2017 saw the best year of sales ever for the Porsche Macan, which was originally launched back in 2014. More than 97,000 of the entry-level Porsche five-doors sold worldwide within the space of that 12-month period – a record for Porsche models in general. 2018 saw no indication of any slowing down in demand for the Macan, and by the end of this month, Porsche predicts that almost 400,000 models will have been sold since its release. Because of its massive success, it is therefore perhaps no surprise that the new model, the Porsche Macan S 2019, does not attempt to reinvent the wheel. Its midlife facelift offers a slightly tweaked front end that comes complete with LED lights, as well as a restyled rear end that now comes with a full-width light bar that nods to the Cayenne and Panamera models, both of which have been completely replaced throughout the last 18 months.
The interior of the cabin now provides a 10.9-inch touchscreen as well as the latest software from Porsche Communications Management, again ensuring that the Macan remains in line with the firm’s pricier family models, though the large array of buttons on the centre console still recalls the style that the Cayenne and Panamera have since moved away from. There have been no specific claims made for the likes of tweaked damper curves or revised spring rates, other than the kind of fine tuning that is standard for the lifecycle of any car. However, what is new is the sharp and responsive V6 engine taken from the firm’s higher-up model range, complete with turbocharger situated in the valley created by two cylinder banks in order to provide a much sharper throttle response. 354lb ft of torque and 349bhp are developed by the 3.0-litre unit.
How does it handle?
The Macan was easily the class leader in regard to handling agility even before this new update. This is partly because of the smart four-wheel drive system that is able to power the rear axle until close to the traction limit, when the front axle gets pulled into action, as well as staggered tyres that provide more rubber on the front end. The Macan S remains every bit as great to drive following its facelift, with uncommonly precise steering for such a high-riding vehicle, and close to immediate front-end response. The most impressive aspect of the Macan S is that there is no need to make any allowances because of the vehicle’s elevated centre of gravity. It can be driven in the same manner as a hot hatch, registering the couple of degrees of extra roll when really blasting into a bend. The seating position is very sporting for the kind of vehicle it is, and it is much easier to drive around town and on narrow roads due to its smaller statue in comparison to a Cayenne.
Is it worth buying?
The Porsche Macan S is a vehicle that could win over even the most cynical 4x4 critic, offering superb
handling and performance without losing comfort and refinement. It is definitely worth a purchase.