2020 Porsche Macan Redesign: Too Rushed
Porsche likes to say it again: the 2020 Porsche Macan is the sportiest SUV. In truth, yes and no. Because it is necessary to draw in the list of options to find at its wheel the emotions of yesteryear. It’s not Porsche that has become reasonable. This is the time.
2020 Porsche Macan Redesign
Mid-term restyling, up-to-date equipment, and engines aligned with the new anti-pollution standards. The restyling did not require much effort: prow barely retouched (disappearing fog lights, side air intakes with straight and thin blades), and headband light that now crosses the back, family signature already affixed to Cayenne and Panamera. There was no need for more: the Macan was born handsome, with its powerful and fluid line.
2020 Porsche Macan Interior
Inside, the multimedia screen is growing: 10.9 inches, instead of 7.2 previously. It thus pushes a notch down the aerators formerly placed on its flanks. The 2020 Porsche Macan now receives GPS series, full LED headlights (including four-point daytime running lights), and the list of its options is enriched: semi-automatic control in traffic jams up to 65 km / h, heated windscreen, Sports steering wheel borrowed from the Porsche 911. Last but not least, the range of engines has narrowed.
The cabin of the Porsche Macan is elegant, opulent, neatly tidy. The increase in the multimedia screen pushed the central air vents one floor down. The lower part of the console, large and well defined, is lined with buttons on its edges.
It is good to travel to the rear side seats of the Macan: wide and deep seats. Ransom of a 40/20/40 bench, the central passenger is worse off. Deep and flanks right, the chest of Macan is good volume: 500 l. The space under the floor is suitable for conversion. On condition of paying: option to 324€.
The versions Macan GT (V6 3.0 360 hp) and GT Turbo (V6 3.6 400 or 440 hp) are not yet renewed. So only two proposals remain on the table. The Macan S has taken a breath: its new V6 3.0 354 hp develops 14 hp more than its predecessor. Conversely, the four-cylinder petrol 2.0 Macan slightly reduces its wings: 245 hp, 7 ch less, absorbed by the particulate filter.
2020 Porsche Macan Price
Porsche is adept at price simplicity: no finish grid, only one proposal at € 60,860. The 2020 Porsche Macan has thus increased by 2 000 € (58 835 € before restyling). A very moderate increase, given the 10.9-inch screen, the particle filter, the rear light strip and the € 3,130 claimed until now for GPS, xenon headlights, and LED daytime running lights. But this sum is not a ticket of entry. Because the other builder to the Prancing Horse practices the policy of the empty house: it must then be furnished.
After all why not? Buying a Porsche is a highlight. To define one’s own Macan, piece by piece participates in the pleasure and prolongs it. Whether air suspension, active differential, automated start or Sports exhaust require a detour by the list of options, it is normal: these elements are high technological content. But ask for an additional ticket for parking radars (360 €), access and start without key (708 €), reading panels (360 €), Apple CarPlay connection (300 €) or rear side airbags (372 €) spent in the standard endowment of models of this status, it is petty on the part of an SUV placed at the very top of the price scale of its category. Use and elegance so want: luxury restaurants do not charge for bread. The Macan, yes.
On The Road
In fact, there are two Macan. The first is a 2008 Audi Q5 generation: same platform, same engine. He does not commit any fault. The 2.0 petrol 248 hp, known elsewhere under name TFSI, rides nicely in the towers, in a linear manner and in a discreet hissing befitting its muffled temperament. This 2020 Porsche Macan is nice to carry, reassuring, agile, well balanced, comfortable, efficient. In the balance sheet, no fault, but few emotions, and not the feeling of being behind the wheel of a Porsche. The explanation is to look on the rocker: 1870 kg, it’s too much for an SUV that claims dynamic manners. The Macan here pays the age of its chassis, as well as its taste for beautiful materials, soundproofing, and a plush interior: same size, BMW X4 orAlfa Romeo Stelvio weigh 100 kilos less. And a 911, barely shorter than one hand (4.50 m), 400 kilos less
The second Macan is exactly the same as the first. It does not run the 0-100 km / h faster: 6.7 s. But a wide detour by the list of options changes the perception of its driver. The Sports exhaust (€ 2,424) makes engine fires more hoarse. The management with progressive assistance (246 €) strengthens the steering wheel. The pneumatic suspensions (2,652 €) add to its liveliness by lowering the ground clearance by 4 cm and maintaining the attitude during take-offs. The Active Differential (€ 1,500) helps the Macan to shun the acceleration out of slow cornering. Finally, the Sports Chrono package (€ 1,146), snap-in while holding the steering wheel, gives it a boost for twenty seconds and allows scratching 0.2 s on the 0-100 km. In total, € 8,000 more, but another Macan, which resolutely moves away from the Q5 to get closer to the sporting values intimately linked to the history of the Porsche house.
Time flies. The Macan, born in 2014, is already a veteran in the premium SUV club. Its rivals are younger: BMW X4 (2018), Audi Q5 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio (2017), Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes GLC Coupe(2016). Aware of the rising anger of the malus, they paid more attention to their weight than the Macan. And were careful not to turn their backs on diesel. That a 2020 Porsche Macan costs more than an X4 at close power, nothing abnormal. But when the X4 30i is brighter (6.3 s from 0 to 100 km / h) than the 2020 Porsche Macan while paying a half penalty less, the promise Porsche is no longer held.
With the same engine 2.0 TFSI 252, the Q5 (4.66 m) also gave the lesson to the Macan: 6.3 s, 75 kg less, lower penalty. But it is appropriate to talk about the imperfect: the Q5 has just removed from the stall its unique gasoline version! It will not come back until spring 2019, with 245 hp and particle filter. This long compliance period highlights how the “diesel gate” has weakened the entire Volkswagen Group. The extra offense for the Macan, their diesel versions, or even gasoline hybrid in the case of the GLC Coupé, allow rivals to further reduce the environmental tax.
The Macan could not anticipate its birth when he took over in 2014 the chassis of a Q5 launched in 2008, the trap that would close on him. Therefore, its Restylane cannot change anything, it weighs too much. The 2020 Porsche Macan S again V6 3.0 354 hp masks this overweight: 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 s. But the end of the Macan’s path looks bleak, with a penalizing penalty (€ 8,753) and a TVS that will chagrin societies. On the aesthetic level, he did not take a ride. On the chapters of weight, performance, and consumption, which are linked, others are doing better today. The conclusion falls under the pen: strongly Macan II, which will be built on the basis of the last Q5.