Porsche Macan Hippo Prestige

If you have ever been the youngest in the family then you will know that you need to shout extra loud to get yourself heard but the Porsche Macan no longer needs to do this as the Macan is now the most popular Porsche in the UK. 

As an SUV with a Porsche badge, how could it not be a success? Thing is, the Macan has always over delivered in just about every department. It can off-road better than most owners will need, scream down a winding road with more poise and skill than most drivers have the nerve for, and it’ll seat five with a class-leadingly big boot. Porsche certainly got the Macan right and you can benefit from access to fantastic nearly new and used models which you can find here at Hippo Prestige. Below we investigate the new 2019 Macan and compare it to existing models which we have in stock. 

EXTERIOR

For 2019, the exterior of the Porsche Macan has been subtly but usefully updated. On the outside there are new headlights, a reprofiled bonnet, tweaked door mirrors and some trendy paint options. The only exterior change you’ll really notice, however, is the rather fetching full-width rear light bar, which follows the example of the rest of the newer Porsche pack.

For 2019, the exterior of the Porsche Macan has been subtly but usefully updated. On the outside there are new headlights, a reprofiled bonnet, tweaked door mirrors and some trendy paint options. The only exterior change you’ll really notice, however, is the rather fetching full-width rear light bar, which follows the example of the rest of the newer Porsche pack.

Front and rear parking sensors are standard on all models; this is a great help, because that high rear window doesn’t help with judging tight parking spots and it can be tricky to judge where the sloping bonnet ends. A reversing camera is an advisable and affordable option and a surround-view camera is also available on the new model. 

Truth is that you won’t notice much difference from the outside when comparing the new Macan with its predecessor which was released in 2014. The rear full width brake light apart, they are almost identical.

INTERIOR 

Inside the new Macan, there’s a more significant makeover. The air vents have been relegated lower down the order, to make way for a 10-inch touchscreen featuring a much more feature-packed interface inherited from the Cayenne.

Very few Macan buyers will push the limits of its uncanny handling, but plenty will be thrilled by the upmarket ambience of this cabin. The basics, like a decent glove box, hidden storage cubby holes and comfortable, supportive seats are all well catered for.

Up front, you’ve now got a much bigger, crisper touchscreen to use. At 12.3 inches across, it’s a big one – standard equipment as well, thank you very much – even if its slightly fiddly interface is inherited from the bigger Cayenne and Panamera models.

Porsche has kept the use of physical buttons on the centre tunnel, but within a very short time you’ll see and learn how logically the clusters of climate control, seat comfort and handling/powertrain controls are positioned, and how much easier they are to operate than a touchscreen while you’re flooring it down the road. This is a key consideration in modern car design and fortunately Porsche has balanced out the use of digital and physical buttons so you have the best of both worlds.

Rear space is adult-friendly. Despite the Macan’s clever styling that hides its bulk and slightly dipping roofline, it’s plenty roomy for a family, with a big boot out back as well – 500 litres with all five seats up, and triple that in seats-down mode.

There is no seven-seat option, but that’s not a requirement for any performance SUV. Porsche have realised that in the Macan, UK buyers want to feel they have a Tiger on a leash but also want practical features for the real world.

Useful touches include a cargo net attached to the underside of the solid load bay cover, a 12V socket, a hook to hang a shopping bag and a recessed cubby with a net restrainer that’s perfect for storing smaller bottles. Plus, the tailgate is electrically powered on all models. (The manual release button is hidden at the base of the rear windscreen wiper.) There is also a fair-sized storage area underneath the boot floor if you don’t specify the optional space-saver spare tyre; if you do, the wheel uses up virtually all this handy extra space.

The Macan offers reasonable forward visibility by its class standards. The windscreen pillars are no wider than most and, despite being comparatively raked back, they rarely obscure your view out at junctions and roundabouts – not always a given for a decent sized SUV. Fairly large door mirrors also make for a good view for lane changes on the motorway. 

Sat-nav, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, a USB connection, a 10.9in colour touchscreen and an 11-speaker sound system are standard across the Macan range. Various online services, as well as Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring (so you can use your iPhone via the screen), are also included, but Android Auto is not at the time of writing.

When you compare the old Macan with the new one it is worth noting the advances in tech but quite honestly, the old Macan was a very nice space to be travelling in so many will opt for a nearly new or used model, particularly if a lowish monthly payment is a priority. 

ENGINES, DRIVE TRAIN & PERFORMANCE

The Engines have however been thoroughly overhauled for the new Macan, though there’s not necessarily a huge gain in efficiency as you might think when you compare the old model to the new one.

First off, there’s no longer a Macan Diesel. Porsche has opted out from diesel, so there’s no longer any across its range. 

At the entry-level, the Macan has a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol version, running a Porsche-honed version of the Golf GTI’s motor. All Macans arrive fitted to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as standard (badged by Porsche as PDK), though please note this isn’t as modern as the eight-speed PDK used in Porsche’s bigger four-doors.

The other new Macan available is the Macan S, which uses a 3.0-litre petrol V6 from Audi.

This 349bhp petrol Macan S is a beauty. The S version is much faster than the 2.0 with 0-62mph taking a rapid 5.1sec, but the Macan S does its best work at higher revs: no hardship here as it sounds rather fruity and perky rather than whiney. Even if you’re not winding the Macan S up, it still feels much more muscular than the 2.0-litre and more in keeping with the Macan’s sporty remit. Astonishingly, the Macan S is only about 2-3mpg less efficient than the 2.0-litre petrol in mixed, everyday driving.

Although the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol is related to the ‘EA888’ VW engine in loads of hot Golfs, the Audi TT and so on, the Porsche version has its own turbo, its own software, and Porsche’s standard-fit PDK twin-clutch gearbox which makes a difference too. It develops 242bhp and 273lb ft, which gets the Macan from 0-62mph in 6.3sec, or 6.1sec with the Sport Chrono pack selected. That’s exactly as quick as the old V6 diesel went. It doesn’t feel as effortless, of course, because you’ve got more revs on board, but the gearbox is a very obedient companion. Sports-exhaust equipped, it sounds pleasingly throaty!

The new Macan S with its 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine will return about 32mpg and emits 207g/km of CO2. Finally, the entry-level new Macan Turbo 2.0-litre petrol version, (which is claimed capable of up to 39mpg)  emits 185g/km CO2, and therefore means it sits in the same 37% BiK band as its more powerful stablemate.

It’s interesting to note that the old Macan engine options don’t really suffer in comparison. For example, we currently have a 66 plate 3.6 litre Petrol with turbo pack that does 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds but only emits 208g/km of CO2. We also currently have a 66 Plate 2 litre Petrol that does a very respectable 6.7 seconds for 0-62 mph and emits 167g/km of CO2. Clearly, our Porshe Macan’s turn over in stock quite quickly but we always have some low mileage and used Macan’s in stock and they make a lot of sense to buy when you consider the great value to be had.

Servicing and insurance costs are also slightly higher than those of other luxury SUVs and, with no diesel in the range, don’t expect particularly great fuel economy from any of the new engines; the 2.0-litre unit is claimed to be capable of almost 40mpg, but it’s probably best to rely on  mid-30s. Under road testing, the twin turbo V6 powered S isn’t much thirstier on a motorway run – at least if you’re careful with the right foot. The difference in price between the two isn’t much, so with the vastly superior performance on offer in the S, that is the version we’d recommend if you opt for a new 2019 Macan. 

Although the new Macan models are more expensive to buy compared to key rivals, resale values are among the best in class where prices start at under £47,000 for the 2.0 litre, and £49,000 for the S model. In contrast, you can pick up a used model, like a 65 Reg 3 litre diesel, we currently have in stock for around £30k. 

SAFETY

The Macan is big on safety and Porsche has a strong record for reliability. The Macan is the first Porsche to have been crash-tested by Euro NCAP – an indication of the high volume of sales expected for this model. It achieved the maximum five-star overall rating, plus scores of 88% for adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupant protection, 60% for pedestrian protection and 66% for safety assistance – pretty impressive across the board.

SUMMARY

Porsche aficionados often maintain that the 911 is what all sports cars need to be judged against. This being accepted, then the Macan is the vehicle by which all SUV’s need to be judged. In the new models, Porsche have excelled, and it is not surprising that sales of over 350,000 in the last five years bear testament to this. We are confident that most will be quite happy with a nearly new or used older shape Macan however because, when it comes down to it, they look very similar to the new version, the interior of the older version is still very solid and the engines are also more than a match for most.

Don’t forget that good residual values translate into good PCP deals and you can find some cracking deals on nearly new and used Macans which we always have in stock at Hippo Prestige here or simply give us a call on 01254 916 450 or email us on info@hippomotorgroup.co.uk today.

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