June 28, 2022

2022 Porsche Macan.Matt Bubbers/The Globe and Mail

That is the least costly new Porsche you should buy, however – surprisingly – it’s additionally one the model’s greatest automobiles. And that’s not even essentially the most outstanding factor concerning the primary Macan; one way or the other, regardless of its age, it’s nonetheless a high contender within the luxurious SUV enviornment. It was launched approach again in 2014, spruced up in 2018, and now it’s getting one other makeover for 2022.

Why has Porsche let its best-seller get so lengthy within the tooth? If spy-photos and rumours are appropriate, it’s as a result of the corporate is maintaining the present Macan round whereas it readies an all-new all-electric model, which may arrive subsequent 12 months. So, should you don’t want a brand new SUV proper now, bear that in thoughts.

Whereas the Macan is the least costly Porsche, it’s no discount. The 2022 mannequin begins at $58,500, however the modestly optioned four-cylinder SUV you see right here prices $71,500 earlier than taxes and charges. The value displays a premium over BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes to have that golden Porsche crest on the hood. Annoyingly although, the Macan is admittedly good.

It’s additionally the cornerstone of the corporate’s massively worthwhile product portfolio. Porsche Canada offered a record-breaking 9,141 new automobiles final 12 months, and greater than one-third of them had been Macan SUVs. It’s the gateway into the cult of Porsche.

For 2022, the Macan troopers on with minor styling tweaks and a revised cabin. The brand new steering wheel and centre console are ripped from Porsche’s flagship 911 sports activities automotive. The shiny black floor of the console hides touch-sensitive buttons, which, fortunately, you should use whereas sporting gloves. The design leaves little area for storage up entrance, and picks up grime and fingerprints too simply, nevertheless it retains the cabin trying fashionable.

See also  ev shopping for guideShould you purchase a used electrical automobile?Might 13, 202...

The 2022 Macan troopers on with minor styling tweaks and a revised cabin.Matt Bubbers/The Globe and Mail

Actually, the one space by which the up to date 2022 Macan actually exhibits its age is beneath the hood. You may get your selection of four- or six-cylinder gasoline engines, however there’s no plug-in hybrid on provide, which is a disgrace in 2022.

The turbocharged four-cylinder motor within the entry-level Macan is nothing particular; it will get the job finished with 261 horsepower. The motor feels sluggish initially, till you hit the button labelled ‘Sport’ on the centre console. Then the SUV wakes up and scoots ahead extra like a Porsche ought to.

Straight line efficiency received’t impress anyone, however the way in which this Macan tackles corners is phenomenal. Don’t count on it to drive like an SUV. You sit up excessive, however the Porsche’s taught suspension resists body-roll and rides over dangerous roads extra like a scorching hatchback. Even this entry-level mannequin is exact, keen and effortlessly composed, whipping round an on-ramp.

The trip isn’t uncomfortable, nevertheless it may definitely be softer and extra forgiving – particularly given the way in which individuals really use compact SUVs – however then the Macan would lose a few of its Porsche-ness, a few of that dealing with prowess that makes it really feel so good to drive.

You pay for the Macan’s dealing with prowess in on a regular basis practicality. It’s smaller, with much less rear-seat area and cargo capability than many more moderen rivals.

There are 16 completely different inside trims to select from and 19 completely different wheel choices.Matt Bubbers/The Globe and Mail

Regardless of these compromises, the Macan’s dealing with and sheer desirability make it a high contender within the crowded compact luxurious SUV area. That mentioned, you might need to maintain off on shopping for one as a result of there’s an all-electric model coming quickly. Given how spectacular Porsche’s first all-electric automotive – the Taycan – was, we’ve got excessive hopes for the corporate’s sophomore effort.

Tech specs

2022 Porsche Macan

  • Base value/as examined: $58,500 / $71,500
  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo
  • Transmission/drive: seven-speed dual-clutch computerized / all-wheel drive
  • Gasoline financial system (litres/100 kilometres): 12.4 metropolis, 9.3 freeway
  • Options: Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Volvo XC60, Genesis GV70, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, Vary Rover Evoque, Tesla Mannequin Y

Seems

It’s virtually indistinguishable from final 12 months’s Macan, however wait, there are 16 completely different inside trims to select from and 19 completely different wheel choices. Nineteen! That’s the sort of customization we wish to see, however, as a result of that is Porsche, costs are foolish. (A $6,000 set of wheels on an $58,500 SUV is like placing truffles on a burger, tasty maybe, however a little bit of a waste.) Spray from the large wheels will get the automotive soiled rapidly too.

Inside

Except you dip into the choices checklist, it doesn’t really feel particularly luxurious. Common-sized adults will really feel cramped within the again, with knees in opposition to the entrance seats. The panoramic glass roof is beautiful, however cuts into the restricted rear headroom.

Common-sized adults will really feel cramped within the again, with knees in opposition to the entrance seats.Matt Bubbers/The Globe and Mail

Efficiency

The four-cylinder is peppy sufficient in sport mode – 0-100 kilometres an hour in 6.4 seconds ain’t dangerous – that you could possibly be completely satisfied with out the V6. It’s a disgrace there’s no hybrid choice although, as a result of gas financial system isn’t good; our tester averaged 12.5 litres per 100 kilometres. Adaptive air suspension is a dear $3,140 choice that might seemingly make the Macan cushier for on a regular basis driving.

See also  On the lookout for a pickup truck and pondering electrical? Right here’s what's ...

Expertise

Driver assists like lane-keeping and adaptive cruise management are non-obligatory extras. The ten.9-inch contact display screen is obvious and intuitive and the voice management even does a good job of inputting addresses into the navigation. There aren’t many bodily controls although, so you have to contact the display screen rather a lot.

Cargo

The rakish roofline cuts into the trunk area. The Macan’s 488-litre capability is 62-litres lower than you get within the BMW X3 or Mercedes GLC.

Verdict

An inside improve ensures the 2022 Porsche Macan continues to be a high contender, however take into account ready for the all-electric model.

The inside improve ensures the 2022 Porsche Macan continues to be a high contender.Matt Bubbers/The Globe and Mail

Purchasing for a brand new automotive? Try the brand new Globe Drive Construct and Worth Instrument to see the newest reductions, rebates and charges on new automobiles, vans and SUVs. Click on right here to get your value.