsche. Porsche has introduced measures to improve cabin noise and while it is difficult to tell without a back-to-back comparison with the old Macan, it does feel more hushed.
The front sports seats are beautifully designed and incredibly supportive and while there is adequate leg and shoulder room in the rear seat, the sunroof does affect headroom. From behind the wheel, the Macan feels lower to the ground than most of its high-riding rivals. This provides a feeling of being ensconced in the cabin and ensures a sportier driving position than others.
Acceleration is brisk and the steering is heavily weighted but direct. Twisty roads on the launch drive route helped showcase the dynamic abilities of the Macan S. Porsche claims that the Macan is the sports car of its segment, and we think this is accurate.