The 2016 Porsche Macan was originally known by the code ‘Cajun’. Finally, the name it got was the actual Macan, which does it mean ‘Tiger’ from the Bahasa Indonesia. This luxury compact crossover utility vehicle’s (CUV) platform is shared with Audi Q5. The wheelbase and suspension are highly inspired from the Audi, of course, enhanced to a higher performance. The 2016 Macan in its creation was intended to be sportier that the Cayenne and offer a more compact body. In fact, the Macan is a smaller, more affordable and faster than its brother the Cayenne. Porsche claims the Macan is ‘the
In fact, the Macan is a smaller, more affordable, and faster than its brother, the Cayenne. Porsche claims the Macan is “the sports car of the CUV market”, and actually is the best-driving 4×4 on sale today.
The Macan is undeniable as a Porsche, packaged with a supreme performance, top-notch materials and features either inside and in the exterior, making it one of the most attractive non-sports cars. Once you get into the Macan, it feels sporty and full of amenities. The steering wheel, the five-dial set-up and high centre console make an interesting effect on your surrounding.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2016 Macan came with plenty of engines option. Diesel and Petrol, both deliver an incredible performance. The base trim has a petrol engine of 2.0 L inline-4 turbo, delivering up to 249 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, with a top speed at 142 mph.
The Macan S model come with either petrol and diesel. Diesel version has a 3.0 L V6 turbo-diesel with 254 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque, with a maximum speed at 134 mph. There is a variant of the same Diesel engine with 208 hp and 428 lb-ft, with a top speed at 134 mph. Standstill to 60 mph rated at 5.2 seconds. The Petrol engine in the Macan S is a 3.0 L V6 twin-turbo with 335 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, with a top speed at 158 mph. Standstill to 60 mph rated at 5.2 seconds
Next, the Macan GTS has the same 3.0 L V6 twin-turbo with 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque with top speed at 159 mph. Then, the bad boy here is the Macan Turbo, packed with a massive 3.6 L V6 twin-turbo, delivering up to 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque with a top speed at 165 mph. Standstill to 60 mph is rated at 4.6 seconds.
The Macan S and Macan Turbo are improved in terms of acceleration, employing Launch Control that make them faster by 0.2 seconds, also featuring the optional ‘Sport Chrono’ package.
Design Line and Interior
This Porsche model has paid attention to the every detail. The overall design is sexy without any lack of elegance and sportiness. This SUV is a well-crafted piece of art by Porsche. The front fascia has the emblematic aesthetic, similar to every Porsche’s creation. The grille is huge with several air intakes. The taillights are awesome, and the elongated body is well proportionated to emanate that compact, race SUV idea. The rear looks spectacular with those backstop lights, while the dual twin-exhaust outlets give a sporty look from behind.
Inside, the cockpit is incredible welcoming with top-notch materials and sporty styling. Front seats are supportive and comfortable. A good backseat’s space is there for a couple of average-height adults. Perhaps taller passengers would be uncomfortable. The dashboard at first stance is overwhelming due to the plenty of buttons found on it, but as you get used to, the dashboard becomes great and astonishing. The cargo space is one of the smallest in the class with 53 cu-ft.
The interior is well packaged with all kind of amenities and cutting-edge features. The 2016 Macan comes with an 11-speaker audio system with 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, USB port, heated side mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a surround-view camera system, lane change and lane keep assist systems, heated steering wheel, adaptative cruise control, and PCM infotainment system. A panoramic sunroof is available as Porsche Car Connect, allowing the driver to find his car with a smartphone.
The Bottom Line
Definitely, if you are willing to sacrifice some cargo space for sporty performance, sexy and wild design with tons of features, the 2016 Macan is your bet. An almost-perfect creation by Porsche.
Starting price at US$53.595.