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 last generation Cayman we road tested.

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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