Porsche Macan review - Reliability and safety
Porsche’s consistently high rankings in our Driver Power survey make it a safe buy in terms of reliability
The Macan is loosely based on the Audi Q5, which is a relatively reliable 4x4. With Porsche’s solid dependability, the Macan shouldn’t give you many ownership headaches. If it does, there is a large network of dealers in the UK so they should be able to sort out any issues – at a price of course.
Customers certainly seem to be impressed with the German manufacturer – Porsche came top in our best car manufacturer rankings in 2021, 2022 and 2023, which are based on the results of our annual Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. Porsche owners ranked their cars in first place in the survey for driving characteristics, as well as for design and peerless build quality.
The Macan performs well when it comes to safety, too. It earned the maximum five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, scoring 88 and 87 per cent in the adult and child occupant protection categories respectively. However, this was back when the Macan was new in 2014, and the introduction of more stringent testing since means that NCAP itself no longer considers the score to be valid. The Macan still comes as standard with ESP and front collision warning sensors, as well as a lane departure warning. There’s also a rear side airbag option to further improve safety.
As with all Porsches, the Macan comes as standard with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty.
Porsche says Macans need to get regular maintenance and an oil change once a year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first, and offers service plans should you want one for your car.
Porsche’s 'My Porsche' digital system can configure and manage your servicing, appointments and to stay informed about any relevant information. It also provides service reminders, safety updates and even notifications concerning Porsche events.
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 CostsWithout 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 Safety - currently readingPorsche’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)