2020 Porsche Macan

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2020 MODEL
$50,900 - $59,400
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2020 Porsche Macan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 23, 2020
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Shivendra Garg

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The year was 2019 and Porsche had had to redesign their Macan for the model year after severe criticism from people everywhere in general about the way it looked. Now in the year 2020, the Macan aspires to build on its image of being a sporty, aggressive, good looking and premium compact SUV from Porsche but can it?

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Pros

Sporty handling

Zesty performance

Porsche’s exclusivity

Cons

Compromised efficiency

Costlier price tag

What's New?

No noticeable changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$50900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

248 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

273 lbs.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

7 speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

MLB - evo

dimensions

wheelbase

110.5 in.

length

184.9 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

63.9 in.

curb weight

4099 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

52.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

4409 lbs.

payload capacity

1435 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/21/23 mpg

ev range

376.2 mi.

highway range

455.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
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Styles

2020 Porsche Macan in Black color 2020 Porsche Macan in Carmine Red color 2020 Porsche Macan in Carrara White Metallic color 2020 Porsche Macan in Chalk color 2020 Porsche Macan in Jet Black Metallic color
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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

6.8

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.8

Exterior

7.8

Safety

8.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Porsche Macan Base

Base

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$50,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $50,900 MSRP (18/20/23) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
7-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) all wheel drive 5

2020 Porsche Macan S

S

power
348 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$59,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $59,400 MSRP (18/20/23) 348 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
7-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


Well, it houses a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine under its hood to begin with. This mill makes 248 hp and 273 lb.-ft. torque being channelled to all its wheels via a slick seven-speed PDK transmission. So yes, the Macan is aggressive as can be. It also takes after other sharp handling cars that Porsches are known to be, so it is sporty.

At over $50,000, the Macan also feels fairly premium, while its 2019 redesign totally makes it look the part too. On paper then this Porsche appears to have what it takes to justify being Porsche’s entrant in the world of SUVs. That, however, doesn’t concern the likes of BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC 300. Both these SUVs do what the Macan does even better and at the same time offer immense practicality, which Porsche might have forgotten about.

2020 Porsche Macan SUV Front View
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

6.8/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.8/10
Interior

 

7.8/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Porsche Macan Features

8.0/10

The Macan, which is Porsche’s most affordable SUV, is available in two different trims. Its base variant, or Macan, comes equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, while the other, Macan S, is powered by a turbocharged V6.

Regardless of choice of powertrain, both variants come equipped with an all-wheel drive unit and a 10.9-inch touchscreen as standard, while other features like leather-trim and more premium sound-system are optional.

Trim

Macan

Macan S

MSRP (AWD)

$50,900

$59,400
Key Features Connect Plus Adds/Upgrades to macan

 

10.9-inch touchscreen display

Sport front seats

 

Bose/Burmester surround-sound system

LED headlights

 

 

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The Macan S offers decent practicality for the money it charges. It gets a 3.0-liter V6 as standard. This Porsche also brings along with itself a wide variety of optional features so you can further improve the Macan’s all-roundedness. Of those optional extras, the Sport Chrono package offers best customization.

2020 Porsche Macan Engine and Performance

6.8/10

The Porsche Macan is a rather placid SUV courtesy its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This four-pot is capable of throwing 248 hp and 273 lb.-ft. torque. A seven-speed PDK automatic transmission manipulates that power and torque from the engine to all the wheels of this compact SUV.

The other variant of the Macan, Macan S, is definitely the more punchier of the two. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 churns 348 hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. Consequently, this version of the Macan definitely feels a lot zippier as compared to the base Macan.

2020 Porsche Macan SUV Has a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 Engine

Models

Porsche Macan

BMW X3

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport Carbon

MSRP

$50,900

$43,950

$44,500

$52,245

Engine

2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-liter TwinPower turbo Inline-4

2.0-liter turbo Inline-4

2.0-liter direct injection turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

7-speed PDK

8-speed sport automatic

9G-TRONIC 9-speed

8-speed automatic

Power 

248hp@5,000rpm

248hp@5,200rpm

255hp@5,800rpm

280hp@5,200rpm

Torque

273lb-ft@1,600rpm

258lb-ft@1,450rpm

273lb-ft@1,800rpm

306lb-ft@2,000rpm

All premium crossover SUVs of this segment get 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines under their hoods. However, at 280 hp and 306 lb.-ft. torque, no other SUV in this segment makes as much power as the Stelvio Ti Sport Carbon’s inline-four.

How fast is the Porsche Macan?

The Macan benefits greatly from belonging to Porsche’s stable. It carries over much of the driving dynamics that this manufacturer of sports cars is known for. The only noticeable downside can be its 2.0-liter turbo-four which is not as powerful as the rest of Macan SUVs.

That slack in performance is more than made up for by the Macan S. Its 348 hp 3.0-liter V6 makes a world of difference in terms of acceleration. At about 100hp over the base Macan, the Macan S definitely has what it takes to satisfy the enthusiast in you.

2020 Porsche Macan SUV 0-60 MPH In just 6.3 sec

That turbocharged V6 makes enough power to comfortably push this Macan ahead with utmost ease. Also, the seven-speed PDK transmission is well informed of the 3.0-liter V6's capabilities. It responds with swift and precise shifts to constantly keep this Porsche in the bulk of the powerband.

Model

Porsche Macan

BMW X3

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport Carbon

0-60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.0 sec

6.1 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

14.8 sec

14.8 sec

14.0 sec

Top Speed 167 MPH 155 MPH 155 MPH 176 MPH

Engine

2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-liter TwinPower turbo Inline-4

2.0-liter turbo Inline-4

2.0-liter direct injection turbo Inline-4

The Porsche Macan is plenty fast thanks to peak torque down-low and constant power throughout. It suffers in picking up speed instantly as it is significantly heavy but does well to catch up to the likes of X3 and GLC300 in a quartermile. No other SUV, however, is as fast as the Stelvio Ti Sport Carbon. It’s turbo-four churns the most power. Consequently, making this Stelvio the fastest of the lot.

What about the braking performance of the Porsche Macan?

The Porsche Macan might suffer due to its heft while getting off the line but that doesn’t concern it when stopping on a dime. Its front brake rotors are fitted with four-piston fixed callipers while the ones at the back get floating calipers. They clamp down with requisite force to hurriedly bring the Macan to a standstill.

2020 Porsche Macan SUV Front Brake is 13.6 in.

Model

Porsche Macan

BMW X3

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport Carbon

Brake Rotors Front

13.6"

13.0"

13.5"

13.0"

Brake Rotors Rear 

13.0"

13.0"

12.6"

12.5"

Curb Weight

4099 lbs

4041 lbs

3977 lbs

4044 lbs

60-0 MPH

110 ft

115 ft

116 ft

117 ft

Despite being the heaviest in this lineup of compact SUVs, the Porsche Macan does well to stop well ahead of all the others. Its brakes too are the biggest in this segment to effectively counter the Macan’s overall heft.

What about its driving dynamics?

If all Porsche’s are known for their exceptional handling, the Macan should not be any different, and it is not. It corners and steers with the precision all Porsche’s are known for. While its compact dimensions make up for relative agility, its wider track and heavy weight return a planted feel.

2020 Porsche Macan SUV Side View

Even the standard multi-link suspension up front and at the back are tuned optimally for minimal body roll during cornering and for adequate composure over broken roads. The optional height-adjustable two-chamber air suspension further neutralizes handling.

2020 Porsche Macan Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Porsche Macan’s 2.0-liter inline-four has been tuned to excite, much like its seven-speed PDK which also favors performance. So the Macan is inevitably not very fuel efficient. Also the fact that this Porsche is no lightweight further affects MPG ratings. The only way to really get the best out of the Macan in terms of efficiency is when you are coasting along highways where shifts from the seven-speed automatic are kept to a minimum.

Model

Porsche Macan

BMW X3

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport Carbon

MPG (City)

19

24

21

22

MPG (Highway)

23

29

28

28

MPG (Combined)

21

26

24

24

Fuel Capacity 

19.8 gallons

17.2 gallons

17.4 gallons

16.9 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

376/455/415 miles

413/499/447 miles

365/487/417 miles

372/473/405 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

8.4

6.9

7.3

7.4

The Porsche Macan is the least fuel efficient compact utility vehicle in its class. All other SUVs do much better to return higher levels of economy than it. However, the Macan’s 19.8 gallon fuel tank is the biggest in this segment. This goes a long way in improving its overall practicality.

2020 Porsche Macan Interior

7.8/10

As a premium utility vehicle the Macan can seat up to 5 people, however, only four might actually be comfortable as space in the second row is scanty. Even the quality of materials used on the inside isn’t at par with the Macan’s price. The optional leather-trim does make the cabin look significantly more tasteful but feels impractical for an additional price of over $2300.

2020 Porsche Macan SUV Front View

The only way to really enjoy this Porsche is to be sitting in the driver’s seat. Everything from the arrangement of controls to the position of the PDK gear selector has been strategically laid out to help the driver become one with the car.

Model

Porsche Macan

BMW X3

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport Carbon

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

41.1/57.6/40.3

37.8/57.3/40.8

40.2/NA/36.6

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

39.1/56.0/36.4

38.5/56.5/37.3

38.9/NA/35.9

Both BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 offer similar levels of roominess. Though the second row of the GLC 300 is the most spacious. The quick-to-accelerate Stelvio, however, isn’t as accommodating.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The Porsche Macan gets a new 10.9-inch touchscreen display which is quite intuitive. Its full-HD display delivers a sharp experience too.

2020 Porsche Macan SUV Has a 10.9-inch Touchscreen Display

The features included in this personalized screen are:

  • Navigation
  • Connect Plus
  • Porsche Connect App

What about utility?

The compact dimensions of the Macan give it its agility but take away much of the usability. Like its cooped second row, the cargo is also constricted. Even the interior cubby holes are too tiny to be considered practical.

2020 Porsche Macan SUV Cargo Volume with Rear Seats up is 17.6 cu ft.

Model

Porsche Macan

BMW X3

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport Carbon

Cargo Capacity 

17.6 cu.ft.

28.7 cu.ft.

19.4 cu.ft.

18.5 cu.ft.

At 17.6 cubic feet, the Macan’s trunk is the smallest in this lineup of compact SUVs. At the same time, the BMW X3 manges to get back at the GLC 300 with its best in class boot space.

Creature comforts on offer in the Porsche Macan

In order to make the Macan’s interior as involving as its performance, Porsche has equipped this SUV with comfort features like:

  • High-quality leather interior
  • Heated multifunction sport steering wheel
  • Heated front-row seats
  • Bose/Burmester surround sound system
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Steering wheel
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Dashboard
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Center console
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Speaker
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Speaker
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Badge
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Badge

2020 Porsche Macan Exterior

7.8/10

Porsche gave the Macan an external refresh for the model year 2019 and the 2020 Macan carries over unchanged. Those changes though simple proved to be plenty effective for the Macan. Some might argue that the Macan looks even sportier than the Cayenne, which it resembles.

Upfront, wide air intakes with outer vents make the Macan look commanding. At the same time, the downward diving hood with LED headlights make the Macan look like a typical Porsche. Its sides have been neatly carved with a minimalistic approach to enhance presence.

2020 Porsche Macan SUV Three Quarter View

While its lower side blades are a feature exclusive only to this Porsche in the vastness of high-riding SUVs, the spoiler at the back and dual exhaust tips add to its uniqueness. The 3D LED taillight strip further highlights form and gives this SUV a rather dramatic finish.

Model

Porsche Macan

BMW X3

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport Carbon

Curb Weight

4099 lbs

4041 lbs

3977 lbs

4044 lbs

Length

184.9"

185.9"

183.3"

N/A

Width 

76.2"

74.4"

74.8"

74.9"

Height

63.9"

66.0"

64.7"

66.0"

Ground Clearance

N/A

8.0"

5.0"

N/A

Wheelbase

110.5"

112.8"

113.1"

111.0"

The Porsche Macan is the heaviest compact SUV in this lineup. While this drives down the Macan’s performance and efficiency, its small wheelbase affects usability.

What are those eye catching features?

The revamped exterior elements that make the Macan look aggressive and attractive at the same time are:

  • Blacked out grille
  • Wide air intakes
  • Bulging fenders
  • Spoiler
  • Dual exhausts
  • 3D LED taillight strip
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Side View
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Side View
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Rear View
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Rear View
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Headlight
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Headlight
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Badge
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Badge
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Rear View
2020 Porsche Macan SUV Rear View

2020 Porsche Macan Safety

8.0/10

The 2020 Porsche Macan is yet to be tested by officials for its resilience. Be that as it may, this Porsche gets enough safety features to ensure total security for all its passengers which include:

  • ABS
  • Airbags
  • DRLS
  • Traction control
  • Parking aid
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Back-up camera
  • Lane keep assist

2020 Porsche Macan Competition

Porsche Macan vs. BMW X3

It’s not everyday that any car manages to outrun a Porsche but the X3 does. Yes, the Macan manages to catch up this Bimmer eventually but the X3 is more than just that. Besides being the quicker of the two, the X3 is also a lot more fuel efficient and offers higher range. It also has a more accommodating cabin and its boot is the biggest in this segment. The X3 is undoubtedly the better SUV in this stand-off. The fact that it is also less costly than the Macan makes it an even sweeter deal.

2020 BMW X3 SUV

Porsche Macan vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

The Porsche Macan appears to be an impressive SUV as long as you don't compare with the other utility vehicles in its segment. The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 offers levels of practicality the Macan can’t match up to. In terms of performance, it is the GLC 300 that takes the lead again. Also its most spacious second row and a less expensive price tag can make Macan owners wonder if they made a big mistake.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2020 Porsche Macan Final Verdict

If you are in the market looking for a compact SUV that is fairly premium and offers levels of excitement like a smaller sports car, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio does a much better job checking all the right boxes. If its utility you want from your “SUV” the X3 and GLC 300 far outweigh the Macan too. Clearly, the Macan is one SUV which still has not been able to get its bearings right.

2020 Porsche Macan Overall Reviews


Calvin K. Gutierrez

Calvin K. Gutierrez 2020 Porsche Macan 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 8, 2020

Its a porsche

Overall Review -

9

Overview Rating

Mixed with practicality and sprinkled with just the right size on top of the expected performance

8/10

Features

10/10

Interior

10/10

Design

10/10

Safety

8/10

Reliability

9/10

Deal Value

10/10

Dealer Review

Top User Reviews


9

User Overall Rating

"Its a porsche"

Well Porsche's over the years have been known for their cutting edge performance contribution to the automotive industry. With Macan on the list, practicality alongside that already present sportiness is featured in a spendid streamlined Porsche design. Driving it has always been more like "don't hit the gas too hard". Simply amazing and worth all the praises and hype it has gotten over the years.
by Calvin K. Gutierrez