I’m not that impressed with the 2018 Porsche Macan S. Yes, it’s a Porsche and yes it’s fast, but what else do you get for your money? That’s the real question? A base model Macan starts at $47,800K and this S model I decided to go with has an MSRP of $55,400 just to get it out the door.
In typical Porsche fashion, just like they did with the 2018 Porsche Panamera, the Macan has literally a laundry list of ala carte options. On one hand, that’s totally cool, but on the other hand what it really means is you’re getting shit for standard equipment and options. And honestly, that’s par for the course with German car makers, especially Porsche.
In this review of the 2018 Porsche Macan S, let’s do more than talk about how it goes around the track. Using the Porsche Car Configurator, I priced a 2018 Porsche Macan S to $69,550. What all did I get? Not that much. Let’s find out.
2018 Porsche Macan S: In-Depth Review
For 2018, the Macan only sees minor improvements, including new interior and exterior color choices, enhanced infotainment capacities, and a new Sport Edition model. The latter is only available with the base engine and features additional standard equipment that would cost almost $5000 more if individually equipped.
These include special 20-inch wheels, sport exhaust, air suspension, navigation, and Porsche Connect Plus, along with the Sport Chrono and Premium packages.
Why I Recommend the Macan S
I would select the 340-hp twin-turbo V-6 Macan S. Interior trim varies just a little from the entry Macan into the Macan S into the Macan GTS, so the majority of the price bulge between versions is associated with adjustments to powertrains and other mechanical equipment.
It’s simple to add thousands of dollars to the price of your Porsche by ticking items off the options list, but it is ideal to exercise restraint when staring down the Macan’s order list lest this Porsche be the final thing you’ll be able to afford to buy.
The rub is you have to get some packages, else your 2018 Porsche Macan S won’t have any options on it. It’s always a red flag for me when you have to pay to get Apply CarPlay, especially at this price-point.
Here’s the list of standard tech equipment on the Macan S.
Standard Technology Equipment
At first glance it may appear like you’re getting a lot of standard tech-features with the 2018 Porsche Macan S, but not really. It’s all pretty basic stuff, meaning we expect to see these things on new cars. But on a Porsche, I expect to see a lot more.
Here are the standard features on the Macan S:
- Porsche Communication Management (PCM) without navigation module
- Sound Package Plus with 10 speakers and 150 watts, 7-inch TFT display, RDS double tuner radio, and MP3 compatible single disc CD/DVD player
- Audio interfaces: CD/DVD drive, 11 GB internal jukebox storage, 2 USB slots, and 2 SD card slots
- SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (with 3-month trial) and HD Radio Receiver
- Universal Audio Interface (Aux-In, USB, iPod®)
- Bluetooth® hands-free mobile phone connection
- HomeLink® programmable garage door opener
- Power windows with one-touch open/close
- ParkAssist (front and rear) with reversing camera
- Front wiper system (2-speed) with rain sensor, intermittent control, and washer nozzles
- Rear wiper with intermittent control and washer nozzle
- Power tailgate with fully automatic open/close functionality
- Cruise control
- Four 12-volt outlets
The 2018 Macan features Porsche’s most current technology interface, but it is not the most user-friendly in the marketplace. Porsche has its own Android/iOS compatible program to help track and control a number of the Macan’s systems like security and navigation, though accessing it requires a monthly fee. Not cool.
2018 Porsche Macan Configurations
The 2018 Porsche Macan is a five-seat compact luxury SUV available in five trim levels that correspond to different engines: base, S, GTS, Turbo and Turbo with Performance Package. All come standard with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission in addition to a respectable quantity of standard features.
Porsche adds a couple more standard items as you move up in the scope, but you will likely need to pay a visit to the options list to have a Macan equipped how you really want.
The Macan base version comes standard with features like a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (252 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque), 18-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a lane departure warning system, a power liftgate, xenon headlights, automatic wipers, rear privacy glass, three-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, partial leather and simulated suede upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and a cargo cover.
Electronic features include the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) 7-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite and HD radios, two USB ports and a CD player.
The Macan S gains a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine (340 hp, 339 lb-ft), 19-inch wheels, stronger brakes, different exterior trim types, and dual twin-pipe exhaust vents.
The Macan GTS includes a more potent variant of the S engine (360 hp, 369 lb-ft) and a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension, 20-inch brakes, unique exterior design elements, a game exhaust, adaptive headlights, front-seat memory capabilities and heated sport seats unique to the GTS.
The Macan Turbo builds on the Macan S using a much more powerful V6 engine (400 hp, 406 lb-ft), different 19-inch wheels, elastic suspension dampers, a heated steering wheel, upgraded front sport seats, full leather upholstery, a simulated suede headliner, a navigation system and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound sound system.
Last but certainly not least, Porsche offers a Macan Turbo with Performance Package (440 hp, 442 lb-ft) trim that provides a few engine tweaks for more power and an adaptive air suspension which has a lower ride height.
Yes, the performance package sounds good. In fact, almost all of it sounds good. That’s not the problem. The problem is to actually get a Macan that I would want, it would be close to 6-figures, you think? Let’s find out. Watch the video clip above.
The majority of the goodies on Turbo are offered on the other trims as part of their Macan’s extensive options list. Although virtually all those options are available as standalone things, there are two notable packages that could make ordering or picking out a Macan a bit simpler.
The Premium package adds the adaptive headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front, and rear seats and the 14-speaker Bose system. The Premium Package Plus adds these things along with a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and 14-way power front seats with memory and ventilation functions.
Other options for the 2018 Porsche Macan S include LED headlights, different wheels from 18 to 21 inches, carbon-ceramic disk brakes, surround-view parking cameras, lane departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, noise-reducing privacy glass, roof rails, an adjustable suspension (PASM), the adaptive air suspension, a sport exhaust, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (brakes individual wheels around turns to increase handling) and the Sport Chrono package (an enhanced Sport Plus driving mode and start controller ).
Inside, you can find rear side sunshades, extended leather interior trim, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, Porsche Connect smartphone programs, and a 16-speaker Burmester audio system.
The NHTSA and IIHS have not crash-tested the 2018 Porsche Macan. Lane change assist could be had as a standalone option or bundled with lane keep assistance. Adaptive cruise control comes bundled together with Porsche Active Safe system, which unites forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
Utility and Fuel Economy
EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/25 mpg city/highway for the entry-level Macan and 17/23 mpg for all models equipped with the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6. There are 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and it could be expanded to 53 cubic feet together down. All variants of this Macan can tow up to 4,409 lbs of payload when properly equipped.
Is the Porsche Macan S a Good SUV?
The 2018 Porsche Macan S is a fantastic luxury compact SUV, highlighted by outstanding acceleration and sensational street manners. Its standard all-wheel drive is a rarity in this class. Inside, the Macan has high-end materials and comfy, supportive front seats.
Additionally, it has an infotainment system and standard and accessible tech features. However, the Macan’s cargo capacity is lower than many class rivals’. Additionally, it has low fuel economy estimates and a higher price tag than most classmates, which is what I don’t like.
Should I Buy a Porsche Macan S?
The Porsche Macan is accompanied by an above-average starting price for the course. If your budget permits, it is an excellent option from the luxury compact SUV class. Otherwise, there are other alternatives in the class offering comparable value at a less expensive price. The BMW X3 and Jaguar F-Pace are two SUVs with comparable athleticism into the Macan. As an additional bonus, both have more cargo space than the Porsche. Another classmate, the Audi Q5, has a good balance of sportiness and comfort.
Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Macan?
Porsche didn’t make any significant modifications to the Macan for 2018, so if you are receptive to driving a used vehicle, you could probably save money with a very similar 2017 or old Macan. The SUV was released to the 2015 model year, and it has only gone through a small number of changes since.
2016 models gained a recently available surround-view camera, while Porsche added new foundation and GTS models for 2017 (each with a brand new, different engine), in addition to standard security features such as a rearview camera, parking sensors, and lane departure warning.
The base 2017 Macan comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 252 horsepower, while the GTS has a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 good for 360 horsepower. The Macan S (340-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6) and Macan Turbo (400-horsepower 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6) maintain the very same engines from 2016.
The 2018 Porsche Macan S is a vehicle that deserves its place in the top third of luxury subcompact SUV rankings. It provides outstanding performance and has among the nicest interiors in the business. There are just a few notable shortcomings, and very few class rivals can match the Macan concerning athleticism or interior quality, let alone both.