Test Drive: 2014 Porsche Macan S Diesel

Porsche Macan S Diesel 2014_Test Drive_01If you are looking for a compact, sporty SUV, here it is. The new Porsche Macan is without a doubt the sportiest choice in its class. On the road it drives almost like a sports car. Only difference is, that with the new Macan you can do little off-roading as well.

The new Porsche Macan is available in three versions. The basic version, if you can call it that, is the Porsche Macan S with the 3.0-litre biturbocharged petrol engine delivering 250 kW (340 hp) and 460 Nm. The most powerful is the Macan Turbo. Its 3.6-litre, biturbo engine provides 294 kW (400 hp) and 550 Nm. Macan Turbo can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, and if equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package, it can do it in 4.6 seconds.

Not quite as sporty as the petrol variants, but much more economical is the Macan S Diesel powered by 3.0-litre V6 engine. It delivers 190 kW (258 hp) and massive 580 Nm of torque. The diesel engine doesn’t feel as sporty as the petrol engine, but with its huge torque, it still provides impressive performance. Sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes just 6.3 seconds. With the Sport Chrono package it would be even quicker. Well, only by 0.2 seconds, but still quicker.
The combined fuel consumption for the Macan S Diesel is 6.3 l/100km, and at steady driving speeds, the diesel engine is actually quite economical. However, enjoying the car’s performance potential also increases the fuel consumption. On our test drive, the average consumption was closer to 9.0 l/100km.

All Porsche Macan variants feature four-wheel drive, seven-speed PDK automatic-transmission and shift paddles on the steering wheel as standard. In addition to the standard steel spring suspension, the new Porsche Macan can be equipped with the PASM or air suspension.

The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system with steel springs is standard in the Macan Turbo, and optionally available for other two variants. Based on the driving situation, PASM actively regulates the damper force on the front and rear axles. Driver can choose preferred setting between three choices: Comfort, Sport or Sport Plus.

The optional air suspension includes levelling system, height adjustment and PASM. Compared to the car with steel springs, the Macan with air suspension sits 15 millimetres lower at normal level. It can be lowered for another 10 mm to improve driving dynamics. In high level, the vehicle is raised by 40 millimetres providing maximum ground clearance of 230 mm.

When you want your Macan to provide more dynamic driving experience, you can activate the sport mode by pressing the button. Considering Macan’s all sporty features, the sport driving mode feels like a natural part of this car. However, what is a bit surprising, is that Macan also has the off-road driving mode.

When the off-road mode is activated, the shift revolutions and shifting speeds are geared towards a greater level of traction, the all-wheel clutch is pre-tensioned to a greater degree in order to provide the front axle with the appropriate drive torque more rapidly, and the standard torque split between the front and rear axle and the accelerator pedal response are adapted to off-road conditions. Macan also features Porsche Hill Control (PHC) system, which keeps the vehicle speed constant during descents.

The Macan looks like it’s built just for the road, but it has features also for little off-roading. However, equipped with these beautiful 20” wheels, available as an option, you might want to keep it on tarmac.