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2022 Porsche Macan Review: The Base Model Is Just Fine

Written by Nuel

With a starting price of $56,250 (including $1,350 for destination), the Macan is the least expensive way to park a Porsche in your driveway. That price tag gets you the entry-level, four-cylinder Macan, and I’m happy to report that even in base form, Porsche’s compact SUV delivers.

 

2022 Porsche Macan
8.0

2022 Porsche Macan

MSRP

LIKE

  • Sharp handling
  • Looks great
  • Porsche’s least-expensive model

DON’T LIKE

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Less cargo space than competitors
  • Lacks standard driver-assistance tech

For 2022, the Macan gets a marginally updated look, yet it stays an attractive SUV. Driven lights are standard in all cases, and the front and back guards are somewhat not quite the same as in the past. Some wheel decisions are new, as well, with rollers as large as 21 crawls in distance across on offer.

Inside, the Macan has an illuminated mid-control area, like what Porsche offers in the Cayenne and Panamera. Likewise close by is a 10.9-inch touchscreen running the Porsche Communication Management infotainment framework, however, inquisitively, it’s not the most state-of-the-art variant of PCM. Certainly, the framework by and large is very responsive, however, the menu structure is to some degree confounded and there’s no Android Auto similarity. Remote Apple CarPlay is standard, in any event, however, a charging cushion costs $270.

 

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Overall, the Macan’s interior isn’t any bigger or smaller than before, and the cargo area is one of the most compact in this class. Porsche says you’ll get just 17.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, compared with 25.8 cubic feet in the Audi Q5 and nearly 29 cubic feet in the BMW X3 and Genesis GV70. However, fold the seatbacks flat and the Macan has 52.9 cubic feet of space, which isn’t too bad.

 

Fortunately, the Macan’s presentation compensates for any lodge deficiencies. The 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 motor is a little however strong. It pushes out 261 drive and 295 pound-feet of force – – increments of 13 hp and 22 lb-ft over the 2021 Macan 2.0T. All-wheel drive is standard, just like a seven-speed double grip programmed transmission, and with send-off control actuated – – part of the discretionary Sport Chrono bundle – – Porsche says this Macan will hurry to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Not awful for a base model.

 

Sport Chrono is just one of many options you can add to the base Macan, and I think it’s a worthwhile upgrade. This $1,220 add-on gets you an Individual drive mode where you can set your parameters for the powertrain and chassis, as well as the Sport Response button which puts the Macan on the full boil for 20 seconds — perfect for passing slowpokes on the highway.

Still, even in Porsche’s preset modes, the Macan is a joy. The steering is light and direct — though maybe a little too light for my liking — and I love how in Sport Plus mode, the transmission will hang out close to the redline and downshift under braking. Even with the 2.0-liter engine, the Macan has a lot of verve.

 

This SUV is perfect while wandering in and out of town, as well. The super motor conveys power without a hitch and the transmission’s movements are rarely jerky. The suspension is well-tuned, allowing no pothole to upset my cool and gathered insight. However, it’s not all ideal. If driver-help highlights are on your priority list, plan to open thy wallet. Path change help is $700, path keeping help is $800 and an encompass view camera is $1,200.

 

 

However, the Macan’s worst foible might be its fuel economy. The EPA gives this compact SUV a rating of 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. During a week of testing, I’m seeing 22.8 mpg, but checking the competition, the Macan looks like a gas guzzler. An Audi Q5 with its 2.0-liter turbo engine gets 29 mpg highway, and four-cylinder versions of the BMW X3, Genesis GV70, Mercedes-Benz GLC300, and Volvo XC60 get 28 mpg. And the Macan costs at least $10,000 more than all of those competitors. Ouch.

But while it might not be a value proposition, once the road turns twisty, no small SUV handles like the Macan. Sharp and sporty, but practical as well, the four-cylinder Macan is a true Porsche at heart.

 

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Performance 8
Features7
Design8
Media7

SPECS.                                             See full specs

Engine.               4 Cylinder Engine, Turbocharged
Drivetrain.                         All Wheel Drive
MPG.                                       21 MPG
Passenger Capacity.                    5
Body Type                          Crossovers, SUVs

 

 

 

 

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