Porsche Macan review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The Macan four-cylinder turbo petrol engine offers the lowest running costs
Prices for the Macan range start from around £47,000, so all cars face the higher road tax rate of £490 for the first five years of ownership after the initial CO2-weighted payment that’s rolled into the on-the-road price. When you consider the price of some of the Macan’s options, most buyers won't think twice about this premium.
And that's the thing with the Macan: just like any other Porsche in the range, there is an extensive list of options you can add to personalise to your exact taste.
Clearly, the most fuel-efficient model in the line-up was the Macan S Diesel. But, as that car is no more, the updated 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Macan is now the economy champ.
However, it can't get near the diesel's claimed 46.3mpg average, with an official figure of 27.7mpg quoted, plus an emissions figure of 232g/km.
The Macan S won’t be the cheapest car to run, but you may consider this a worthy sacrifice for the performance on tap. Porsche quotes fuel economy of 23.9 to 26.4mpg and CO2 emissions from 243g/km.
The more powerful Macan Turbo isn’t too far off the S in this respect: fuel economy is quoted at 23.5 to 24.8mpg, with emissions from 259g/km. The new GTS sits between the S and the Turbo, delivering a maximum 25.0mpg and producing a CO2 figure of 255g/km.
Each model is performance-oriented and with prices escalating well over the £46,000 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.
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 – it’ll hold up to 10 percentage points more than an equivalent Jaguar F-Pace, with our experts rating it at a residual value of around 60% after three years and 36,000 miles.
In this review
- 1Porsche Macan review The Porsche Macan has many premium SUV rivals, but none can match it for driver appeal
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Macan is probably the best-handling SUV on the road
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Macan four-cylinder turbo petrol engine offers the lowest running costs
- 4Interior, design and technologyWith a sporty exterior and a quality cabin, the stylish Macan is undoubtedly a Porsche
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThere's decent space inside for a Porsche, but the Macan's rival SUVs are roomier
- 6Reliability and SafetyPorsche offers reassuring levels of reliability and safety with the Macan SUV
- 7Used and nearly newConsidering a Porsche Macan? Read our complete buyer’s guide, covering the Macan Mk1 (2014-date)