The 2019 Porsche Macan represents an update of the German luxury brand’s bestseller. The changes go beyond a simple facelift, with Porsche tweaking chassis tuning, adding new wheels and better tires, improving brake feel and upgrading technology. In typical Porsche fashion, it has since begun its slow rollout of trims equipped with the new features. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a long weekend with the new Macan S.
Equipped with the optional Porsche Active Suspension Management, the Macan’s ride is downright excellent – smooth and quiet without being squishy or floaty. There’s no dive under braking, despite Porsche having retuned the brakes for more responsiveness in this generation. The true testament to the superior ride and body control came from my motion-sickness-prone wife, who took the opportunity to be my passenger on an extended excursion in the Macan S. After an hour or so of driving in traffic with everything kept in normal settings, she remarked how it was the least carsick she had felt as a passenger in years.
Handling is also impressive, which is no small feat in a vehicle that weighs 4,239 pounds. Porsche won’t let a little bulk get in the way of an entertaining drive, which is demonstrated further in the even heavier Cayenne and the Taycan. The Macan responds quickly to steering inputs, and feels stable tracing a fast arc on a country road. .
The Macan S is interesting from a value perspective. It starts at an MSRP of $60,750 including the $1,250 in destination charge, which feels reasonable for a powerful crossover bearing the Porsche badge, especially when it’s actually this nice to drive. This tester was optioned up to $70,990. That cost included:
All snark aside, and despite not being a feature-rich tester, the interior is accommodating to driver and passengers.
The Macan S is a crossover that not only looks and feels special, it’s fun to drive. And the Macan only gets more interesting from here. Porsche is introducing the new Macan Turbo, which borrows the 434-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 from the Cayenne S. Even better (at least I think), Porsche has announced that the next generation of the Macan will be all-electric, using the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) vehicle architecture it shares with Audi. I honestly cannot wait for that. If you can’t either, you won’t be disappointed settling for this Macan S in the mean time. Just set aside a little (or a lot) of extra cash for options.