Porsche Macan review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Without hybrid or diesel options, the Macan is very thirsty and therefore expensive to run and tax
Prices for the Macan range start from around £53,000, so all cars face the higher road tax rate for the first five years of ownership after the initial CO2-weighted payment that’s rolled into the on-the-road price. Most buyers won't think twice about this premium, but unlike the latest range of fuel-sipping premium SUVs from Mercedes or BMW, the added costs of running a Macan of any variant do add up.
That's the thing with the Macan, it is more than a bit thirsty for a car of its class and size. The four-cylinder in the base model and Macan T both share their EA888 four-cylinder petrol with other VW products like the Golf R, but due to the high weight figure, wide tyres and ageing platform, it’ll only return 28mpg at best while emitting up to 243g/km of CO2. Work the engine (and you’ll need to) and the fuel economy only gets hit harder.
The V6-powered Macan S and GTS aren’t much better in terms of fuel consumption, capable of 25.4mpg and 25mpg respectively, and emitting roughly 250g/km of CO2 at the same time. However, thanks to the V6’s extra grunt, you’ll find yourself working it much less, making their mpg figures more achievable and at times preferable to the four-cylinder’s. The extra performance from the engine also makes it a figure that’s easier to justify.
Each model is performance-oriented and with prices escalating well over the circa-£50,000 starting point, you're destined to be paying a small fortune out on insurance as well as fuel. Still, you have to compare like-for-like, and when you look at cars with similar performance and ability to the Macan, it doesn't seem quite so bad.
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The premium SUV sector is home to some of the strongest residual values anywhere in the new car market, and the Porsche Macan is one of the strongest models for residual values in the class. When it was launched, extremely strong demand meant early buyers could sell their cars on after 12 months of use at the same price they paid for the car in the first place.
Porsche itself is known for incredibly strong residual values and this applies to the Macan, too. Our latest expert data suggest the Macan will retain between 67 and 71 per cent of its original value over three years and 36,000 miles of ownership, depending on the exact version you go for.
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In this review
- 1Porsche Macan review The Porsche Macan drives extremely well and has the right image, but it's thirsty and less comfortable than it should be
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe S and GTS’s twin-turbo V6 is an excellent powertrain, but the turbo-fours in the base and T models just aren’t potent enough
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingWithout hybrid or diesel options, the Macan is very thirsty and therefore expensive to run and tax
- 4Interior, design and technologySuperbly built and spacious enough for most families' fodder, the Macan's cabin is impressive but the tech is starting to feel a little behind the curve
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceDespite its relatively sporty shape, the Macan is a genuinely spacious car, with room for a family and their luggage
- 6Reliability and SafetyPorsche’s consistently high rankings in our Driver Power survey make it a safe buy in terms of reliability
- 7Used and nearly newConsidering a Porsche Macan? Read our complete buyer’s guide, covering the Macan Mk1 (2014-date)