2018 Porsche Macan SUV Review

 

With enough seating available for five adults and a performance worth Porsche’s name, the new and invigorated 2018 Porsche Macan isn’t just our favorite but is simply an excellent luxury crossover worth considering. Its strengths include a spirited performance, quiet and serene ride, engaging and athletic driving character, and it’s highly customizable to meet individual tastes. Its release date should be expected before this fall, according to credible sources privy of Porsche operations.

Add-ons for the 2018 model include a heated steering wheel for the Macan Turbo, a tri-zone automatic climate control which is now standard across the entire trim lineup, and a surround-view camera.

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The 2018 Porsche Macan is proof that a tall ride height, seating capacity for five people, a cargo area rivalling that of a hatchback, and a badge worth respect and ride quality accolades can warrant a Stuttgart Coat of Arms at the front. Indeed, in today’s compact luxury crossover segment, the Macan has made a name ad is now one of the most rewarding and fastest growing vehicle available.

With a performance that can rival top rated SUVs, a bespoke interior made of only soft-touch materials, and power output rated at 340 hp for its base model, the redesigned 2018 Porsche Macan is simply irresistible. So much can be said about the changes Porsche’s newest vehicle comes with but still some downsides weren’t completely eliminated. They include an expensive price tag that can dissuade many from owning one and inadequate cargo and rear seat space.

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Other alternatives to consider include BMW X3 2018, 2018 Audi Q5 and SQ5, and 2018 Range Rover Evoque.

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Interior Dimensions & Exterior Photos – 2018 Porsche Macan

The new 2018 Porsche Macan is available in only S and Turbo trims. And just like before, it comes as a five-passenger compact SUV.

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Standard features and equipment available on the base 2018 Porsche Macan S include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, automatic bi-xenon headlights, 18/19” wheels, LED running lights, an eight-way power front seats, automatic climate control, LED running lights, cruise control, automatic wipers, foglights, 11-speaker sound system, a USB/iPod interface, a 7” touchscreen interface, simulated suede and leather upholstery, rear privacy glass, a power liftgate, and 40/20/40-split folding rear seats.

Opting for the 2018 Porsche Macan Turbo gets you a 14-speaker sound system, LED foglights, bi-xenon headlights, a simulated suede headliner, 19” wheels, a heated steering wheel, unique front and rear fascias, adaptive suspension dampers, bigger brakes, a more robust engine, a heated 10-way power front seats, HD and satellite radio, power adjustable side and bottom, bolsters, aluminum accents, and full leather upholstery.

Except the styling elements and engine specs, most of the Turbo’s features are also grouped into optional packages from the S model. These include adaptive cruise control, adjustable air suspension system, 20/21” wheels, thermal and noise-insulating privacy glass, variable torque vectoring, high-performance ceramic brakes, auto-diming rearview mirrors, rear and front parking sensors, roof rail choices, dual-note sport exhaust, a panoramic sunroof, and skid plates.

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Interior wise, Porsche has provided a plethora of upscale technologies and features including but not limited to a rear seat entertainment system, a 16-speaker sound system, a trip computer, smartphone app integration system, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, voice command functionality, HD and satellite radio and a launch control feature.

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2018 Porsche Macan Engine Specs Review

Under the hood of the 2018 Porsche Macan S is a 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine good for 340 horsepower and 339 pounds of torque. Standard features include an AWD and a seven speed automated manual transmission system.

During our test drive, the base S trim was able to zip to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. Which is impressive considering the average for its class clock at upwards of 6.5 seconds.

Stepping up the game to another level is the 2018 Porsche Macan Turbo which features a 3.6L V6 engine under its hood. Its output stands at 400 horsepower and 406 pounds of torque. Also, it comes with a standard all-wheel-drive and a seven-speed transmission system. Its acceleration to 60 mph is in 4.4 seconds.

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EPA ratings for the two engines stand at 17/23/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2018 Porsche Macan Release Date & Price

The Porsche Macan 2018 S model costs an MSRP starting at $52,600, and up to $73,900 for the top-of-the-line Turbo. As for the release date, the vehicle should be heading to dealerships soon.

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