A fabulously engaging automobile, the Macan shows that a crossover can drive just like a sports car. Within its hood beats a turbocharged V6 of a nominal 3 litres. It’s got a very usable 354 HP on tap, and remember this – the new Macan is equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Our Zeina Mokaddam became the first of our team to put it to the test on Kuwait’s roads. And she picked quite a road to trial it on – the all-new Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway… one of the longest bridges in the world.
First and foremost, the Macan is a crossover with sporting intentions. How does it match up? Well, the ‘S’-version is as quick as some two-door Porsches, it’s got a super-sharp gearshift and powerful brakes to match.
So, it is a sports car? Yes, and more.
A highlight of the Macan goes beyond performance figures. This is a car that cannot fairly be quantified by numbers – its true measure can only be calibrated by experiencing its all-around competence on the road.
The ride is blissfully smooth and carefully controlled. The Macan’s purposeful attitude in corners makes it feel stable and planted. The steering is a little lighter than in most of Porsche’s sports cars, but it is highly responsive and delivers plenty of feel.
Driven hard, to a blindfold passenger this Macan responds like a top-ranked sports sedan and its performance would be indistinguishable from many other most overtly ‘sporty’ cars.
There are ways in which the Macan differs…
Its higher seating position gives a better all-round view (all the better for looking over the edge of the bridge, and see Kuwait Bay almost too far below for my total comfort). It’ll take your partner, the kids, the shopping, and a set of golf clubs.
Porsche’s infotainment system can be yours with all manner of high-tech features, and the Macan can be owned with a wide array of driver-assistance technology, which are optional for your selection. However, key features you should look out for include standard lane-departure warning; automated emergency braking; and adaptive cruise control.
Almost 5 years have passed since the 1st generation Macan was unveiled. This facelifted generation Macan brings the model up-to-date with the evolution of the brand. Its exterior styling is in line with the latest version of the iconic 911. Styling cues don’t make you go faster, but they do make you look like you belong.