2019 Porsche Macan S insists you find the long way home from work

Our Opinion: In the world of German SUVs, the recipe is pretty similar. Power, size, weight, cost—they all align reasonably close to each other. Each one includes strengths; Porsche’s is driving feel. Getting in a lifted five-seat hatchback isn’t typically the place you find good engagement, but the Macan belies the stereotype and makes the experience enjoyable.
Take the engine. It’s balanced, powerful and sounds good, too. The difference is in the details, like the muted but pleasant exhaust tone and the smoothness of engagement with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission Porsche calls PDK. Peak power from the borrowed-from-the-Panamera V6 comes to 348 hp between 5,400 and 6,400 rpm, and peak torque spins its way to 354 lb-ft between 1,360 and 4,800 rpm. As a result, acceleration actually feels faster than the claimed 5.1 seconds it takes to reach 60 mph from rest. 
Inside, the cabin is well laid out, with a good selection of buttons to use on the steering wheel, as well as a nice, wide screen to view all pertinent information. If you do get a chance to take the long way home with a few extra twists and turns, the seats provide plenty of support and the drive modes help the Macan easily suit your tastes. 
In addition to the Macan’s actual price, there’s a fuel economy cost, as well: 18 mpg city, 23 highway, 20 combined is not that good, behind the Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M40i and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43. BMW beats ’em all with 20 mpg in the city, 27 on the highway and 23 combined. Generally speaking, I’m willing to bet that’s not the top consideration of buyers in this demographic, but now you know.
Overall, however, it’s hard to put a price on a good driving experience. And Porsche puts more time and effort into that across its lineup than anyone. For instance, with this midcycle update, Porsche worked to give the Macan a more neutral handling balance. This Porsche, any current Porsche, is fun to drive. And that’s more impressive today in our technology-laden, do-it-for-me society. Whether you’re driving to work or the Tail of the Dragon, the Macan is a smile-maker.