Porsche Macan Turbo 2014 review

12 Feb, 2014 3:15pm Luke Madden

The Porsche Macan Turbo is the ultimate version of the sporty SUV. but is it worth the extra cash?


If having the ultimate is what matters, then the Porsche Macan Turbo is the model for you. But, it's worth considering whether you really need it. The standard Macan S with the Sport Chrono pack and the PASM active suspension fitted will feel almost identical from behind the wheel. You're sacrificing a bit of performance but you're also saving a lot of cash in the process, and you'll still end up with the best-handling compact SUV on the road.

The Porsche Macan Turbo is by far the maddest compact SUV on the road, with nearly 400bhp and a 0-62mph time to match a 911. But with the rest of the line-up already so capable, should you bother shelling out an extra £16,000 for this range-topping Macan?

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Underneath the bonnet is a 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6, putting out 394bhp which helps make this model 0.6 seconds quicker to 62mph than the standard Macan S. For your money you also get active suspension thrown in to help reduce the amount of body roll in the bends. There's more standard kit, too, like 19-inch alloys, sat-nav and Alcantara headlining.

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We had the chance to drive the Turbo on track and on the road, and what impressed most was how at home it felt on both. Out on track it's seriously capable, setting a new standard for compact SUVs that's well above anything that has come before. With or without the optional air suspension fitted, there's next to no body roll as you turn in to a fast corner with the steering communicating exactly what the chassis is doing. On a wet track it'll slide in to a bend on the brakes and kick the back out if you're too hard on the throttle on the way out.

On the road is where the Macan feels like a seriously fast car, with excellent traction off the line and a smooth hit of acceleration right up until the redline. It doesn't feel frantically fast but that, along with the lighter steering and more supple suspension, reveals the Macan's more relaxed nature compared with Porsche's sports cars.

The ride is still firm, both on optional air suspension and the standard steel springs, but with Comfort mode selected you're still guaranteed a pretty smooth journey. Only when you press a button to stiffen up the dampers do you begin to notice just how bumpy the road is.

Still, you won't dread long journeys in the Macan; the cabin is well built and luxurious, filled with high quality metals and leather. It's also clearly laid out and incredibly quiet, even while you're travelling at motorway speeds.

But almost everything that the Turbo is capable of, the Macan S can do, too, and that'll set you back £16,000 less. It's nice to have the extra performance and the extra equipment but we'd save the money and stick with the standard S.

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Why?....... because you can, and you want the best

No!!! British Engineering is Best! As they say in Mumbai JLR oder nichts!

As they say on AutoExpress forums: you are socially inadequate.

By the time you add the spec that is standard in the turbo such as Sat Nav, the difference is not as steep as they suggest - clever marketing!

The Macan is 4.7m long and you call it "compact"! The Freelander is 4.4m, the Yeti's 4.2m, the Q3's 4.4m -- they're reasonably "compact" for SUVs. But the Macan's only a bit shorter than the Jaguar XF or BMW 5-series. If a car that size is now considered to be compact, no wonder parking bays are inadequate for an increasing number of models.


First, Macan is 4.68m, Freelander 4.5m, Jaaaaag XF 4.96m - almost a foot longer than a Macan, not 'only a bit shorter'.

Second, and more importantly, for UK parking bays it is the width that matters:

Freelander 2.005m (mirrors folded)
R/R Joque 2.090-2.115m (mirrors out)
Macan 1.923m (overall width)

Jaguar Land Rover products are obscenely wide, as the Freelander/Joque are based on 2006 Ford Mondeo/Volvo S80 platform, the one that required the transverse straight six petrol engine for the US market, causing the obese width.

The 'small', 'sporty', 'new', 4.4m long, 2 ton Jaguar FAT-Type is simply a chopped version of the 2006 XK, itself a chop of the 2002 XJ, and hence why it is just a few millimetres short of 2 metres wide - wider than the Corvette Stingray - lambasted by UK, butt-kissing car journos for being too wide for the UK!

The Macan is not 'compact' in the accepted sense, being almost as long as a Rover SD1 from the '70s, but it is not ridiculously wide like the products from the Mumbai-owned outfit, still relying on compromised, extremely aged, too wide for UK roads, dating from mid-2000s, Ford era, dreadfully cynical products.

So true. The difference was halved to $11K when comparably fitted. I just ordered the Turbo after seeking the S.

Key specs

  • Price: £59,300
  • Engine: 3.6-litre V6 twin-turbo
  • Power: 394bhp
  • Transmission: Seven-speed PDK, four-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 4.6 seconds (with Sport Chrono pack)
  • Top speed: 165mph
  • Economy/CO2: 31.7mpg208g/km
  • Equipment: BOSE stereo, sat-nav, leather interior, Alcantara rooflining, 19-inch alloys
  • On sale: Now