“Oh, that wasn’t,” said the woman. “I like these things.” Just as we were conceited about our trip, it became clear she was talking about somewhere else, stopping a few points away. Ah, well, it’s a bestselling Porsche after all, and one can’t be too bothered to see someone else in the same dress at a party. Besides, it’s a good dress, fashionable and practical, as a sporty SUV should be. And the person she liked? So last season. The Porsche Macan 2022 trend includes new details inside and out, and more power under the hood.
Porsche has streamlined the Macan’s exterior with curved front and rear fascias, new mirrors, bright new color options, and a seemingly endless choice of wheels, with the base model now standard in a 19-inch five-spoke design. Our test car wore 20-inch Macan S rollers in a darker finish, $2320. That’s going to happen a lot in the coming paragraphs, as the Macan base we drove enthusiastically picked up to $85,340, nearly $30,000 above its reasonable $56,250 price tag. That’s enough to skip the mid-section of the S, secure the top of the 434-horsepower GTS, and leave enough to spring for a new 2022 Papaya Metallic paint worth $700. But hey, I like who you are with, right?
There’s a lot to love about Macan Beginners, and we’re not alone in thinking about that. Most of the machines you see on the road will be four-cylinder. Porsche says the proportion of customers who chose the base model over the more powerful S and GTS models (and the previous turbo) was about 60 percent, and the automaker expects that trend to continue. While the Performance models offer more power, plus a few cosmetic changes not available in the base version, you’ll get the same spacious sporty stance no matter which one you choose — and if our parking lot fan is pointing, they’re all orbits.
It’s impressive on the road, too. Powered by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and standard all-wheel drive, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 261 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, increasing by 13 horsepower and 22 lb-ft over the 2021 model. Porsche made a lot of changes in The engine to free those ponies. Air is fed to the new mill via a larger turbo and redesigned inlet to reduce turbo idling. It also has a high-pressure fuel injection setup, a new timing chain, and different pistons and rings. Reducing internal engine friction may not be your usual topic of conversation with other parents in the school parking lot, but it may now be. Leave acceleration times to the people who use V-6 models. Even with the dozens of extra horses the baker has, the four-cylinder Macan should hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, and that’s with the optional launch control performance boost from the $1220 Sport Chrono package. This was about the only option our test car didn’t have, so we avoided late-night street races in favor of a sunrise in the hills over Malibu, California. It might not be a straight line rocket, but it was fun when the lines on the map became zigzag.
In the two-page options list for our example, one item we’ll be running around with is the adaptive air springs, a $2750 add-on that includes Porsche’s PASM adaptive dampers. Suspension and driving modes are expected to be different on many vehicles these days, but often they don’t seem to do much other than satisfy the urge to click buttons. But Macan’s settings lead to noticeable changes in its character down the road. The standard damper setting is soft enough to allow some cornering around turns and absorbing each bump like an olive oil ciabatta soak. Click Sport Plus, and Macan straightens up like a drooping schoolboy hitting a nun’s ruler. Now she is paying close attention, and all the sponges are gone. Rough spots from the pavement make their way across the steering wheel with soft bumpers, enough to feel the road but nothing that will turn cream into butter on the way home from the grocery store. Lots of cars claim to offer both comfort and handling. Macan delivers on that promise, stopping by with the same smooth confidence that he transforms. The base model features traditional cast-iron rotors mounted to four-piston calipers at the front and single-piston floats at the rear, but the S-developed tungsten carbide-coated brakes are an option for those who love white calipers and minimal brake dust.
Inside the cabin, far from dust of any kind, the Macan employs a simple Porsche interior with mixed results. What works in the 911’s smaller cockpit seems scattered across the larger SUV’s space. Even with the extra $3,880 red and black leather on the doors and dash, the interior feels subdued, with an odd combination of touch-sensitive controls on the console and a somewhat toned-down but old-fashioned shifter accentuated by the cup holder. The gauges and infotainment screen are similarly divided into a design focus. The gauge cluster, with its extensive physical needles, was refreshing, but the 10.9-inch center touchscreen was so small that Apple CarPlay might appear larger on your iPhone. And what about Android Auto? It is still not supported. The stowage compartments, which are usually the luster of an SUV, are resized like the center screen.
The Macan’s rear seats offer plenty of legroom, but the gently sloping roofline limits headroom. This also requires deeper reach to help toddlers in and out of the back, but the seats themselves — which are heated on our car, via the $2240 Premium package — are comfortable and feature foldable armrests, cup holders and USB ports. While taller adults may not want to spend a lot of time going back there, most family-oriented buyers should be happy enough. As expected from a compact crossover, the Macan’s 17 cubic feet of cargo space isn’t bulky, but who wants to move their sofa? Groceries, coolers, suitcases, pool floats – the Macan can easily carry any set of them, and offers several handy tie-downs and an under-floor storage compartment.
While many SUVs are apparently designed for comfort and utility more than entertainment for the driver, the Porsche Macan is still all about the view from the windshield, whether it’s early morning on a winding road or graceful dance through the moving panels of a car park strip. mall. Even in its most primitive form, the compact crossover Porsche is an ardent partner during all the unexpected twists of the day on the go. Let buyers of other, more spacious SUVs zip through town in their big seats, stare at the expansive infotainment screens, and suck ready-made drinks from cup holders large enough to house a koi pond. We’re going to weave through them so the view opens up to the road. The base Macan proves that you don’t need to have the most horsepower to drive great.
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