Porsche Macan Diesel S vs rivals

11 Jun, 2014 2:50pm

Is Porsche’s Macan the best premium family car? We test it against top a SUV and an estate

Just over a decade after Porsche redefined the SUV sector with the Cayenne, and it’s hoping to make waves again with the new Macan

The Porsche's second 4x4 combines compact SUV dimensions with the promise of a sports car-inspired driving experience, plus it comes with a choice of three petrol engines and one diesel. The order book is filling fast, but just how good is the new Macan? 

To find out, we’ve lined up the Macan Diesel S against a pair of very talented rivals. 

First up is the Range Rover Evoque, which is our reigning compact SUV champion, and now boasts a new nine-speed gearbox. Meanwhile, the flagship BMW 335d xDrive M Sport Touring is a fine handling, fast and practical all-wheel-drive premium estate car. 

So can the new Porsche challenge both? To find out which one of these models  makes the biggest splash, we hit the road and track to deliver our definitive verdict.

Click the links below for the full verdict on each car...

Porsche Macan review

BMW 3 Series Touring review

Range Rover Evoque review

Now read our head-to-head group test results below...

Head-to-head

Off-road 

Owners of these cars are unlikely to get too adventurous, but the Range Rover and Porsche offer a wider range of abilities than the 3 Series. The Macan has off-road mode and hill-descent control, plus with the £1,785 air-suspension it raises the ride height – giving an approach angle of 26.6 degrees. The Terrain Response system lets owners tune their Evoque to different surfaces – it can tackle slopes of up to 25 degrees. 

Efficiency 

All three cars in this test come with stop-start as standard. The 148g/km BMW is the cleanest, but the two SUVs both emit 159g/km – impressive given their size and weight. The Porsche is the heaviest car here, but has active radiator shutters and a coasting function in the PDK transmission. 

Handling 

Decent handling SUVs are nothing new. The Evoque is nice to drive, but the Macan takes things to a new level. This is a car in which you’ll seek out a twisty road just for the pleasure of driving – as you would in a Porsche Cayman or 911. 

Verdict

1st place: Porsche


If there was ever any doubt that an SUV could wear a Porsche badge, the Macan dispels it once and for all. Sublime handling is matched to impressive refinement and a class-leading diesel engine. Just watch out for costly options.  

2nd place: BMW

The 335d Touring delivers huge performance with the reassurance of all-wheel drive. It’s spacious, well built and efficient, too. But it’s a mark of the Macan’s abilities that the 3 Series is simply outclassed by Porsche’s new SUV.  

3rd place: Range Rover

It’s a familiar sight, but the Evoque can still turn heads. It’s also decent to drive, well equipped and oozes upmarket class. It just feels off the pace in this company. The four-cylinder engine lacks performance and falls short of its competitors here.

Porsche Macan S Diesel BMW 335d xDrive M Sport Touring Range Rover Evoque SD4 Dynamic LUX
On the road price/total as tested £43,535/£64,705 £42,820/£49,810 £45,805/£46,160
Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000) £26,252/60.3% £18,113/42.3% £26,979/58.9%
Depreciation £17,283 £24,707 £18,826
Annual tax liability std/higher rate £2,338/£4,676 £2,131/£4,262 £2,426/£4,852
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles) £2,622/£4,369 £2,355/£3,925 £2,378/£3,963
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost 39/£498/G/£180 43/£502/F/£145 35/£498/G/£180
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service N/A £425 (5yrs/50k) £499 (5yrs)
Length/wheelbase 4,681/2,807mm 4,624/2,810mm 4,365/2,660mm
Height/width 1,624/1,923mm 1,429/1,811mm 1,635/1,985mm
Engine V6/2,967cc 6cyl in-line/2,993cc 4cyl in-line/2,179cc
Peak power/revs  255/4,000 bhp/rpm 309/4,400 bhp/rpm 187/3,500 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs  580/1,750 Nm/rpm 630/1,500 Nm/rpm 420/1,750 Nm/rpm
Transmission  7-spd PDK/4WD 8-spd man/4WD 9-spd auto/4WD
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel 60 litres/sealant 57 litres/run-flat 57 litres/sealant
Boot capacity 500/1,500 litres 495/1,500 litres 575/1,445 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 1,880/695kg/N/A 1,765/550/1,800kg 1,685/665/1,800kg
Turning circle/drag coefficient 11.8 metres/0.35Cd 11.7 metres/0.32Cd 11.3 metres/N/A
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery 2yrs/2yrs  3yrs (unltd)/3yrs  3yrs (unltd)/3yrs 
Service intervals/UK dealers 20,000 (2yrs)/36 Variable/153 15,000 (1yr)/130
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos. 6th/6th* 10th/24th* 20th/15th*
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars N/A 95/84/78/5 86/75/41/5
0-60/30-70mph 5.8/5.7 secs 5.3/4.9 secs 9.1/9.3 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th 2.5/3.3 secs 2.1/2.6 secs 3.4/3.7 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th 4.5/6.3/9.3 secs 3.6/4.7/5.8 secs 5.5/7.4/9.4 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph  142mph/1,750rpm 155mph/1,500rpm 121mph/1,500rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph  44.9/33.2/8.3m 48.5/35.7/9.2m 48.1/35.2/8.5m
Noise outside/idle/30/70mph 67/43/61/69dB 45/71/63/69dB 45/72/63/70dB
Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range 28.3/6.2/374 miles 31.5/6.9/395 miles 31.2/6.9/391 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined  42.2/49.6/46.3mpg 42.2/55.4/50.4mpg 39.2/53.3/47.1mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined  9.3/10.9/10.2mpl 9.3/12.2/11.1mpl 8.6/11.7/10.3mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket 267/159g/km/27% 240/148g/km/25% 243/159g/km/27%
Airbags/Isofix/park sensors/camera Six/yes/yes/£322 Six/yes/yes/£330 Seven/yes/yes/yes
Adapt dampers/air susp/hill descent  £785/£1,789/£348 £515/no/no Yes/no/yes
Climate control/leather/heated seats Yes/£1,052/£259 Yes/yes/£325 Yes/yes/yes
Met paint/xenon lights/cruise control £607/£1,060/yes Yes/£710/yes Yes/yes/yes
Sat-nav/USB/DAB radio/Bluetooth £2,007/y/y/£271 £890/yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/yes/yes
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