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Porsche is Porsche Porsche Macan Test Drive

In today’s Taiwanese new car market, the Macan is undoubtedly the cheapest car in the Porsche marque, but it’s not as affordable as its rivals, and it’s the “oldest” car in the range and class, so at this point in mid-2022, how much charm is left in it? This time, after spending a day with it again, we’d like to say that the Macan is still everything you’d expect from Porsche.

The Macan

What’s new?
● Macan GTS with 60hp more power
●Macan S with 2.9-litre twin-turbo engine and 26hp more power
●PASM retuned
●Macan GTS with retuned sports air suspension as standard
●Styling redesign
●Wheel size increased
●Centre saddle function operated by touch
Multifunctional GT sports steering wheel
●Change of gear lever style
● Enhanced GTS Sport Package details

Before we get into the test drive, let’s take a brief look at the development and current status of the Macan, which can be traced back to the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Once launched, the Macan quickly overtook the Cayenne in terms of sales thanks to its modest size, relatively affordable price and versatile positioning, and this “double whammy” was a real bonus for Porsche in the years to come. The Macan, on the other hand, has not been replaced since its inception, and has been renewed mainly by minor changes.

The first minor facelift for the Macan took place in July 2018 and was introduced to the Taiwanese market in May of the following year (2019), which is a long time ago. In July 2021, the original model was given a minor facelift, which was unveiled in December of the same year, with a revised exterior and upgraded powertrain and equipment. The Macan is now available in Taiwan in three trim levels – Macan, Macan S and Macan GTS – with MSRPs harga Porsche starting at $2.97, $3.58 and $4.71 million respectively. The Macan is one of the most “instrumental” Porsche’s of today.

As the Macan is so accessible compared to the rest of the brand, it is inevitably surrounded by other rivals. A brief overview shows that its main rivals include the GLC Coupe, the X4 and the Q5 Sportback, which are also part of the German luxury brand, as well as the F-Pace, which has a British heritage and is also well positioned in the market. The Macan’s rivals are no slouches, so is the Porsche branding worth the price premium for the Macan? Or is the Macan still good enough on its own? Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned from our experience. Before we move on to the test drive, we would like to remind you that, due to the wide range of options available in the Porsche range, some of which have been selected for this test drive, the overall experience may differ from that of other models, and additional information will be provided in the text.

The MacanMacan has a rounded, sporty silhouette and is available in metallic goblet blue paint ($55,800), although the price is not too high.

The exterior of the MacanMacan is not significantly changed, with the front and rear bumper styles and the inlaid chevron trim being the distinguishing elements.

The Macan roof rack and chrome window trim are optional, costing $20,200 and $11,800 respectively, and are strictly speaking not too difficult to acquire, but whether or not you need to add them depends on your personal style.

The Macan’s pierced taillights and sloping back are a stylish addition to the car.

The design of the Macan’s centre console has not changed significantly since before the facelift, but it is still not too old-fashioned and the functions are easy to use.

The Macan’s smoked black cornwood interior trim package is truly outstanding and adds to the feel of the cabin, but with the option costing $107,300, it’s a medium recommendation.

The Macan’s 10.9-inch PCM is responsive and the interface is not outdated, but the menu logic is a little confusing and not easy to get used to in a short time.

The Macan’s second minor change to a touch-sensitive central saddle interface is visually up to date and has a good sense of quality, but the feedback from actual operation is unclear and there is still room for improvement.

The Macan dashboard has a three-ring design with the tachometer in the centre and a digital display on the right-hand side of the 4.8″ information screen.

The 4.8″ information screen on the MacanMacan dashboard has a variety of display functions and supports vehicle settings, but the interface is now somewhat monotonous and not easy to use, and there is no traditional Chinese display.

The MacanMacan Sport Chrono Package costs $58,200 and, with the addition of a new start mode and other racing features, is a must-have for drivers who like to drive.

The MacanMacanBose audio option costs $69,000, and although it doesn’t have a wide range of advanced adjustment functions, the soundstage performance is excellent and worth the price tag.

Two eight-way electrically adjustable seats are standard in front of the Macan, and although the foam is on the firmer side, the overall comfort is excellent, as is the level of coverage, and the seat height can be lowered quite close to the cabin floor to create a slightly ‘fighting’ atmosphere.

The Macan’s rear seat space is average and its comfort is not great, mainly because the backrest is slightly straight and the central position is not suitable for long rides due to the size of the raised floorboard.

The Macan’s rear seat vents are temperature-adjustable and there are two USB Type C ports underneath.

AEB is standard on the Macan, but the pedestrian detection function is available as an option with ACC.

The MacanMacanMacanACC option costs $50,200 and is basically recommended as an option by today’s car buyers. The spherical design of the front radar also suggests a long-range design, which is theoretically suitable for high-speed cruising, but with a relatively narrow detection angle.

The Macan’s Lane Change Assist system, known as Blind Spot Detection, is available as an option for $34,200 and is recommended as a premium option given the traffic conditions in Taiwan.

The MacanMacan test drive is equipped with PDLS Plus as an option, so the Dynamic High Beam option is now available on the instrument.

The Macan 360-degree surround view camera costs $43,200 to purchase, which is not a great C/P value (reversing camera is standard), but it is a matter of opinion whether to get it or not.

The luggage compartment of the MacanMacan is generally spacious, but the rear seatbacks can be tilted 4/2/4 apart, and the interior is flat and easy to access. The test car is equipped with the optional luggage compartment space management system, with new sliding rails on both sides and a fixed bar, but given its total capacity, it’s a matter of opinion whether to get it or not, even at a price of just $18,800.

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