The new Porsche Macan's development bosses say that while the car shares its underpinnings with the Audi Q5, it is still sporty and stylish enough to earn its Porsche badge. We hitch a ride to see its on and off-road ability.
24 December 2013

The new Porsche Macan may be based on the Audi Q5 platform, but company engineers believe they have done enough to make the Macan very different to drive.

It is sharp enough, they say, for the Macan to be called a ‘sports car’.

At the base of this is the decision to install a completely different transmission, Porsche’s own 7-speed PDK ‘box. This is a natively rear wheel drive unit, which means 80 per cent of the engine’s torque goes to the Macan’s rear axle in normal circumstances.

Porsche says some ‘two thirds’ of the Q5’s base components have been ‘replaced or modified’. The Macan also gets the option of adjustable air-suspension, giving it reasonable off-road ability. 

The Macan is also marked out by a lower driving position than the Audi. The seat positioning has been modified, as have the mounts for the steering column, to allow the wheel to be mounted in a, flatter, ‘more 911-like’ position.

Earlier this month Porsche engineers took journalists on demonstration drives in the Macan to give a taste of the car’s abilities, ahead of the official launch.

Our Verdict

Porsche Macan

Porsche's 'junior Cayenne' promises and delivers on its dynamic and performance prowess to be be the most sporting SUV of its size. However, the market has changed with the newrivals threatening to challenge the Macan's crown, so does it have the stomach for a fight?

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Porsche Macan Launch Specs

Macan S (£43,300) - 335bhp 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo petrol engine. 0-62mph in 4.8sec and 32.5mpg.

Macan Diesel S (£43,300) - 254bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel. 0-62mph in 6.3sec 46.3mpg.

Macan Turbo (£59,300) - 394bhp 3.6-litre V6 twin turbo. 0-62mph in 4.8sec and 31.7mpg. 

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Our Verdict

Porsche Macan

Porsche's 'junior Cayenne' promises and delivers on its dynamic and performance prowess to be be the most sporting SUV of its size. However, the market has changed with the newrivals threatening to challenge the Macan's crown, so does it have the stomach for a fight?

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week