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2019 Porsche Macan

Beyond the refreshed styling and and updated tech, find out how the entry-level Macan stacks up against the competition for 2019

by MotorheadOne on July 10, 2024, 21:30

The 2019 Porsche Macan is a compact luxury SUV that seats five. It received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year. It shares its MLB platform with the Audi Q5 but features unique Porsche styling and performance enhancements.

For 2019, the Macan gets subtle updates. The changes include refreshed front and rear fascias, standard LED headlights, a new three-dimensional LED light bar stretching across the tailgate’s width, and new wheel designs. Inside, notable changes include a larger 10.9-inch touchscreen, a redesigned center console with repositioned air-con vents, a 911-inspired steering wheel, and the latest tech updates.

The base Macan packs a 2.0L turbo-4 engine, part of Volkswagen Group’s versatile EA888 series that promises modest output. Overall power is down by almost four horsepower compared to the previous model year. The AWD system and the 7-speed PDK transmission are carried over. Despite its SUV body style, the Macan drives more like a sports sedan. Handling is exceptionally agile thanks to the retuned suspension and staggered tire setup.

The Macan slots below the Cayenne, as Porsche’s entry-level SUV. It competes against other compact luxury crossovers like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, and Audi Q5. With prices starting around $51,150, does the base 2019 Macan continue to offer an appealing mix of Porsche performance and practicality? Let’s find out.

What’s new?

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Four years after its debut, the 2019 Porsche Macan receives a mid-cycle refresh. The changes are evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but they help keep the more affordable SUV in the Porsche lineup competitive against rivals. Visually, it gets updated front and rear fascias with a sportier look. LED headlights are now standard, and the taillights are connected by a new full-width LED light bar, similar to the Cayenne and Panamera. Wheel options have been redesigned and are now available up to 21 inches. Four new exterior colors are also available: Miami Blue, Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic, and Crayon.

Inside, the center console is redesigned around a larger 10.9-inch touchscreen, up from 7.2 inches in the older model. The steering wheel is also new and is inspired by the 911. An optional GT sport steering wheel and an air ionizer further differentiate the 2019 model. Mechanically, the base Macan now uses a 2.0L turbo-4 that promises 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The chassis and tires have been retuned for sharper handling, and options like air suspension and Porsche’s Surface Coated Brakes have been added.

Aggressive bumpers and new LED lights provide a sportier stance

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The 2019 Macan retains its familiar shape but features refined details for a sleeker look. The front bumper is more aggressive, boasting larger air intakes and new standard LED headlights. The redesigned front fascia includes a new black section housing the LED turn signals and running lights, replacing the old fog lamps. A unique styling feature of this model is the clamshell-style hood, which opens to reveal a cutout around the stationary headlights.

The Macan’s sloping roofline gives it a sportier stance compared to most SUVs. The optional blacked-out roof rails add a more robust appearance; otherwise, it resembles a hot hatch. The window line kicks up at the rear, reminiscent of the 911. New 20 and 21-inch wheel designs fill out the fenders, while 18-inch wheels are offered as standard.

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The most notable change is at the rear, where a three-dimensional LED light bar stretches across the width of the tailgate, like in the Panamera and Cayenne, connecting the taillights. These lights feature the signature four-point LEDs, mirroring the design of the front headlamps. The lower bumper is also redesigned with a new diffuser and exhaust outlets. While the standard dual exhaust looks simple, opting for the sport exhaust adds a sportier unit with quad-pipes, further beefing up the rear profile.

The Macan is Porsche’s smallest SUV, yet it remains relatively large by small car standards. Its 110.5-inch wheelbase is comparable to that of the BMW X3 or Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

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2019 Porsche Macan exterior dimensions

Specifications 2019 Porsche Macan S 2019 BMW X3 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Audi Q5
Length 184.9 in. 186.1 in. 183.5 in. 183.6 in.
Width 76.2 in. 74.7 in. 74.4 in. 74.5 in.
Height 63.9 in. 66 in. 64.1 in. 65.3 in.
Wheelbase 110.5 in. 112.8 in. 113.1 in. 111 in.

Updated front and rear LED lamps

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Redesigned dashboard with larger touchscreen and enhanced tech

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The whole "soul of a sports car" concept might be hard to grasp from the outside, but you truly experience it behind the wheel of this entry-level Macan. This feeling is largely due to the low-set seat and the high center console, which create a cockpit-like ambiance. This sensation is even more pronounced if you opt for the GT sports steering wheel, taken directly from the 911, complete with perfectly positioned paddle shifters for the PDK.

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Larger touchscreen and redesigned center console modernize the interior
A new 10.9-inch touchscreen and touch-sensitive controls on the center console give the Macan’s cabin a tech upgrade.

For 2019, the dashboard is redesigned around a new 10.9-inch touchscreen, replacing the old 7.2-inch unit. This larger display features the latest Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system, offering crisper graphics and faster response times. The increased size necessitated redesigning and repositioning the air-conditioning vents just below the screen, a worthwhile effort for its enhanced usability.

A significantly improved voice control system complements the PCM’s true strength: its highly customizable home screen. Users can also easily create a home screen with their preferred functions using predefined tiles and quickly rearrange them with familiar pinch and swipe gestures. Typically, there’s no need to navigate beyond this screen, a particularly useful feature given the absence of a head-up display. The graphics are crystal clear, rivaled only by Mercedes. However, it’s frustrating that this setup lacks a separate controller by the gearstick, a feature many competitors in this segment now provide. This omission is a notable drawback.

The standard PCM setup now includes Porsche’s Connect Plus module, offering a range of features: online navigation with 4G LTE, wireless internet access, a vehicle tracking system, and a variety of compatible apps, including remote services. Notably, the Porsche Connect app allows you to send and receive journey destinations and is compatible with both Apple and Android phones.

Additionally, the cabin is equipped with numerous USB ports and 12-volt outlets, ensuring that both the driver and passengers can keep their devices fully charged. WiFi hotspots come standard, but Apple CarPlay is an optional feature. Unfortunately, Android Auto is not offered.

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Quick-shifting transmission and AWD provide swift acceleration
A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and standard all-wheel drive help the SUV leap off the line and power out of corners.

The endless rows of switches on this SUV’s center console feel outdated in an era where infotainment screen options typically replace buttons. If this had been a completely new generation rather than a facelift, it would have featured the sleek black console with haptic touch functionality found in the latest Cayenne and Panamera models.

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Porsche enthusiasts will recognize the familiar three-instrument tube binnacle viewed through the three-spoke wheel, with the analog rev-counter taking its usual central position. To its right, a 4.8-inch color screen displaying phone, audio, and trip computer readouts might first appear to be a supplementary dial. More impressively, it can also bring sat-nav mapping directly into your line of sight. If you opt for the optional Sport Chrono Package, you’ll get a charming analog and digital stopwatch on top of the dash.

Technology options include a 665-watt Bose surround sound system or an even more powerful 1,000-watt Burmester setup. A panoramic sunroof and smartphone integration come standard, while the driver assistance features now include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, lane keep assist, and a 360-degree camera system. Other new options include a colored, glass-look finish for the center console, an air ionizer that improves interior air quality, and a heated windshield.

Cargo space and practicality

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Practical for a Porsche but not the roomiest in its class
It offers less cargo space than some rivals, but it’s still a useful SUV with folding rear seats and a powered liftgate.

The Macan’s front seats are comfortable and supportive, with 8-way power adjustment and Alcantara inserts. 14-way power seats with memory are optional. The rear seat space is adequate for two adults, and the bench folds in a 40/20/40 split for cargo flexibility.

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The Macan provides 17.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which expands to 52.9 cubic feet when folded down. The rear cabin space of this compact SUV is quite similar to that of an Audi Q5, which is not surprising given their identical wheelbases. However, the Macan’s limited cargo capacity and small interior storage compartments fall short in practicality. Unlike the Q5, the Macan lacks a sliding rear bench, which would have been a significant advantage, and the seat backs cannot be reclined, limiting seating configurability.

Base 2.0L turbo-4 delivers modest output

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Advanced driver assists features keep you safe
Lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and other high-tech aids are available

The base model features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, shared with the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Audi TT. It generates 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque (power output is down by almost 4 hp compared to the 2018 model). Power is delivered to all four wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission. This unit, part of Volkswagen Group’s versatile EA888 series, can produce a robust 360 HP in the Golf R and 306 hp on the Audi TTS Roadster but is tuned to a more modest 248 HP in the Macan. Despite the SUV’s significant weight increase over the VW hatch, which might initially seem to blunt its performance, the engine excels when revved out, offering a surprisingly dynamic drive once you adjust to its unique power delivery.

Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds, or 6.1 seconds, with the optional Sport Chrono package. This performance is comparable to a BMW X3 30i or a Mercedes-Benz GLC300. The Sport Chrono package adds a launch control system and reprograms the 7-speed PDK transmission for quicker shifts. The PDK transmission in the SUV is similar to that of the Audi Q5, but it has been enhanced for faster shifts in the Porsche. The top speed of the base model is 142 mph.

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Regardless of the engine you choose, all Macan models use the same all-wheel drive system with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) also found on some renowned 911 models. Depending on conditions, the system can send up to 100% of torque to the front or rear axles.

Macan’s EPA ratings are on par with its competitors, although some rivals excel in highway efficiency. The EPA rates the Macan at 19 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined, nearly the same as the sportier 911 Carrera 4 GTS. It also features auto start/stop functionality to enhance fuel economy in urban driving.

Specifications 2019 Porsche Macan 2018 Porsche Macan
Engine type 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo I-4 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo I-4
Power 248 hp 252 hp
Torque 273 lb-ft 273 lb-ft
Transmission 7-speed automatic 7-speed automatic
Fuel economy (city/highway) 19/23 mpg 20/25 mpg

Enhanced chassis and AWD ensure a refined and controlled ride

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Comfortable ride despite the focus on performance
Adaptive dampers and an available air suspension help the SUV balance cornering prowess with daily-driving comfort.

The 2019 Macan is fine-tuned to deliver even sharper handling and improved ride comfort. Porsche made several updates to the chassis, including stiffer front struts, lighter-weight front suspension components, and revised anti-roll bars. These changes result in reduced body roll and more precise turn-in response. The steering is very direct and communicative for an SUV, providing excellent feedback to the driver. The chassis feels balanced and eager to change direction, with high levels of grip, especially when equipped with the staggered tire setup that puts wider rubber at the rear.

Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is available, constantly adjusting the dampers based on road conditions and driving style. The optional air suspension can further enhance handling by lowering the ride height by 10mm in Sport mode while providing a plusher ride in comfort mode. The adaptive dampers do an excellent job of filtering out harsh impacts while maintaining composure over undulating surfaces. However, remember that the Macan’s suspension is tuned for sporty handling, which means it can feel quite firm, especially on rough roads or with larger wheel options. Some may find the ride too stiff for daily driving comfort, even with the adaptive dampers.

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The brakes provide strong stopping power and inspire confidence. Porsche also offers surface-coated brakes (PSCB) and ceramic composite brakes (PCCB) options for even better braking. However, ceramic composite brakes are steep options. Speccing your Macan with these additional upgrades can quickly drive up the price.

What’s it like to drive?

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The Macan feels more like a sports sedan from behind the wheel than an SUV. The steering is direct and communicative, with just the right amount of weight. The chassis responds eagerly to inputs, changing direction enthusiastically. The base 2.0-liter turbo-4 provides adequate power for most driving situations. It’s not as smooth or sonorous as the V6 engines, but it gets the job done. The seven-speed PDK transmission is a willing partner, serving quick, seamless shifts.

If you want more performance, the Macan S offers a significant step up in power and sound. No matter the engine, this is one of the most engaging SUVs to drive. Thanks to its compact dimensions and tight turning radius, it is easy to maneuver around town. Although the ride is firm, the cabin is quiet and refined. The Macan feels stable and planted on the highway, with minimal wind and road noise. Overall, it strikes an excellent balance between sports car fun and daily driver comfort.

Pricing and features

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The 2019 Porsche Macan starts at $51,150 for the base model. All prices include a $1,050 delivery fee. However, Porsche is notorious for its extensive and expensive options list. Adding $10,000 or more in options to any Macan model is not hard.

Some key extras include:

  • Sport Chrono Package ($1,360)

  • Porsche Active Suspension Management ($1,360)

  • Adaptive Air Suspension ($2,750)

  • Torque Vectoring Plus ($1,500)

  • Premium Package Plus ($5,540 - includes Bose audio, panoramic roof, 14-way power seats, etc.)

Optional driver assists include

  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality

  • Lane keep assist

  • Blind-spot monitoring and a surround-view camera system.

For 2019, Porsche added a new Traffic Jam Assist function that can accelerate, brake, and steer the vehicle in stop-and-go traffic, taking some of the stress out of commuting.

Porsche also offers numerous a la carte options for customizing your vehicle inside and out, from colored seatbelts and leather-wrapped air vents to painted wheels and sport design exterior mirrors. With so many possibilities, it’s easy to spec a one-of-a-kind Macan - if you’re willing to pay for it.

How’s the warranty and reliability?

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Porsche’s warranty coverage is adequate but falls short compared to the Jaguar F-Pace and Cadillac XT5, which offer more extensive coverage in some areas. Its German competitor, BMW, also provides a four-year or 50,000-mile basic warranty (standard for the segment). Additionally, BMW offers three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, significantly more than Porsche offers.

Warranty type Coverage Duration
Limited warranty 4 years or 50,000 miles
Powertrain warranty 4 years or 50,000 miles
Complimentary maintenance 1 year or 10,000 miles

Porsche is celebrated for producing high-quality, durable vehicles. Although the 2019 Macan hasn’t been rated by J.D.Power, the 2018 Macan earned an impressive consumer rating of 87 from J.D. Power. BMW, on the other hand, earns a consumer rating of 80 from JD power while the Audi Q5 scores 78 from JD Power.

How does the Macan stack up against the competition?

The Macan’s main rivals include the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, and the Audi Q5.


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The BMW X3 is perhaps the Macan’s most direct competitor when it comes to driving dynamics. Like the Porsche, the X3 prioritizes sporty handling and offers a range of powerful engines. The X3 XDrive30i, in particular, is a close match for the Macan regarding acceleration and agility. The xDrive30i uses a 2.0 L, intercooled turbo inline4 that promises 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The BMW also has a slight advantage in cargo space, with 28.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats compared to the Macan’s 17.6 cubic feet.

However, the Macan arguably has a more engaging driving experience, with more communicative steering and a more eager chassis. The Porsche also offers a wider range of customization options, allowing buyers to tailor their vehicles to their tastes.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

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The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is more comfort-oriented than the Macan. It offers a plusher ride, with standard adaptive dampers that smooth out rough roads and a quieter cabin. The GLC’s interior is luxurious, with high-quality materials and advanced features like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

In terms of performance, the GLC 300 is comparable to the base Macan, with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 making 241 hp. The GLC also offers a plug-in hybrid variant, something not available on the Macan.

Audi Q5

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The Audi Q5 is built on the same MLB platform as the Macan, so it shares many of its mechanical underpinnings. However, the Q5 has a more laid-back character, focusing on comfort and technology rather than outright performance. The Q5’s ride is softer than the Macan’s, and its steering isn’t as sharp.

Inside, it features Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster and MMI infotainment system, which are more advanced than the Macan’s displays. The Q5 also offers more cargo space, with 25.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Every Q5 offers a 248-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive.

2019 Porsche Macan vs competition

Specifications 2019 Porsche Macan 2019 BMW X3 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class 2019 Audi Q5
Engine type 2.0 L intercooled Turbo I-4 2.0 L intercooled Turbo I-4 2.0 L intercooled Turbo I-4 2.0 L intercooled Turbo I-4
Power 248 hp 248 hp 241 hp 248 hp
Torque 273 lb-ft 258 lb-ft 273 lb-ft 273 lb-ft
Transmission 7-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic 7-speed automatic


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The 2019 Porsche Macan stands out in the compact luxury SUV segment for its emphasis on driving excitement. Its refreshed styling, updated technology, and enhanced performance solidify its reputation as one of the most engaging vehicles in its class. The Macan excels in handling, offering precise steering and a responsive chassis that make it feel more like a sports sedan than an SUV. Updates for 2019, such as stiffer front struts and revised anti-roll bars, further sharpen its reflexes, enhancing its agility through curvy back roads and on highways alike.

Inside, it impresses with a modernized interior featuring a larger touchscreen, redesigned center console, and available GT sport steering wheel, contributing to a sporty ambiance. Material quality is excellent throughout, complemented by comfortable and supportive front seats. The compact SUV also offers extensive customization options, allowing buyers to tailor the vehicle to their preferences.

However, it has drawbacks. Cargo space is limited compared to rivals like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. This may concern those needing ample room for luggage or larger items. Another consideration is its firm ride quality. While tuned for sporty handling, the suspension can feel stiff over rough pavement, especially with larger wheel options. Some may find the ride too harsh or busy for daily comfort, even with adaptive dampers. Additionally, pricing is higher, starting at $51,150 before options, which can quickly elevate the cost beyond $70,000. Porsche’s performance and prestige justify the premium price tag for some buyers, but others may find better value elsewhere.

In summary, the 2019 Porsche Macan remains a compelling choice for those seeking a sporty compact luxury SUV that prioritizes driving enjoyment. Its agile handling, powerful engines, and upscale interior make it stand out despite considerations like compact cargo space, firm ride quality, and higher pricing.


What is the price of the 2019 Porsche Macan?

The 2019 Macan starts at $51,150 for the base model with the 2.0L turbo-4 engine. However, with options, prices can easily exceed $100,000.

Is the 2019 Porsche Macan reliable?

Porsche is known for building reliable vehicles, and the Macan is no exception. J.D. Power gives it an above-average quality and reliability rating of 87 out of 100. However, maintenance and repairs can be expensive compared to non-luxury brands.

Does the 2019 Porsche Macan require premium fuel?

Porsche recommends using premium unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 91 or higher in all Macan models.

How much cargo space does the 2019 Porsche Macan have?

The Macan has 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats. With the rear seats folded, cargo capacity expands to 52.9 cubic feet. That’s on the small side of a compact luxury SUV.

Does the 2019 Porsche Macan have Apple CarPlay?

Yes, the 2019 Macan comes standard with Apple CarPlay. However, Android Auto is not available.

The new Macan

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Advanced driver assists features keep you safe
Lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and other high-tech aids are available


  • The sports car in its segment.

The new Macan underlines its outstanding position as the sports car in its segment with new powerful and efficient powertrains.

  • Porsche design DNA.

Distinctive exterior features such as the new LED tail light panel ensure that the Macan is ready for the future in the style of the Porsche design DNA.

  • Full connectivity.

The Macan offers comprehensive connectivity and new digital functions thanks to its new Porsche Communication Management system with 10.9-inch touchscreen.

  • Greater assistance and comfort.

Porsche has extended its range of comfort and assistance systems in the Macan with new options such as Traffic Jam Assist, ioniser, heated windscreen and GT sports steering wheel.

  • High-quality appearance.

With new premium colours and perfectly finished materials, the new Macan also incorporates a high quality standard and stands for value stability.

Summary - Full connectivity, new design and even more equipment for the successful model

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Sporty handling remains a Macan hallmark
Retuned suspension components and staggered tires make the SUV even more agile and engaging to drive.

Porsche has comprehensively upgraded the Macan in terms of design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics. The Macan therefore remains the sporty role model in its segment. In keeping with the Porsche design DNA, the compact SUV features a three-dimensional LED light panel on the rear of the vehicle. LED technology is also standard for the headlights in future. The most eye-catching new features in the interior are the 10.9-inch touchscreen of the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), the newly arranged and designed air vents and the optional GT sports steering wheel familiar from the 911. The PCM provides access to new digital functions such as intelligent voice control and the standard online navigation. The range of comfort equipment is extended by Traffic Jam Assist, an ioniser and a heated windscreen, among other things.

Two engines versions will be available at the market launch: The Macan comes to the starting line with an enhanced 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This unit produces 180 kW (245 hp) and delivers a maximum torque of 370 Nm. The Macan S is powered by a new V6 engine with 3.0-litre displacement and twin-scroll turbocharger in central turbo layout. The engine has a power output of 260 kW (354 hp) and a torque of 480 Nm. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and the PTM all-wheel drive are perfectly matched to the new engines. Both Macan models are equipped with a gasoline particulate filter and meet the requirements of the emission standard Euro 6d-Temp.

The driving dynamics of the Macan remains its core feature. The revamped chassis increases driving pleasure by ensuring a more neutral response while at the same time offering unchanged stability and improved comfort. The new Macan again features mixed tyres, which is not typical for the vehicle segment. Like with the Porsche sports cars, it is possible to optimally exploit the driving dynamics advantages of the intelligent PTM all-wheel drive. Newly developed tyres with improved performance characteristics also permit improved lateral dynamics.

With the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), the Macan opens up all the possibilities of the digital Porsche world. The full-HD touchscreen has increased in size from 7.2 to 10.9 inches. As in the Panamera and Cayenne, the user interface can be adapted to suit personal requirements with predefined tiles. With full connectivity as standard, the new system offers improved online navigation and Porsche Connect Plus. The connection to the navigation-related “Here Cloud” plays an important part here. This provides the driver with up-to-date online data at all times for fast route calculation. Other services and functions include web radio with automatic switching between FM/DAB/online sources, the intelligent Voice Pilot voice control system and also remote functions such as security and emergency services. The Porsche Connect app and Porsche Car Connect app enable the driver to communicate with the Macan via their smartphone. The Offroad Precision app can be used to make the off-road experience in the Macan even more emotionally charged and to document trips.

An expanded range of options with enhanced assistance systems is available for new Macan. The optional GT sports steering wheel creates a link to the Porsche 911. A mode switch integrated into the steering wheel – including Sport Response button – is part of the optional Sport Chrono Package that can be fitted in the Macan. The new Traffic Jam Assist uses adaptive cruise control to allow more relaxed driving at speeds of up to 65 km/h. The new system keeps the Macan in lane by targeted steering interventions.

Engine and performance - Agility and efficiency

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New for 2019, the refreshed styling keeps the Macan looking sharp
The 2019 Macan gets updated front and rear fascias, new wheel designs, and standard LED headlights for a sportier look.

The new Macan has completely revamped drive systems. Porsche now equips the Macan S with a newly developed 6-cylinder V engine. The turbocharged engine with a displacement of three litres delivers 260 kW (354 hp) and develops a maximum torque of 480 Nm. This corresponds to an increase of 10 kW (14 hp) compared with the previous model. As a result, the acceleration time from standstill to 100 km/h is reduced by 0.1 second to 5.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package, the top speed is reached at 254 km/h.

There is a further developed four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a displacement of two litres under the bonnet of the Macan. This delivers 180 kW (245 hp) and has a maximum torque of 370 Nm. The Macan accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 225 km/h. The new petrol engines are equipped with a gasoline particulate filter in Europe and comply with the emission standard Euro 6d-Temp.

New V6 engine with central turbo layout

The six-cylinder engine of the Macan S is a high-tech power unit. Used for the first time in the Panamera, the engine has been introduced for the Cayenne and now also for the Macan. The most conspicuous feature is the mono turbocharger located in the inner V in the so-called central turbo layout. The short exhaust gas paths between the combustion chambers and the turbocharger ensure outstanding and immediate responsiveness, which perfectly complements a dynamic driving style.

The new twin-scroll turbocharger provides high torque in the low engine speed range. At the same time, it contributes to enhanced responsiveness. With twin-scroll technology, the exhaust gas flows are continuously fed to the turbine wheel as separate streams. This significantly reduces any charge cycle disadvantages. The further-developed combustion chamber geometry with central injector facilitates efficient mixture preparation. In addition to the increase in the power output per litre from 113 to 118 hp, the exhaust emissions have also been improved. Up to three injections per working cycle optimise combustion and thus reduce the noxious constituents in the exhaust gas.

Both cylinder heads of the V engine have integrated exhaust manifolds. In addition to the reduction in weight and the number of components, this design has the advantage that the exhaust manifold can be integrated into the cooling circuit. This increases the efficiency at high loads, and the fuel consumption decreases.

Optimised inline four-cylinder engine

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The Base model is now powered by a 2.0L turbo-4
The base model features a 2.0L turbo-4 with 248 hp and 273 lb-ft, improving fuel efficiency while maintaining brisk acceleration

The inline four-cylinder engine of the Macan is designed as an especially sporty and efficient power unit – with a boost pressure of one bar, charge air cooling, direct petrol injection and variable valve timing. VarioCam Plus continuously adjusts the intake and exhaust camshafts and additionally controls the exhaust valve lift. Thanks to the enhanced combustion chamber geometry, the Macan complies with all globally valid emission limits. In Europe, the combination with a particulate filter results in a slight reduction in the nominal power output from 185 kW (252 hp) to 180 kW (245 hp). The exhaust tract of the four-cylinder engine is equipped with one gasoline particulate filter (GPF), while two filters are used on the six-cylinder engine The exhaust gas is routed into alternately closed channels downstream of the catalytic converter and flows through the particulate filter walls. The filter is regenerated by active and passive measures and is designed to be maintenance-free for the service life of the vehicle. The thermal management of the engines has been optimised once more by demand-based coolant pump control. This means that the engine and catalytic converters reach their optimum operating temperature more quickly.

Spontaneous power development is one of the main characteristics of the Macan. The Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) was adapted so that the potential of the new engines can be fully exploited. In Sport mode, the transmission is now even more responsive and allows very fast gear changes. In Normal mode, the PDK shifts rapidly and comfortably to higher gears. This saves fuel and increases comfort when driving long distances. In combination with the adaptive cruise control (ACC), the modified PDK now also offers coasting mode, which additionally reduces fuel consumption under real driving conditions. The optimised Auto Start Stop function also makes a further contribution to increased efficiency. This function now already switches off the engine when coasting to a stop at a traffic light. The Auto Start Stop function is automatically deactivated in Sport and Sport Plus driving modes.

New: Sport Chrono Package with mode switch

The Sport Chrono Package is now also operated in the Macan by means of the mode switch integrated in the steering wheel. In addition to the Normal, Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, it is also possible to select an Individual mode. The driver can store an individual setup here and can activate it directly with the mode switch. The Sport Response button in the middle of the mode switch allows the driver to boost the responsiveness of the Macan for 20 seconds at the push of a button so that the maximum performance is immediately available. The sports car among compact SUVs then reacts to accelerator pedal commands much more spontaneously and achieves optimum acceleration values more quickly. The Sport Response function can be activated any number of times.

In combination with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) additionally offers the separately selectable mode PSM Sport. With this especially sport setup, ambitious drivers can get even closer to the limit range of the Macan. The PSM always remains active in the background. PSM Sport mode can be activated independently of the currently selected driving mode.

Chassis and chassis systems - New setup improves driving dynamics

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The Macan is the sporty role model in the compact SUV segment. It owes this position above all to a chassis that is typical for sports cars. This provides unique lateral dynamics without neglecting everyday comfort. The chassis engineers examined every chassis component for further optimisation potential for the facelift. With detailed improvements and a completely new setup, the Macan again raises the bar for sporty driving.

On the front axle, spring forks made of aluminium replace the previous steel components. The spring forks are spread over the drive shafts and connect the springs and dampers with the front-axle carrier. The new light alloy design is more rigid and reduces the unsprung masses by around 1.5 kilograms. As a result, the Macan steers even more precisely and the suspension is even more comfortable. The spring characteristics of the optional air suspension have also been improved thanks to optimised rolling pistons and new shock absorber hydraulics.

Newly tuned anti-roll bars are based on the improved spring characteristics. The directional control is now designed for more neutral handling – and the Macan feels more like a sports car than ever before. The further-developed chassis concept also includes 19- and 21-inch wheels with a rim width reduced by half an inch on the front axle. This means that the tyres are guided more precisely and turn-in ability is improved. All tyres are from a new generation that is specially tailored to the driving characteristics of the Macan. The wheel diameters range from 18 inches to 21 inches. The mixed tyre sizes are between 235/60 R 18 and 265/40 R 21 on the front axle and between 255/55 R 18 and 295/35 R 21 on the rear axle.

As before, the active damper control system PASM, height-adjustable air suspension and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) are optionally available.

Enhanced brakes with more precise pressure point

A lot of detailed work has also gone into the brakes of the new Macan. The driver notices this above all through the changed pedal feeling. The driver presses a so-called organic sheet pedal made of moulded, glass fibre-reinforced thermoplastic sheet material with back-injected plastic rib structure. This pedal weighs around 300 g less than the previous steel part and acts on the brake master cylinder via a shortened lever arm. As a result, the brake response is more immediate and the driver also feels a very precise pressure point through the very rigid connection. Sporty drivers in particular will value this optimised feedback. The even sportier orientation of the new Macan is reflected in the larger front brake discs on the S model. The disc diameter has been increased by 10 mm to 360 mm, and the disc thickness has grown by 2 mm to 36 mm. All new brake linings are copper-free. The Macan S can be optionally equipped with the PCCB ceramic brake system.

The new engine mount with a so-called driving dynamics support ensures an even better connection between the engine and chassis. Engine roll on the engine mounts is thus suppressed more effectively under load. This also influences handling when cornering. The turn-in behaviour is more direct and agile. If the driver accelerates when driving out of the bend, the movement of the engine has a significantly reduced effect on handling. The tracking of the Macan is improved as a result, and the cornering forces of the outer tyres can be used in a more controlled manner.

Design and equipment - Unique appearance with sports car DNA

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The Macan combines pronounced sports car genes with all-round characteristics. This combination is typical for Porsche and has been further extended with the facelift, providing the basis for the further-developed design language. The leaner design provides the new Macan with an even more distinctive and confident appearance. The DNA of the sports car icon 911 and the technology pioneer 918 is reflected in numerous details. The sports car characteristics are underlined by greater emphasis of the horizontal lines at the front and rear. In the interior, the new 10.9-inch touchscreen display of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with full-HD resolution catches the eye. This is harmoniously integrated in the dashboard and signals the significant enhancement of the interior.

A clearer view: LED headlights as standard

The front end of the Macan has been comprehensively revamped. The wraparound bonnet remains a characteristic feature, providing the compact SUV with its flowing silhouette. The headlights have also been completely redesigned and are now always realised using LED technology. In daylight, the sculptural interior of the headlights in the three-dimensional light modules catches the eye. This is a visual expression of the future-oriented lighting technology in the Macan. The LED headlights comprise a central 25 W LED module for main and dipped beam which is supported by four additional modules. The four LED units arranged in a square around the central module form the four-point daytime running lights typical for Porsche. They also support the central LED unit in optimum illumination of the road directly in front of the vehicle. There is an LED unit located under the central element that improves illumination of the road when main beam is switched on. The lighting system can be further optimised in two option levels: The LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) have an output of 35 W, additionally feature cornering light and automatically switch between main and dipped beam. PDLS Plus additionally dynamically adapts the main beam range and includes a junction light function.

The front end of the new Macan appears wider due to the more vertical lines of the side air intakes. This effect is supported by omission of the fog lights. The fog light function is now performed by the LED light technology of the headlights. The newly designed front lights also contribute to the wider look. They have moved from the edge of the air intake to the cooling air opening and seem to almost float there. The parking sensors in the lower front area are now discretely integrated into the aerodynamically optimised airblades.

The Macan also offers new views from the side: newly designed up to 21-inch alloy wheels are optionally available here. In addition, the side blades can now also be ordered in Brilliant Silver and High-Gloss Black.

LED tail light panel in the style of the brand identity

The comprehensively revamped rear end is based on the clear design of the predecessor model. A characteristic Porsche design feature has been added with the three-part, three-dimensional LED light panel. This connects the two tail light clusters with each other. The three-dimensional “PORSCHE” logo is positioned on the light panel. The newly designed tail light contour in the tailgate graphically lengthens the vehicle, breaks the height and emphasises the width. The visual centre of gravity is lower, a further style indication of the enhanced driving dynamics. The brake lights with their four-point design also reflect the brand identity. The tailpipes of the exhaust system are harmoniously integrated in the rear apron and round off the rear end dynamically in downward direction.

High-quality interior with new PCM and feeling of greater width

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Customizable interior with luxurious materials
Porsche offers a wide array of interior colors, trims, and upholsteries to make your vehicle feel special.

Sports car ergonomics, digitalisation and comfort form a perfect combination in the enhanced interior of the Macan. The optional GT sports steering wheel with a diameter of 360 millimetres and leather or Alcantara® covering has been adopted from the 911, for example. The DNA of the 918 Spyder can also be found in the new Macan: the mode switch with Sport Response button of the optional Sport Chrono Package was originally used in this super sports car.

Located above the elevated centre console typical for Porsche, the new 10.9-inch full-HD touchscreen display of the Porsche Communication Management blends in harmoniously. It has been possible to reduce the number of buttons in the display area thanks to the new interface. The air vents have been upgraded with metal trim elements and are now integrated horizontally in the centre console under the new PCM. This makes the dashboard appear wider and flatter.

The new Macan already offers especially high-quality equipment as standard: the seat surfaces are covered with Alcantara® and the seat bolsters with high-quality leatherette, for example. The steering wheel, selector lever and armrests are finished in leather. Additional full-leather interiors in various colours are also optionally available. Further personalisation of the leather interiors is possible through the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.

Every Macan leaves the factory equipped with a particle/pollen filter with anti-allergen coating. The optional ioniser also improves the air quality in the air flow. For this, the air for the climate control system is routed through an ioniser before it flows into the vehicle interior. This reduces the number of germs and other pollutants contained in the air. The air quality in the passenger compartment is improved, benefiting the well-being of the vehicle occupants. The ioniser is controlled by a separate button on the centre console.

New PCM with larger touchscreen and Porsche Connect Plus

The new Macan is fully interconnected as standard: the enhanced Porsche Communication Management (PCM) offers permanent access to internet-based functions and services via the touchscreen, which has been increased in size from 7.2 to 10.9 inches. For this purpose, Porsche has equipped all new Macan models with the Connect Plus module. The driver can use the online navigation function as standard. Like on the Panamera and Cayenne, the home screen can be personalised easily and quickly with predefined tiles. The standard LTE communication module ensures optimum voice quality and data transmission. Customers can also optionally use their own SIM card for data transmission with the integrated card reader.

The further-developed online navigation function with real-time traffic information is now even simpler, faster and more comprehensive. The basis for the simple search for navigation destinations is the central “finder” – represented by a magnifying glass in the header bar of the monitor. This allows the user to search for destinations with simple terms. The finder also offers a host of additional information such as fuel prices, car parks with free spaces including prices and opening hours, or also user ratings for hotels and restaurants.

Voice input of navigation destinations is also just as simple thanks to the new Voice Pilot. Thanks to online voice recognition, voice inputs are now much more intuitive than before. For example, a navigation destination can be entered without stating address details.

In addition, the Voice Pilot does not just permit control of navigation functions. The system also understands commands for controlling music and vehicle functions. Thanks to the online connection of the system, the voice recognition function is always up-to-date.

Navigation calculation has also been optimised. This is achieved by simultaneous processing of inputs both on-board and online. Route calculation for navigation therefore takes place at the same time both online and in the PCM. The PCM decides independently which navigation function has calculated the best route, but always starts with the result that has been calculated first. The driver can also save routes that have been driven more than three times in the PCM with the “Smart routing” function. The PCM therefore learns possible destinations of the driver and can optimise route calculation. Destinations can also be conveniently created before a journey not just in the PCM but also on a smartphone using the Porsche Connect app or on the “My Porsche” platform. The destinations are synchronised by identification with the Porsche ID in the vehicle, app and “My Porsche” web portal.

The navigation system processes so-called swarm data with the new Risk Radar service. This is anonymously recorded and transmitted data from correspondingly equipped vehicles on the traffic and road situation. On the basis of information from the vehicle sensors, this data can provide warnings about fog, slippery roads and accidents, for example. In this way, the new Macan can help to minimise dangers and prevent accidents.

One for all: Porsche Connect app for Apple and Android smartphones

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Quick-shifting transmission and AWD provide swift acceleration
A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and standard all-wheel drive help the SUV leap off the line and power out of corners.

The newly designed Porsche Connect app now provides the driver with even simpler and more comprehensive access to vehicle and Connect functions by smartphone. The app is divided into the three main areas “Navigation”, “My Vehicle” for vehicle-specific functions and “Me“ for user-specific services and settings such as linking of the Connect app with an Amazon Music account. In the “My Vehicle” area, the driver can see whether doors, tailgate and windows are closed in a vehicle view, and can also unlock or lock the vehicle if desired. Information on the range, oil level and vehicle maintenance can also be accessed. The monitoring and security functions can also be controlled.

Users of Smart Home devices from Nest can receive information about their home in the vehicle at any time. The service provides online data of networked smoke alarms and pictures from installed cameras, for example, or permits the temperature at home to be controlled from the vehicle.

The Macan can also now be optionally equipped with a smartphone tray. Here, it is not necessary to plug in a cable in order to establish a direction connection between the phone and the external antenna of the vehicle. A connection with the vehicle’s external antenna is established as soon as the Bluetooth®-paired smartphone is placed in the centre console tray. This reduces the battery consumption of the smartphone and optimises reception quality.

Offroad Precision app for more fun off-road

With the Offroad Precision app, Porsche gives Macan drivers the chance to document, analyse and improve off-road journeys. The “Trip” area functions in the same way as popular running apps for mobile phones. All relevant data is automatically stored when recording is activated: driver, vehicle, route, times, GPS data. Route and elevation profiles are automatically calculated from this, which can then be viewed on a map later on. At the same time, the journey can be recorded as a video either using a smartphone or an externally controlled action cam. The trips can be shared in social media using the “Sharing” function. In the “Personal progress” app mode, the individual driver performance is rewarded with a bonus system. In a tutorial, the app additionally provides new off-road drivers with detailed basic knowledge on how to drive a Macan off-road. The tutorial also contains an overview of off-road parks. Here, drivers can acquire initial experience in off-road driving in a safe environment. The Offroad Precision app is available for iOS and Android.  

Assistance and comfort systems - Greater assistance for the driver

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Larger touchscreen and redesigned center console modernize the interior
A new 10.9-inch touchscreen and touch-sensitive controls on the center console give the Macan’s cabin a tech upgrade.

Porsche has again extended its range of assistance systems for the Macan. More powerful sensors as well as data and image processing allow realisation of new functions. For example, the adaptive cruise control system has been developed into a Traffic Jam Assist function.

Using the radar sensor located in the middle of the central air intake, the adaptive cruise control system monitors the distance from vehicles driving in front and automatically adapts this. Vehicles that cut in from adjacent lanes are also detected. If necessary, the system will brake to a standstill when following a vehicle in front. Thanks to the stop-and-go function, the vehicle is able to independently move off again after braking to a standstill. If the vehicle is stopped for longer than three seconds, it is sufficient to briefly press the accelerator or resume the function with the control stalk in order to let the vehicle move off again.

Traffic Jam Assist provides assistance in queues

The additional Traffic Jam Assist function extends the stop-and-go function by steering assistance. Using the optimised radar and video sensor systems, the system detects lane markings and vehicles driving ahead in the same lane or adjacent lane in a speed range from zero to 65 km/h. When the system is active, the vehicle can be kept in lane by targeted steering interventions. When in a traffic jam or slow-moving traffic, this leads to a considerable reduction in the strain on the driver and significantly increased comfort. The reduced stopping distance function is part of the adaptive cruise control system and thus also of Traffic Jam Assist. This function provides multi-level warnings and braking interventions in there is a risk of collision with pedestrians or vehicles. Other assistance systems for lane keeping and lane changes as well as speed limit display are also still optionally available.

ParkAssist with reversing camera and Surround View

Porsche supports the driver of the new Macan in everyday traffic with a three-stage system of parking assistance functions. The optional ParkAssist at front and rear informs the driver with visual and acoustic warnings when manoeuvring and parking. This function uses ultrasonic sensors located at the front and rear of the vehicle. ParkAssist can also be optionally supplemented with a reversing camera. This supports manoeuvring by displaying a colour camera image with dynamic guide lines and distances from potential obstacles on the screen of the PCM. ParkAssist with Surround View calculates a birds-eye view from four individual cameras that helps when parking and manoeuvring. The display on the PCM screen now has a much higher resolution.

New comfort options: heated windscreen and heat-insulating glass

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Glass options are available in different levels so that the comfort of the Macan can be personalised to meet individual needs. A heated windscreen is optionally available for the compact SUV for the first time. For this, a special film is integrated in the windscreen that does not need any heating wires.

The Macan can also be optionally equipped with enhanced thermally and noise insulated laminated glass. A new acoustic film in the laminated glass design provides improvements in three key areas: almost 100% of harmful UV rays are completely blocked, noise from the outside is reduced even more effectively, and the protection against breaking into the vehicle is increased.

The thermally and noise insulated glass is optionally available in combination with privacy glass. With this equipment option, which is also available separately, all windows behind the B-pillar are heavily tinted. This tinting reduces visible light to below 20 percent for the rear side windows (below 30 percent in combination with the thermally and noise insulated glass) and below 30 percent for the rear window. To further increase privacy, the privacy glass can be supplemented with the optional sun blinds for the rear side windows.



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