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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?

This is “a Porsche through and through”. That’s how the Macan is introduced to journalists – as if there were any question that a 4x4 was not also capable of being a Porsche. As if the past decade and a bit hadn’t happened, and we had never seen what a Cayenne could do.

The company, it would appear, is still cautious that it might be accused of diluting its brand by adding another SUV to its line-up.

The Macan's big brother, the Cayenne, arrived in 2002

Not likely here. What we’ve seen a Macan do, on foreign soil at least, thus far seems, if anything, just as impressive as the dynamic tricks pulled by a Cayenne.

A compact SUV from Porsche has been on the cards for years, to join the Cayenne in its line-up. The Cayenne was introduced in 2002 and its financial success has turned Porsche from niche sports car maker into industry heavyweight.

Porsche’s CEO, Matthias Müller, suggested at a few motor shows at the turn of the decade that a smaller model might steal sales from the Cayenne, but the global market for mid-size SUVs is now just too vast for that to be a problem, hence the appearance of the model.

The Macan SUV has already beaten a Range Rover Evoque in tests, and in some style. But with the sector becoming ever more crowded and new rivals appearing,  just how competent is it, on British roads – and off them – when subjected to the toughest road test in the business?

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