Porsche calls the Macan “the sports car among compact SUVs”, and there can be no arguing with that.

In its Turbo guise, the Macan’s dry lap time was only a single second behind the Cayman we road tested last year.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Chief tester
We used to worry about fast SUVs being obnoxious, but the Macan is utterly persuasive

That a 4x4 could, on a circuit, challenge one of the finest mid-engined coupés ever deserves a level of recognition quite independent of whether or not it’s any good.

Certainly, some elements usually highly valued in the segment – ease of use, practicality, a high driving position – have been curtailed partly in pursuit of its abnormal ability. Conceivably, that won’t suit everyone.

But making it less of a conventional SUV has not, in our opinion, dramatically reduced its overall allure. Even in the Turbo, outright pace is merely one facet of a persuasively superior product.

Across the board, very few rivals challenge either the Macan’s completeness or its sense of polish – and, where it excels, there is simply nothing else like it.

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