2019 Porsche MacanShould you buy? Find out below..
The time has arrived for a mid-cycle refresh on the Porsche Macan, and the biggest changes you will find lie with its suite of technology. The 2019 Porsche Macan is still great to look at, too, especially with the revisions to the front fascia and inclusion of two sporty new paint colors - Mamba Green Metallic and Miami Blue. Macan fans will find that a lot of the same things they love in the cabin and under the hood remain unchanged and that this vehicle is still an exciting one to drive.
What's New for 2019?
Quite a few things are new on the 2019 Porsche Macan. The Macan now has standard LED headlights and can be equipped with either 20- or 21-inch tires. Two new exterior paint colors are also available, and the rear fascia now features a slender but exaggerated light strip across it. New technological features have been added, including an 11-inch touchscreen display, the Here Cloud swarm data system, and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2019 Porsche Macan – The Pros
1. Rapid Acceleration On Each Engine Option
There are a grand total of five different engines that you can equip on the 2019 Porsche Macan, and each one is a strong choice. The base trim's engine is a 2.0-L turbocharged 4-cylinder that gets 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. While this is certainly sufficient for powering the Macan, those who crave speed and power will be interested in the Macan Turbo with Performance Package engine option. This takes the Macan Turbo's V6 engine and gives it a boost to 440 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. With this engine equipped, the Macan is able to go from 0 to 60 mph in roughly 4 seconds. Of course, this leaves the competition in the dust.
2. Numerous Optional Features
The list of optional features on the Porsche Macan is lengthy and means that you can customize the vehicle to your liking. Much of what you find on the line-topping Turbo trim comes in optional packages and as stand-alones for the lower trim levels. You can equip wheels sized between 18 and 21 inches, add adaptive cruise control and other helpful driver aids, and slap on the Premium Package Plus to get front seats with memory functions and ventilation. Whatever you want, you can equip it.
3. Impressive Handling Capabilities
There is little doubt to be had that the 2019 Porsche Macan is an impressive handler. The Turbo is especially gifted in this area despite being equipped with all-season tires. The Macan ends up performing much more similarly to a sport sedan than an SUV thanks to its multi-mode shocks that are able to adjust themselves. This gives the Macan a lot of refinement, and drivers can feel confident taking the Macan into any handling situation.
4. A Fun Off-roader
A lot of luxury SUVs are not well-equipped for anything more than very light off-roading, but the Porsche Macan can handle it when properly equipped. Adding the optional air suspension system boosts the vehicle's ground clearance to a whopping 9 inches. Customizing the vehicle's system to handle off-roading is as simple as pressing a button, and the downhill assist does a thorough job of helping the driver control the vehicle's speed.
5. Comfortable Seats
Of course, the 2019 Porsche Macan would not be a luxury vehicle without featuring some impressively comfortable seats. The front seats can be upgraded all the way to 18-way power adjustable heated leather seats with the option for adding ventilation. Even the rear seats (which are a 40/20/40 split) pack in plenty of comfort with how well-padded they are.
6. A Smooth and Quiet Ride
Ride comfort is superior on the new Porsche Macan, especially on the Turbo, which features adaptive suspension dampers and has the option for the air suspension. Equipping both of these gives the Macan the ability to smooth out all types of bumps and ruts it encounters on the road. As far as noise goes, you can take the Macan up to full-throttle on the highway and enjoy a muted cabin.
7. Easy-to-use Technology
Technology in the 2019 Porsche Macan has not always been the most user-friendly. The 2018 model had a lot of problems with its voice controls, but Porsche seems to have smoothed out many of those issues on this year's line-up. Also, using the sound system and standard Apple CarPlay are user-friendly with easy-to-learn controls. With the addition of a larger touchscreen interface, using hand motions to access menu options becomes a lot less of a hassle.
8. Stunning Build Quality
A lot of focus often gets placed on just how cool a vehicle looks, but the build quality on the new Porsche Macan deserves praise, inside and out. The interior features beautiful leather upholstery and does not show any flaws in the paneling. The exterior is just as high-quality, crafted from only the most durable materials and set in eye-catching colors and shapes. It's hard to look away from the Macan when you see it on the road.
9. The Towing Capacity
Should you equip the tow hitch receiver to the 2019 Porsche Macan, you get a max towing capacity of 4,409 pounds. Although you will have to do an aftermarket buy of the trailer brake controller, the extra cost is worth it if you know you are going to be towing smaller trailers.
10. Easy Entry and Exit
Getting into and out of the Porsche Macan is easier than it is in a lot of the SUVs in its class, especially when you get the Turbo equipped with the optional air suspension. The vehicle can get pretty low to the ground, thereby allowing kids and those with mobility issues better access. The doorways offer up a good amount of space for embarking and disembarking as well.
Reasons Not to Buy a 2019 Porsche Macan – The Cons
1. Limited Cargo Space
Cargo space is one area where the 2019 Porsche Macan falls short of its competition. With all seats in place, there is just 18 cubic feet of cargo space available. This can get maxed out to 53 cubic feet when you fold the rear seats down, but other vehicles in this segment are more spacious. The only upside to the cargo area is that it features easy-to-use tie-down loops that sit totally flat while they are not being used.
2. Limited Visibility and a Number of Blind Spots
Another issue with the Porsche Macan is that visibility is somewhat diminished, even for a compact SUV. Trying to see out the rear window is made problematic by the thick roof pillars that have been placed back there. Also, there seem to be quite a few blind spots that will virtually require you to invest in blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors for the front and rear in order to safely mitigate parking areas and roadways.
3. Stand-alone Options Get Expensive
While it is great that the 2019 Porsche Macan is so easy to customize, the stand-alone options can really jack the price tag up. Drivers looking to get the most bang for their buck will likely not want to add a ton of these features on and might want to even limit themselves on which packages they decide to equip. Budgeting will be a priority for many consumers while trying to customize their brand new Macan.
4. Sub-par Braking Abilities
The only real points that get taken off for performance are for the sub-par braking abilities on the Macan. The pedal feels far too soft to inspire driver confidence, and it is not something you should expect from a vehicle in its class. Slapping all-season tires on makes things feel worse as it hinders the stopping distance of the Macan. A 120-foot panic stop from 60 mph is just too long for comfort in this segment.
How it stacks up to the competition:
2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Audi Q5
This year, the 2019 Porsche Macan gets some stiff competition from the 2019 Audi Q5. The new Q5 provides a quiet and relaxed ride that reflects the luxury Audi embodies. The engine remains quiet and well-mannered, and the chassis, which was revised for the 2018 line-up, helps to deliver a smooth ride. The biggest drawback on the Q5 is that you can only get one engine option, which pales in comparison to the five that you have to choose from on the Macan.
2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 BMW X3
Another top rival for the Porsche Macan this model year is the 2019 BMW X3. With its two fuel-efficient engine options, user-friendly technology, generously spacious cabin, and huge list of optional and standard features, the X3 does a lot to give Porsche a run for their money. However, the X3 does not capture the same exterior style. Also, Apple CarPlay costs extra money since it is wirelessly accessed (which is kind of a neat feature but one that has a learning curve for some drivers) in the X3, and Android Auto is not included at all.
Overall, the 2019 Porsche Macan offers more customization options than most of its competitors. Although this can rack up extra costs, some of these options are truly worth it. Regardless of which trim level you opt for, you will be getting a vehicle that puts in a strong driving performance. Most drivers will find that the controls are easy to use and that the interior provides a remarkably cushy ride under any circumstance.
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