2019 Porsche Macan First Review
- First Porsche Macan makeover since debut
- Offered in two configurations: Macan or Macan S
- Updated 2.0-liter turbo 4 (248 hp) or a new 3.0-liter turbo V6 (348 hp)
- New 10.9-inch touchscreen, new connectivity options
- Pricing: Macan $49,900; Macan S $58,600 (plus $1,050 delivery)
The Porsche Macan is the most successful model in the brand’s history. Just 4 years after its introduction the Macan is approaching 400,000 global sales, suggesting this Porsche doesn’t need any improvements. But the luxury SUV segment is among the most competitive in today’s market, and Porsche doesn’t wait for its models to lose their competitive edge before acting.
We recently road tested the 2019 Porsche Macan S in Mallorca, Spain to experience a range of upgrades to the chassis, drivetrain, exterior design, interior features and technology interface. As one of the most driver-focused SUVs already available it was hard to believe the Porsche Macan could be substantially improved. But it could, and Porsche did. Porsche will price the 2019 Macan at $50,950 and the 2019 Macan S at $59,650, including handling and destination charges.
Enhancing the 2019 Macan’s handling dynamics is a new double-wishbone aluminum front suspension that is both lighter and structurally stiffer than the previous steel version. These components reduce unsprung weight by 3.3 pounds and combined with new engine mounts, revised anti-roll bars and available wider front wheels (.5 inch) improve turn in and steering precision. The Porsche Macan’s optional air suspension has also been re-tuned to fully leverage these updated components for improved ride and handling.
The Macan’s optional air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) are now joined by an optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system that features lighter, heat-resistant carbon ceramic rotors. The Macan’s standard braking system has also been upgraded with a lighter brake pedal and 10 mm larger front rotors to deliver improved pedal feedback and greater fade resistance.
Carryover 4-cylinder, all-new V6
The 2019 Porsche Macan uses the same 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine as before, offering 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the Macan S boasts a new 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo V6, offering 348 peak horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque across a wide powerband (1,340 to 4,800 rpm). The V6’s turbo, located in the engine’s “V” between the heads, leverages short exhaust gas paths between the turbo and combustion chamber to provide rapid boost while generating that broad torque band. The engine’s heads also feature integrated exhaust manifolds to reduce weight and improve cooling and efficiency.
Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission serves duty behind both engines. Changes for the 2019 Macan transmission include quicker gear changes in Sport mode, earlier upshifts in Normal driving mode (to improve fuel efficiency) and the use of Porsche’s coasting mode when adaptive cruise control is operating (also to improve fuel efficiency). Another nod to fuel economy is earlier engine start/stop intervention while the Macan is coasting to a stop (this feature is deactivated in Sport and Sport Plus driving mode).
A driver’s SUV
How do all these chassis and drivetrain upgrades impact the Porsche Macan’s acceleration, ride and handling? As you might expect, it’s win-win-win. The Macan is already one of the most engaging and entertaining SUVs you can buy. The 2019 Macan maintains, if not slightly raises, its agility while substantially improving ride quality. Not that the previous Macan was a back breaker, but it clearly transmitted its performance intentions, even on smooth pavement.
The 2019 Porsche Macan S feels far more relaxed when left in Normal driving mode, particularly over the broken and pockmarked pavement covering the island of Mallorca. A combination of narrow, twisting roads and aggressive elevation changes would have challenged most SUVs, but the Macan proved confident and refined throughout the experience.
In addition to the wider front tires, Porsche equips the Macan with staggered front and rear wheel sizes, with wider rear tires adding to the SUV’s stability. In the case of our Miami Blue Porsche Macan S, a set of 21-inch, 911 Turbo-inspired wheels were wrapped in Pirelli PZero 265/40 R21 front tires and 295/35 R21 rears. These wheels surround Porsche’s optional ceramic composite brake package, complete with yellow brake calipers, which never tired after repeatedly managing the deceleration of the 4,200-pound Macan S.
This combination of equipment, along with the optional self-leveling air suspension and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus all-wheel drive, had our Macan S gleefully ascending mounting passes while strafing Mallorca’s narrow one-lane bridges. Putting the Porsche SUV in Sport Plus mode lets the transmission dig deep into the turbo V6’s flat torque band, allowing the Macan S to catapult between apexes with minimal up- or downshifting.
Performance fans looking for an SUV that offers precision at speed and a calmer ride when not setting lap records will find one in the 2019 Porsche Macan S.
Subtle exterior enhancements
The same subtle, but effective, approach to the 2019 Macan’s mechanical features was practiced for its exterior updates. The most striking change is seen from behind, where a new full-width LED taillight connects the traditional brake lights located on either side of the hatch. The rear “PORSCHE” badge is mounted on this light panel, adding to the Macan’s upscale appearance. Larger front air intakes, located under new standard LED headlights, enhance the Macan’s performance image. Updated parking sensors which are fully integrated into the front grille’s “air blades”, give the SUV a cleaner appearance. Buyers looking to break up their SUV’s paint scheme can opt for Brilliant Silver or High-Gloss Black lower body side panels.
Advanced and functional interior design
The 2019 Porsche Macan’s interior also benefits from a number of functional and high-tech improvements. The most obvious is a larger 10.9-inch touchscreen. It’s now located above the central air vents with fewer buttons, giving the dash a cleaner appearance. The other big news for 2019 is an optional GT Sport steering wheel that comes directly form the Porsche 911. This 3-spoke wheel has a smaller diameter than the standard Macan wheel and is wrapped in Alcantara leather. For Macan models with the Sport Chrono Package, the GT Sport steering wheel includes the same driving mode selector dial seen on the latest 911s and Panameras.
The 2019 Macan’s larger 10.9-inch touchscreen combines with new connected capability to give the SUV a series of advanced features. These include Porsche Communication Management (PCM) internet-based functions, like faster navigation routing and predictive capabilities based on past trips. The updated Porsche Connect app also allows drivers to enter a destination on their phone and synchronize it with the Macan’s nav system. The app lets drivers locate their Macan, remotely lock or unlock its doors, and check items like fuel range, oil level or upcoming vehicle maintenance.
Other existing features, like traffic jam assist, have been updated for the 2019 Macan. New this year, the Macan can come to a complete stop in heavy traffic and initiate movement again if it’s stopped for less than 3 seconds. If longer, the system can be re-engaged with a brief press on the accelerator rather than using the control stalk. The system now incorporates steering input, meaning it will keep the Macan in its lane at speeds below 40 mph.
Additional options for the 2019 Porsche Macan include Apple CarPlay, rear window sun blinds, an ionizer for improved cabin filtration, a heated windshield and thermally enhanced glass with noise reduction. The latter uses a film within the laminated glass to block almost 100 percent of harmful UV rays while reducing outside noise.
Porsche Macan competitors
The 2019 Porsche Macan competes in the compact luxury SUV category, one of the hottest segments in today’s market. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, BMW X4, Land Rover Range Rover Velar and Mercedes-Benz GLC offer a similar size and performance at roughly the same (or slightly lower) price. The Audi Q5, which shares some platform elements with the Macan, is Kelley Blue Book’s pick for a 2019 Best Buy award in the compact luxury SUV category. The Q5 is beautiful inside and out while providing an excellent blend of performance, comfort and technology.
2019 Porsche Macan Exterior and Interior Photos
A turbocharged 4 cylinder comes standard on the 2019 Porsche Macan while a twin-scroll turbocharged V6 is standard on the 2019 Porsche Macan S. Both engines are mated to a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, and both provide strong acceleration and a playful demeanor when placed in Sport or Sport Plus mode.
2019 Porsche Macan: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Horsepower: 248 hp @ 5,000-6,800 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 6.3 seconds (6.1 with Sport Chrono package)
Top speed: 142 mph
City/Highway Fuel Economy: TBD
2019 Porsche Macan S: 3.0-liter Turbo V6
Horsepower: 348 hp @ 5,400-6,400 rpm
Torque: 354 lb-ft @ 1,360-4,800 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 5.1 seconds (4.9 with Sport Chrono Package)
Top Speed: 157 mph
City/Highway Fuel Economy: TBD
Prices, Trims and Features
2019 Porsche Macan
Price (MSRP): $49,900 (plus $1,050 destination)
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine
7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
Active all-wheel drive with rear bias
Multiple driving modes
Aluminum double wishbone suspension
Four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed front brake calipers (black)
Front wheels: 8.0x18-inch alloy wheels; 235/60R18 tires
Rear wheels: 9x18-inch alloy wheels; 255/55R18 tires
10.9-inch touchscreen display
LED exterior lighting
Auto on/off headlights
2019 Porsche Macan S
Starting price (MSRP): $58,600 (plus $1,050 destination)
3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine
Four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed front brake calipers (silver)
Front wheels: 8.5x19-inch alloy wheels; 235/55R19 tires
Rear wheels: 9x19-inch alloy wheels; 255/50R19 tires