Porsche Macan Diesel S vs rivals
Is Porsche’s Macan the best premium family car? We test it against top a SUV and an estate
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...
Now read our head-to-head group test results below...
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.
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.
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.
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%|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range||28.3/6.2/374 miles||31.5/6.9/395 miles||31.2/6.9/391 miles|
|Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket||267/159g/km/27%||240/148g/km/25%||243/159g/km/27%|
|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|