Roadshow Video Reviews
2015 Porsche MacanPorsche's compact crossover moves the crosshairs away from sports cars.
Oh, how I recall the jeers and the disbelief with Porsche came out with their first SUV: the Cayenne. No one is disbelieving anymore. It's not their bestselling car by 2X. You could argue [unk] the company. So what took them so long for the follow-up? This is the Porsche Macan. This is their compact crossover, very loosely based on the Audi Q5 platform but it doesn't share a lot of parts, just basic underpinning layout. It also targets the very successful Acura MDX. So get those two in your head as to where this car is going. Now first of all, you're gonna notice it's very low slung differently than a Q5 and it's more sweptback than a Q5, which is kinda more up and down so there's a comparing contrast. It's gonna launch with two V6 engines. One is an S model car. The other one is gonna be a Turbo. There's no base vehicle to start. That may come later with the Turbo 4, the first one Porsche has done ions. Now inside you're gonna recognize a lot of familiar Porsche queues: the wheel, the placement of buttons here on the head unit, this whole very complicated button-filled spine that arrived originally with the Panamera. So nothing in here is too unusual, which is to be expected. In terms of cabin room, I'll need to give it more time on the row but it definitely feels intimate in here. I don't know that it's tight. It's not that small a vehicle. The base or S car is a 340 horsepower motor. The Turbo is 400- pretty stout different there and both are equipped with the 7-speed PDK- Porsche's dual-clutch automated manual. Now comparing to the Cayenne is interesting. The Macan is about 6 inches or so shorter, quite a bit lower, 450 to 550 pounds lighter. So those are real different here. In case it's not printing in size here in our video, believe me, it's a much more compact package. Now, I'm not a big compact crossover fan personally, but this to my eyes is the best-looking one on the market. It's got a restrained look of performance and the low slung lines really transform it compared to a lot of competition. Okay, some pricing. The S- the entry level car- comes out about $50,000. The Turbo: 72,000- before you load them up with infamously many inexpensive Porsche options.