2015 Porsche Macan

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of the 2015 Porsche Macan. Base trim shown.

2015 Porsche Macan Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Porsche's 2015 Macan is the sports-car maker's first foray into the luxury compact SUV segment filled with small utes like the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, soon-to-be-released Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Audi Q5. Any thoughts of Porsche selling out by offering a more mainstream compact SUV can be quickly put to rest with the twin-turbocharged engines making 340 horsepower and 400 hp in the base Macan S and Macan Turbo, respectively. Porsche wants the Macan to be the first compact SUV that's also a sports car.

But it's also an SUV, so the Macan comes with standard all-wheel drive, power liftgate, off-road mode and available air suspension with adjustable ride height. After all, Porsche has a decade of SUV experience with its popular, and larger, Cayenne.

Exterior
The Macan's look is undeniably Porsche, taking inspiration from the Cayenne in addition to Porsche's sports cars. Porsche says the sloping roof and rear fenders are 911-inspired, and the headlights are based on the upcoming 918 Spyder.

Differentiating the Macan S and Turbo can be done a few ways. One, by looking at the dual exhaust where the Macan S wears round exhaust tips, and the Turbo features square exhaust finishers. The side blades on the Macan's profile are painted black on the entry-level Macan S and body colored on the higher-optioned Macan Turbo, though Turbo models can also equip carbon fiber blades on the sides.

Large wheels up to 21 inches are available, ...

Vehicle Overview

Porsche's 2015 Macan is the sports-car maker's first foray into the luxury compact SUV segment filled with small utes like the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, soon-to-be-released Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Audi Q5. Any thoughts of Porsche selling out by offering a more mainstream compact SUV can be quickly put to rest with the twin-turbocharged engines making 340 horsepower and 400 hp in the base Macan S and Macan Turbo, respectively. Porsche wants the Macan to be the first compact SUV that's also a sports car.

But it's also an SUV, so the Macan comes with standard all-wheel drive, power liftgate, off-road mode and available air suspension with adjustable ride height. After all, Porsche has a decade of SUV experience with its popular, and larger, Cayenne.

Exterior
The Macan's look is undeniably Porsche, taking inspiration from the Cayenne in addition to Porsche's sports cars. Porsche says the sloping roof and rear fenders are 911-inspired, and the headlights are based on the upcoming 918 Spyder.

Differentiating the Macan S and Turbo can be done a few ways. One, by looking at the dual exhaust where the Macan S wears round exhaust tips, and the Turbo features square exhaust finishers. The side blades on the Macan's profile are painted black on the entry-level Macan S and body colored on the higher-optioned Macan Turbo, though Turbo models can also equip carbon fiber blades on the sides.

Large wheels up to 21 inches are available, while 19-inch rollers are standard with a staggered tire size; they are narrower up front and wider out back. The staggered tire size enables sporty yet precise steering maneuvers, Porsche says.

Interior
The five-seat Macan gets inspiration from the 918 Spyder on the inside as well with a steering wheel said to be all new and taken from the 918 Spyder hybrid sports car. Like the outside, Porsche stayed true to its classic design on the inside with three prominent gauge clusters filled with analog and digital gauges. A 4.8-inch color display shows audio, navigation (when equipped) and vehicle information. Various interior trim options, seating, stereo and other personalization features are available, just like other Porsches.

The main screen for controlling multimedia and navigation functions is a 7-inch touch-screen. Optional stereos include Burmester and Bose units.

When it comes to using the Macan as an SUV, there's 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 53 cubic feet when the backseat is folded. Room behind the rear seats is on the smaller side compared to its competition, though maximum room is on par with the GLK-Class, Evoque and Q5.

Under the Hood
The Macan has the attributes of a sports car and off-roader packing 340 hp in base S models and 400 hp in Turbo models; both use a twin-turbocharged V-6. The engine feeds a standard all-wheel-drive system through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Porsche expects the Macan S to hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and 5.0 seconds with the available Sport Chrono Package that includes launch control. The Macan Turbo hits the 60 mph mark in 4.6 seconds and 4.4 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package.

Then there are the off-road bits. Along with the standard Sport mode activated via a button, all Macans also feature an off-road button that can be activated below 50 mph. Off-road mode tunes the shift points for off-road use and provides the front wheels with torque faster, and with the optional air suspension raises the vehicle for additional ground clearance — up to 9.06 inches. A Porsche Hill Control system keeps downhill descents in check by limiting speed automatically between 2 and 18 mph.

Porsche's Active Suspension Management is standard on Macan Turbos with driving modes for Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings.

Safety
Stopping power comes from six-piston front calipers and rotors sized 13.78 inches on the S and 14.17 inches on the Turbo. The Macan features an automatic braking system designed to reduce a secondary collision after a primary collision first by applying maximum braking effort once the airbags have deployed.

Optional safety equipment includes lane keeping assist, blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control.


2015 Macan Video

From the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2015 Porsche Macan.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best sporty, compact SUV on the market

by Emily from Saratoga Springs, UT on October 18, 2018

I absolutely LOVE this car. I get my AWD SUV that is quick, sporty, and luxurious. The way this car drives is unlike any other SUV I've driven. It's so comfortable and I can't believe the gas mileage ... Read full review

(5.0)

Super sports car

by Porsche fan from Columbia, SC on September 29, 2018

This car met all my needs before I had a baby. Drives smooth, fun and fast. It?s small enough to feel like a sports car but big enough to bring your friends along for the ride. I have a baby now and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Porsche Macan currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Porsche Macan has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Porsche
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    8 years/100,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain warranty

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    111-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Macan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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