2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV

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2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 23, 2020
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Aayush Yadav

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With the ever-increasing demand for crossovers, Porsche plays its cards with the Macan. It is a luxury crossover that was first introduced in 2014 and since then it has established itself as one of the highest-selling crossovers that too, not just in the States but all over the world. The Macan has impressed a lot of people with its crisp styling. Roll in the Macan Turbo and it adds to that styling with mind-numbing performance.

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Pros

Impressive acceleration

Engaging to drive

Striking exterior design

Cons

Low on cargo capacity

Cramped rear seats

What's New?

Minor updates to the engine

Improved brakes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$83600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

167 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

177 cu.in.

horsepower

434 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

406 lbs.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

7-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)

chassis

frame type

Unibody

brake rotors (f/r)

14/14

dimensions

wheelbase

110.6 in.

length

184.5 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

64 in.

curb weight

4430 lbs.

ground clearance

7.4 in.

capacity

cargo volume

52.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

4409 lbs.

payload capacity

1257 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/23/20 mpg

highway range

455.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.1

Safety

9.9

Competition

9.8

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Base

Base

power
434 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$83,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $83,600 MSRP (18/20/23) 434 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.9 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
7-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.1

Overall Rating


The Macan Turbo offers numbers and dynamics that would actually make a supercar buyer think twice before putting his money down. Since we are talking about numbers, the Macan Turbo is powered by a 2.9L twin-turbo V6 motor capable of punching out a maximum of 434 horses and 406 lb-ft of torque. You might believe that there is no competition in this segment but the Porsche is actually accompanied by very capable vehicles such as the AMG GLC63, the BMW X3 M Competition, and the Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

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

7.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

9.1/10
Exterior

 

9.9/10
Safety

 

9.8/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Features

7.0/10

When it comes to trim and features, Porsche offers many. The number of standard features on offer is pretty impressive. Everything you might need for your daily drive is offered as standard.

Trim

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo 

MSRP (AWD)

$83,600

Key Features

Porsche Traction Management (PTM)

 

Four-point brake lights

 

10.9˝ touchscreen display

 

Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)

 

Tri-zone climate control

 

Heated steering wheel

 

Tail lightbar

 

Electronically controlled multi-plate clutch center differential

 

BOSE Surround Sound System(optional)

 

Burmester Surround Sound System(optional)

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The Macan Turbo is available in only one trim. However, Porsche does offer plenty of options and customizations to choose from. so, you can personalize your Macan to some extent.

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Performance is where the Macan shines. It is powered by a 2.9L twin-turbocharged engine. The total output of the engine is 434 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The peak power is achieved very high in the rev range but the maximum torque is produced at as low as 1800RPM. This wide powerband means that while the Porsche has enough steam to go around a racetrack and can also tackle bumper to bumper traffic with ease.

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Has a 2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Engine

In terms of power delivery, it feels very linear and the engine feels lively throughout the range. The 7-Speed PDK gearbox is absolutely beautiful. Ever since the PDK came out, right from the 1980s, it has been smooth but with the current generation, Porsche has taken it to a completely different level. The gearshifts in the Macan Turbo are absolutely seamless and instant. Even when it comes to downshifting, the PDK tackles it with ease.

Models

Porsche Macan Turbo

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

MSRP 

$83,600

$76,900

$70,800

$80,600

Engine

2.9L Twin-Turbo V6

3.0L Turbo Inline 6

4.0L Twin Turbo V8

5.0L Supercharged V8

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

7-Speed PDK Automatic

8-Speed STEPTRONIC 

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

434hp@5,700rpm

503hp@5,950rpm

469hp@5,500rpm

550hp@6,500rpm 

Torque

406lb-ft@1,800rpm

442lb-ft@2,600rpm

479lb-ft@1,750rpm

502lb-ft@2,500rpm

When you stack the Macan against the competition, it might have the smallest engine but it packs a punch. The F-Pace has the largest engine of the bunch with the 5L powerhouse packing 550 horses. The BMW and Merc have a 3L and 4L engine respectively. When it comes to outright numbers, the Jag is the most powerful of the bunch. With 434 horsepower, the Macan Turbo produces the least power.

How fast is the Macan?

There was a time when acceleration figures didn’t really matter, especially for crossovers and SUVs. That is not the case anymore, people demand power and like always, Porsche listens. The Macan Turbo might have the smallest engine and might pump out the lowest power figures in the segment but when it comes to acceleration, the Macan is at par. The 2.9L engine manages to push the Macan to the 60 miles per hour mark from a standstill in just 4.1 seconds. That is pretty impressive for a vehicle of this size.

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV 0-60 MPH In just 4.1 sec

Models

Porsche Macan Turbo

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

0-60 MPH

4.1 sec

4.0 sec

3.8 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile 

12.4  sec

11.6 sec

11.7 sec

12.3* sec

Top Speed 167 MPH 155 MPH 155 MPH 176 MPH

Engine

2.9L Twin-Turbo V6

3.0L Turbo Inline 6

4.0L Twin Turbo V8

5.0L Supercharged V8

* Used for MY 2019 for reference purposes. 

The BMW X3 M Competition is the fastest out of the bunch. It does the 0-60 dash in 4 seconds flat. The F-Pace SVR and the Macan Turbo take 4.1 seconds to do the same. In terms of quarter-mile timings, only the X3 M Competition has been tested and it managed to breach the quarter-mile mark in 11.6 seconds which is pretty impressive for a four-door crossover. While the numbers for the other vehicles are not available, they are expected to be at par. To put the quarter-mile numbers into perspective, a Pagani Huayra from 2012 does the standing quarter in 10.9 seconds!

How does it handle?

It might look like a crossover but the Macan shares a lot with a sportscar- the way is handles and goes around corners, you can absolutely feel the Porsche magic. The standard Macan handles pretty well but when you go for the Turbo model, the car starts to feel more lively and ready to take on the corners. The optional air suspension makes life even better- it can be adjusted to make the Macan ride like a sportscar or it can raise the car up to make it off-road capable. (Only to some extent)

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Front View

The Porsche Macan is not just a performance vehicle, it is a crossover and crossovers are supposed to be comfortable for the family. While the Macan Turbo offers a stiffer ride when compared to the standard Macan, it is still pretty good. The suspension manages to soak in most of the bumps and undulations. Porsche also offers a variety of tires to choose from based on your needs and requirement. 

Moreover, it comes equipped with the standard Porsche Stability Management system and Porsche Traction Management System that keeps it quite stable when at high speed.

How well does it stop?

The Porsche Macan Turbo is equipped with 15.4-inch brake rotors in the front and 14-inch units in the back. The brakes are also vented which helps in keeping the brake temperature under control. Higher brake temperatures car lead to brake fade which can prove to be fatal especially on longer journeys. These brakes do a good job of keeping the 4430 pounds under control.

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Front Brake Rotor is 15.4 sec

Model

Porsche Macan Turbo

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Brake Rotors Front 

15.4"

15.6"

15.4"

15.5"

Brake Rotors Rear

14.0"

14.6"

14.2"

15.6"

Curb Weight

4430 lbs

4620 lbs

4550 lbs

4395 lbs

60-0 MPH

N/A

112 ft

N/A

N/A

The Jaguar F-Pace SVR has the largest brakes in this bunch with 15.5-inch units in the front and 15.6-inch ones in the back. The 60-0 braking figures of these vehicles are not available yet but they are expected to be impressive considering the size and the weight. 

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Fuel Economy

4.0/10

A lot is there to be expected from a crossover when it comes to fuel economy. The Macan Turbo is no ordinary crossover though. It offers a performance that can put a sportscar through its paces and at the same time, it can return a decent fuel economy. The Macan Turbo returns 18 miles to the gallon on the highway and 23 in the city. The combined fuel economy according to the EPA is 20 miles to the gallon. Not bad.

Model

Porsche Macan Turbo

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

MPG (City)

18

14

16

16

MPG (Highway)

23

19

22

21

MPG (Combined)

20

16

18

18

Fuel Capacity 19.8 gallons 17.2 gallons 17.4 gallons 21.7 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 337/436/396 miles 241/327/275 miles 278/383/313 miles 347/456/390 miles

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

7.2

11

9.8

8.8

The BMW X3 M Competition offers the lowest numbers in terms of fuel economy. Its 16 miles to the gallon is worse than the GLC and SVR’s 18 MPG. The Macan Turbo is the best out of the bunch with 20 miles to the gallon (combined).

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Interior

7.0/10

The Porsche Macan offers a pretty luxurious and comfortable cabin with plenty of quirks and features. It offers a good amount of space to the front passengers. The seat feels comfortable and supportive. The Macan Turbo has enough bolstering in the front seat. Even if you take on a corner enthusiastically, the seats will keep you in place. As far as rear seats are concerned, tall people might find it a little difficult to go on long journeys due to the lack of legroom. 

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Front Seats

The optional air suspension system only adds to the ride quality and comfort. It can be adjusted to make the ride soft or hard- depending on the need. The height can also be increased in case you want to take your 434 horsepower SUV off-road.

Model

Porsche Macan Turbo

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in)

N/A

41.1/40.3/57.6

37.8/57.3/40.8

37.8/57.7/40.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in)

N/A

39.1/56.0/36.4

38.5/56.5/37.3

37.5/55.8/37.2

All of these crossovers offer plenty of room to their passengers. But if we have to pick one, the GLC 63 offers the most interior space. All of the other vehicles are better than the Macan in terms of rear-seat room. 

What's there to entertain you?

The infotainment system was completely overhauled for the 2019 model and not a lot has been changed for this year. The Macan is equipped with a 10.9-inch touchscreen unit. The system feels very sharp and easy to use. The icons on the screen are large enough which makes it pretty easy to use it even while driving. It feels very direct and quick to respond. Moreover, it also comes installed with features like the Porsche Connect to keep you well connected to your Porsche. 

  • 10.9-inch infotainment screen
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
  •  Single CD/DVD drive
  •  2 SD Card Slots
  •  Bluetooth Connectivity
  •  AUX/USB/iPod interface
  •  BOSE surround sound system w/14 loudspeakers
  •  Steering Wheel Controls
  •  Voice Activation
  •  2 LCD Monitors in The Front

How much cargo can it carry?

Crossovers are expected to be practical when it comes to cargo-hauling capacity. The Macan Turbo has slightly lower cargo capacity when compared to the standard Macan. A total of 17.6 cubic feet might seem enough but when you look at the figures of other vehicles in this segment, it just falls short. The rear seats can be folded to release 52.9 cubic feet. Having said that, the rear seats don’t fold completely flat which makes it a little difficult to slide heavy items forward.

Model

Porsche Macan Turbo

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Cargo Capacity

17.6 cu.ft.

28.7 cu.ft.

17.6 cu.ft.

33.5 cu.ft.

The Jaguar F-Pace SVR offers the most amount of cargo space in this bunch. 33.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in place is actually very impressive. The X3 comes in second with 28.7 cubic feet of cargo space. And then the Porsche and the Merc have similar cargo volume at 17.6 cubic feet.

Whar are the creature comfort on offer?

  • 18-Way Adaptive Sport Seats
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • Sport Heated Steering Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • 7-inch touchscreen navigation
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Interior
2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Interior

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Exterior

9.1/10

As far as design is concerned, it didn’t really work out for Porsche with their first SUV- the Cayenne. The first generation of the Cayenne was not good in terms of design. It just felt out of place as all other manufacturers at that time were going for the boxy design, Porsche came in with something new. Though sales with good and constant, the design was a topic of discussion.

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo Three Quarter View

As for the Macan, it hasn’t changed all that much through its short lifecycle. The Macan is more like a conventional design that goes in sync with other vehicles in the segment. The bold lines and creases throughout the side of the car add to the character. The design makes the Macan look more like a sports car than an SUV. 

At 4293 pounds, the Macan is not exactly lightweight. The Macan might not seem big on paper but the story is completely different in real life. 

Model

Porsche Macan Turbo

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Curb Weight

4293 lbs

4034 lbs

4475 lbs

4395 lbs

Length

184.9"

185.9"

184.2"

186.5"

Width

76.2"

74.4"

76.0"

81.5"

Height

63.9"

66.0"

63.8"

65.7"

Ground Clearance

7.4"

8.0"

6.1"

8.4"

Wheelbase

110.5"

112.1"

113.1"

113.1"

When you put all of the vehicles in this group next to each other, the Macan looks the smallest and yes, that is the case indeed. The Macan also has the shortest wheelbase which is the reason why it lacks in terms of rear legroom. The GLC has the least ground clearance which could prove to be an issue when you take it off-road- you wouldn’t want to damage your AMG front splitter.

Exterior Features

  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers and door handles
  • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • LED Brake Light
  • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Exterior
2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Exterior
2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Exterior
2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Exterior

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Safety

9.9/10

In today’s world, safety is of the utmost importance and Porsche lives up to everyone’s expectations. The Macan Turbo is equipped with all modern-day safety features. Though it has not been rated by the agencies such as NHTSA and IIHS, it is expected to do well. Porsche has always been known for its build quality and reliability. Macan has lived up to the Porsche expectations till now and let’s hope it stays the same.

Safety Features

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning and a rearview camera come standard in every Porsche Macan
  • Surround-view parking camera
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane change assist, and traffic jam assist with adaptive cruise control

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Competition

9.8/10

Mercedes AMG GLC63 vs Porsche Macan Turbo

There is no doubt that the AMG GLC63 is very capable- be it anything, the GLC won’t disappoint you. It has the Mercedes charm to it and the AMG burble. The MBUX infotainment system is an absolute gem with some of the most advanced infotainment features in the automotive segment. But where the Merc loses to Porsche is in driving dynamics. The Macan just drives better than the Merc and feels more lively.

2020 Mercedes AMG GLC63 SUV

BMW X3 M Competition vs Porsche Macan Turbo

The X3 M Competition is a pretty good car in itself. It drives very well, it is adequately powered, has good driving dynamics and the “M” magic works really well on it. Having said that, the Macan just feels better as a whole package. In terms of infotainment, iDrive is better. But again, the Macan is a better driver’s car.

2020 BMW X3 M

 

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo SUV Final Verdict

The Porsche Macan has proved itself again and again over its short life span. It offers true sportscar performance for just a fraction of the money. Yes, other crossovers also offer similar straight-line performance but the Macan takes it up a notch with its handling and driving dynamics. Yes, the rear seats might be a little cramped but that is the price you pay for the capabilities. Yes, the other vehicles in this bunch are more practical but the Porsche Macan is the best package if you are an enthusiastic driver.