2019 Porsche Macan S insists you find the long way home from work

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November 19, 2019 08:00 AM

2019 Porsche Macan S insists you find the long way home from work

Porsche’s small SUV handles the day-to-day humdrum of automobile life with a smile.

Robin Warner

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Here’s the 2019 Porsche Macan S in motion.

What is it: The Macan is Porsche’s small sport utility vehicle that includes both premium materials and price tag. For this model year and this model year only, the Macan S stands as the top trim of the Macan lineup, above the base four-cylinder model. 2020 brings back the traditional top-bill Macan Turbo with a new engine making 434 hp. 
Key Competitors: Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M40i, Mercedes-AMG GLC 43
Base Price: $59,850 As-Tested Price: $70,990
Highlights: The 2019 model year Macan received a midcycle refresh from Porsche. There’s the cosmetic stuff like new LED taillights and revised bodywork to give the Macan a wider appearance. Then, for the infotainment junkies among us, Porsche increased the Macan’s screen size from 7.2 to 10.9 inches. But the engine is updated, too: It’s now a 3.0-liter V6 with a single turbocharger nestled inside the V. And Porsche also reworked the front suspension, replacing some steel with aluminum, reducing the weight and improving wheel response. The core structure does carry over.

Take a look inside the 2019 Porsche Macan S.

Our Opinion: In the world of German SUVs, the recipe is pretty similar. Power, size, weight, cost—they all align reasonably close to each other. Each one includes strengths; Porsche’s is driving feel. Getting in a lifted five-seat hatchback isn’t typically the place you find good engagement, but the Macan belies the stereotype and makes the experience enjoyable.
Take the engine. It’s balanced, powerful and sounds good, too. The difference is in the details, like the muted but pleasant exhaust tone and the smoothness of engagement with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission Porsche calls PDK. Peak power from the borrowed-from-the-Panamera V6 comes to 348 hp between 5,400 and 6,400 rpm, and peak torque spins its way to 354 lb-ft between 1,360 and 4,800 rpm. As a result, acceleration actually feels faster than the claimed 5.1 seconds it takes to reach 60 mph from rest. 
Inside, the cabin is well laid out, with a good selection of buttons to use on the steering wheel, as well as a nice, wide screen to view all pertinent information. If you do get a chance to take the long way home with a few extra twists and turns, the seats provide plenty of support and the drive modes help the Macan easily suit your tastes. 
In addition to the Macan’s actual price, there’s a fuel economy cost, as well: 18 mpg city, 23 highway, 20 combined is not that good, behind the Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M40i and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43. BMW beats ’em all with 20 mpg in the city, 27 on the highway and 23 combined. Generally speaking, I’m willing to bet that’s not the top consideration of buyers in this demographic, but now you know.
Overall, however, it’s hard to put a price on a good driving experience. And Porsche puts more time and effort into that across its lineup than anyone. For instance, with this midcycle update, Porsche worked to give the Macan a more neutral handling balance. This Porsche, any current Porsche, is fun to drive. And that’s more impressive today in our technology-laden, do-it-for-me society. Whether you’re driving to work or the Tail of the Dragon, the Macan is a smile-maker. 

The 2019 Porsche Macan S

Specifications

On Sale: now
Base Price: $59,850 As-Tested Price: $70,990
Powertrain: turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, AWD
Output: 348 hp between 5,400 and 6,400 rpm, 354 lb-ft between 1,360 and 4,800 rpm
Wheelbase: 110.5 inches
Length/Width/Height: 184.3 inches/76.1 inches/63.9 inches
Curb Weight: 4,239 lb
Fuel Economy: 18/23/20 mpg (city/highway/combined)
Pros: Better driving experience than any small SUV out there 
Cons: Fuel economy seems unnecessarily low
Options: 20-inch Macan Turbo wheels in high gloss black, $3,140; Premium package, $3,110; Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), $1,360; Sport chrono package, $1,360; Sport tail pipes in black, $950; Sapphire blue metallic paint, $700; Steering wheel heating, $280; Window trim in high gloss black, $240

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