Porsche Macan (14 - Present)

The Macan is the first attempt by Porsche at a mid-sized SUV. Think of it as the smaller, lighter brother of the Porsche Cayenne. Speaking of similarities, the Macan is based on the Audi Q5 platform, but Porsche are quick to point out the Macan has almost 70% different components to the Audi. Many of the these upgrades are to the suspension and engines.

Once you drive the Macan it's clear that Porsche have used their many years developing fantastic sports cars to make the Macan the best driving SUV available to buy today. The Macan belies its size and height, it is unbelievably composed on the road, with little to no body roll in the corners and would put many modern sports cars to shame on a winding back road. There are three petrol engines on offer, the entry-level two litre turbo, a three litre V6 petrol and the rapid 3.6 litre bi-turbo V6. The pick of the line-up however is the three litre diesel V6, with decent fuel economy figures of 46mpg, a more than adequate 245 brake horsepower and a 0 to 100kph time of 6.3 seconds. All models come equipped with four-wheel drive and a wonderfully smooth seven speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Practicality is also impressive with a 500 litre boot when the seats are up, a full five star rating in the NCAP safety test and capable of carrying five adults in utmost comfort.

What we like

  • Handles like a Porsche should
  • Great selection of engines
  • Very practical - with a large boot and plenty of space for passengers
  • Very handsome design

What we don't like

  • The familiar Porsche "skyscraper" of buttons in the interior may annoy some people