And it came to pass that Porsche decided to venture into the SUV segment, a thing that was unpleasant in the eyes of Porsche purists. The first offspring of the illicit affair with a category that was formerly unacceptable was the Cayenne and boy was it a beauty! The brand's fanatics, expecting the Cayenne to be the first and last of its kind must have been sacrificing to the gods to maintain the 911 till the end of time.
But the Cayenne was not only beautiful, but it was also a huge success, and this led to another one of its kind. The shot callers in Zuffenhausen took a second shot at the SUV market and out came a curvy, compact five-seater that became known as the Macan. A number of purists remain disgruntled, some in occasional therapy, but there is no doubting the healthy sales numbers of the Macan. Unlike other mid-sized compact SUVs, this one earned a place in the garages of many families for being the best of both worlds; enjoyable and practical.
What's new for 2018?
For 2018, the Macan receives new interior and exterior colors and more importantly, the first year of the SUV's scheduled maintenance is now on the house. Yeah, that's right, Porsche is footing the bill. To keep the interior as clean as possible, there is a new carbon filter that keeps all the dust, pollen, odors and other particles outside the cabin.
Which trim levels are available?
The Macan is offered in five trim levels; the Base, S, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo with Performance Package. The Base Macan sports a 252-hp turbo four-cylinder, the S is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 340-hp, the GTS has the same 3.0-litre V6 as the S putting out 360-hp, while the Turbo gets a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 400-h. Adding the Performance Package pushes the figure up to 440. All engines are paired with a paddle-shifted seven-speed PDK transmission and a full-time all-wheel-drive system. An auto start-stop system and coasting function helps improve fuel economy, while a standard sport button allows the driver to engage a higher performance sport-spirited driving experience
Does it have outstanding features?
It goes without saying that German cars come with unbelievable attention to detail, it is just outright crazy. Take for example Porsche's Active Aerodynamics which the 2018 Macan is a proud owner. The front grille is equipped with a shutter door that closes during your usual relaxed drive when cooling requirements are low. This helps improve on fuel economy and aerodynamics. During a spirited drive, the demand for power causes the shutter to open for more airflow to the engine, and this causes better cooling.
How practical is the interior?
In addition to a great deal of controls, Porsche has integrated a good amount of storage equipment for occupants of the front seats which includes a glove compartment with a cooler and a lidded box between the two front seats; it houses a USB port, Aux-in, and a 12-volt power outlet. The backseat has a lot of leg and headroom for its passengers, save for the guy in the middle who would have to be a really small adult if the plan is to take a long ride in that position. There is enough room for four adults and their luggage in the entire car when going for a long drive.
What is the price tag?
The Base 2018 Macan starts at $47,800, and the figure proceeds through $55,400 for the S, $68,900 for the GTS up until $87,700 for the fully loaded AWD with Performance Package Turbo.