2021 Porsche Macan

$52,100 - $72,100
Price Range (MSRP)
Porsche Macan

2021 Porsche Macan Review: The Driver's Crossover

The Porsche Macan may be a smaller, cheaper version of the impressive Cayenne, but it's also lighter and better-looking. It's a compact luxury SUV with a penchant for taking corners and turning them into playgrounds in ways that the likes of the Audi Q5 wish they could. However, other alternatives like the BMW X3 have become more exciting to drive than ever before, so the driver's luxury crossover is not really a one-marque niche. With a 2.0-liter turbo-four and a pair of turbocharged V6s on offer, the Macan offers plenty of variety for the discerning driver with a family. The base model produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the mid-range 3.0-liter turbo V6 makes 348 hp and 354 lb-ft. The fastest model in the range is the GTS (we review the Porsche Macan Turbo separately) with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 generating 375 horses and 383 lb-ft of twist, but are powerful engines and great handling enough, or is the Macan just another niche-filler in the USA?

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2021 Porsche Macan Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Macan?

The new Porsche Macan sees almost no changes for 2021, but buyers will be pleased to know that the solitary change for the latest model is a convenient one: wireless Apple CarPlay is now standard. Sadly, this doesn't hide the fact that Android Auto is still not offered here.

Pros and Cons

  • Looks good
  • Handles well
  • Great engines
  • Relatively affordable way into Porsche ownership
  • Beautiful interior
  • Rivals have surpassed it in terms of tech
  • Not enough standard features
  • Rear seats are a bit cramped

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2021 Porsche Macan Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

Macan Exterior

Looking at the exterior of the 2021 Porsche Macan SUV is something that we could do for hours. Porsche's designers took the best parts of the Cayenne and the brand's proper sports cars and integrated them into the design of the Macan in a way that doesn't look forced at all. The result is a vehicle that looks stunning even years after its first release. LED headlights with signature four-point DRLs sit in the front of the Macan, with a similar setup employed at the rear. 18-inch wheels are fitted to the base model while the Macan S gets 19s and the GTS starts with 20s. Even bigger 21-inch wheels are also on offer. The base model gets black brake calipers and two single-exit exhaust tips in a faux diffuser, while the Macan S features Titanium calipers with a quad-exit exhaust finished in silver. The top GTS trim gets red calipers and gloss black tailpipes in a more aggressive rear fascia, courtesy of a full SportDesign body kit.

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The dimensions of the compact Porsche Macan SUV are visually pleasing, and on paper, you can tell that the measurements are well-proportioned. Length on the Macan and Macan S is 184.9 inches with a wheelbase of 110.5 inches. Width is rated at 76.2 inches with the mirrors folded, while height is 64 inches on the dot. The GTS is slightly different, with a length of 184.5 inches, a wheelbase of 110.6 inches, and a height measurement one inch lower than that of the other two models. Curb weight on the three Macan models is 4,099, 4,293, and 4,370 pounds, respectively.

Although most will never take advantage of the Macan's off-road abilities, these measurements are worth keeping in mind too. With the standard steel suspension fitted to the Macan and its S sibling, the approach angle is 16.9 degrees, departure is 23.6 degrees, and breakover is measured at 16.9. Ground clearance here is eight inches. With the available adaptive air suspension (standard on the GTS), approach, departure, and ramp break-over angles measure 18.5, 25.3, and 18.8 degrees, respectively. Ground clearance can be adjusted from 7.4 to nine inches with the air suspension.

  • Length 184.9 in
  • Wheelbase 110.5 in
  • Height 63.9 in
  • Max Width 76.2 in
  • Front Width 65.2 in
  • Rear Width 65.0 in
  • Curb Weight 4,099.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

As usual, just two plain colors are free, and they're Black and White. If you're willing to spend extra, you can have metallic paint in a choice of Carrara White, Jet Black, Volcano Grey, Dolomite Silver, Sapphire Blue, Night Blue, Mamba Green, or Mahogany. Each of these add $700 to the price of the Porsche Macan, but even more striking shades are on offer as part of the Special Color palette: Carmine Red, Chalk, and Miami Blue ($3,120 each). If even that is not enough for you, a custom color can be mixed up for $11,430. These body color options and pricing values apply to all models.

  • Carrara White Metallic
  • Jet Black Metallic
  • Volcano Grey Metallic
  • Dolomite Silver Metallic
  • Sapphire Blue Metallic
  • Mamba Green Metallic
  • Night Blue Metallic
  • Mahogany Metallic
  • Miami Blue
  • Carmine Red
  • Chalk
  • Custom Color
  • Custom Color Metallic
  • White
  • Black

Macan Performance

The fastest model is obviously the one with the most power, and in this case, that honor falls upon the GTS. It is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that generates 375 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to all-wheel-drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Macan GTS will launch from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds in standard configurations. With the available Sport Chrono package, that sprint time drops by two-tenths of a second, but top speed remains at 162 mph - far more than you'll ever need in a compact SUV.

The Macan S, although less powerful, isn't all that far behind. It's powered by a 3.0-liter V6 with a single turbo that helps produce 348 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. This model takes 5.1 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint with the top speed arriving at 157 mph. The base Macan with its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger generates only 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, but that's still enough to get to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and to achieve a top speed of 141 mph. Like the GTS, these models can be had with the Sport Chrono package that features launch control, and this will drop the 0-60 times of these models by two-tenths as well. All models can tow 4,409 lbs.

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Engine and Transmission

The standard engine in the base Macan is a 2.0-liter turbo-four producing 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Although this may not seem like much, the Macan does a good job of getting out of its own way, and the seven-speed PDK transmission that does duty in all Macan models does a brilliant job of utilizing the available thrust from the engine. It's truly a marvel that Porsche has managed to make this gearbox seem perfect for all three engine offerings, but that's exactly what it is. Shifts are telepathically well-timed and sharply delivered, with a smoothness that can put some traditional automatic 'boxes to shame. Acceleration is strong even with this base motor, but you will need more time and space to complete ambitious overtaking maneuvers than with the other two engines.

In the Macan S, a 3.0-liter turbo V6 puts out 348 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Despite large capacity and only one turbo, the Macan S has excellent throttle response and a willingness to rev that is often lacking from turbocharged engines. Taking off from a dead stop is a simple task that occurs quicker than you'd expect from something weighing over 4,000 lbs, while overtaking is truly easy.

The Macan GTS is the one that provides the most thrills, and a test drive will confirm this right off the bat. It's got a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 375 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, and the experience in this machine is simply sublime. If you ever thought that an SUV couldn't suck you back into your seat under acceleration, the GTS will totally recalibrate your brain. Acceleration is instantaneous, and you can easily bully Corvette owners from the line. On the freeway, the engine is similarly impressive, and once again, the PDK is the perfect companion in either its default setting or in manual mode, where shifts are delivered the instant you pull a paddle back. Overall, there are very few competitors that offer such a brilliant package, and the Macan stands out even among these.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas, 3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

As fascinating as the engine and gearbox are, a Porsche needs to feel good and drive well to be worthy of that famous crest. On the whole, the Macan is brilliant, but we do have an issue with the steering system, as it's a touch lighter than you may expect. Nevertheless, it is still sharp and accurate, and to be fair, most buyers would want a lighter wheel - especially when this is the sort of vehicle that will rarely be fully exploited and will instead be found sitting in traffic or moving into a parking space outside the latest, trendiest nail salon. For those who use their SUVs all the time, you'll be glad to know that the suspension is just as well calibrated as the gearbox, with most bumps and imperfections on the road smoothed over and absorbed easily. Things get even better with the available adaptive air suspension system that makes it feel like you're in the lap of luxury. Despite this brilliantly compliant feeling, the Macan can do the twisty stuff with the best of them too, giving minimal lean in the corners and exhibiting a love for tight driving lines. Braking is excellent too, proving responsive and easy to modulate. For those who do intend to drive the Macan hard on regular occasions, the available ceramic composite brakes offer durability with the same level of good feel and sharp response as the regular rotors. In addition, the Macan can adapt its AWD system to climb slippery slopes and get through standing water well. As a comprehensive package that covers all the bases, there's little that comes close.

Macan Gas Mileage

As you'd expect, it's the four-pot that is the most economical Macan, but gas mileage on the other models isn't far behind either. While the base 2.0-liter returns 19/23/21 mpg city/highway/combined according to the latest available information from the EPA, the Macan S with its 3.0-liter V6 does 18/24/20 mpg on the same cycles. The GTS is only a touch worse with figures of 17/22/19 mpg. All models are fitted with a 19.8-gallon gas tank, equating to 415.8, 396, and 376.2 miles of range for each model, respectively.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    19.8 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/23 mpg
* 2021 Porsche Macan Base AWD

Macan Interior

The Macan's interior may look exquisite to most, but keen Porsche aficionados will note that the expansive digital cluster fitted to most new models from the brand is still absent from the Macan. If you're a traditionalist who likes old-school, analog clocks, this won't be a problem, but it does highlight that the Macan is aging a little and could do with a refresh to keep it abreast of the competition. Nevertheless, build quality and materials are all excellent, and the layout is both attractive and ergonomic. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control and a gorgeous 10.9-inch TFT display that handles infotainment, but those hoping to keep adults in the back for extended periods will likely have to be prepared for a complaint or two after a few hours.

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Seating and Interior Space

Officially, the Porsche Macan will seat five, but adults won't enjoy being in the back for too long. Due to the sloping roofline, rear headroom is not the greatest and there's not much in the way of legroom either. Things are much better for those up front, where eight-way power-adjustable seats are standard, offering plenty of comfort and support. As is usually the case with Porsche, better stuff is available on the options list. You can get 14-way power seats here, or even 18-way adaptive seats that hold you in position through the most aggressive of cornering maneuvers. Thanks to a good design in terms of the cabin, it doesn't matter which seats you go for as visibility is great in all directions, although the rear window is a touch too small. Getting in and out is simple too, but again, those in the rear will have a slightly tougher time.

  • Seating capacity

Interior Colors and Materials

As standard, the Macan comes with partial leather with Race-Tex faux suede upholstery. This is available in Black or Agate Grey, with Black/Mojave Beige available as a $260 option. You can do away with the faux suede and opt for just a partial leather finish in the same basic colors for $1,740 or with a two-tone color scheme of Black/Garnet Red or Black/Mojave Beige for $220 more, while full leather upholstery will set you back $3,630 for the gray or black options with Agate Grey/Pebble Grey and the aforementioned red or beige combos for $3,880. A natural leather interior finish is also available in Espresso brown for $4,920. Be careful when selecting your upholstery though, as many of the abovementioned options require the selection of additional features or packages, further elevating the overall cost. The top GTS trim has other options available, including one with Carmine Red stitching over Black leather for $4,790. On this model, the natural leather option is a little cheaper ($3,180). As usual, various trim accent choices are offered, from Dark Walnut wood or Brushed Aluminum at no cost to carbon fiber for $940 on the GTS or $1,500 on the lower two trims. Of course, if you're so inclined, you can even get your owner's manual in a carbon pouch or have your floor mats trimmed with leather edging.

New Porsche Macan SUV Trunk and Cargo Space

Anybody expecting to find Cayenne-like levels of space behind the rear seats is certainly deluded, but the available area isn't all that bad either. You get 17.6 cubic feet of volume - enough cargo space to bring carry-on luggage for each occupant, but if you do need more space, the rear seats will fold in a 40/20/40 split. This gives you 52.9 cubes.

In terms of cabin storage, each door has a decent pocket while four cupholders and center armrest storage for both rows do a good job of keeping small items in place.

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Macan Infotainment and Features


Although relatively scant on features for the price, the Macan isn't too badly specced as standard. Even the base model gets LED exterior lighting, a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 4.8-inch driver info display, heated power-folding wing mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, hill start assist, and a rearview camera to complement the front and rear parking sensors. Other features include lane departure warning, hill descent control, and post-collision braking. The top-tier GTS adds to this with adaptive air suspension, adaptive LED headlights, and heated front seats, but there's still plenty to add if you have the bucks. Available options include heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, LED Matrix headlights, launch control, a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane change assist, and a heated windshield.


The Macan's standard infotainment system is less impressive than the rest of the vehicle. While its 10.9-inch TFT touchscreen display looks stunning and displays clear and attractive graphics and images, it's not the easiest to navigate, and it's still devoid of the Android Auto function that is commonplace on rival offerings. Nevertheless, it is at least accompanied by a strong ten-speaker sound system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio, four USB-C ports (two of which are for charging only in the second row), voice control, navigation, and wireless Apple CarPlay. For those who'd like something special, a Bose 12-speaker upgrade is offered, as is wireless charging, but true audiophiles will be most interested in Burmester's 16-speaker surround-sound setup.

2021 Porsche Macan Problems and Reliability

Thus far, the Porsche Macan seems to offer exemplary reliability, having last been subject to recalls in 2018 for problems like a faulty control unit and a potential fuel leak. And, reviews of the Porsche Macan from J.D. Power returned a score of 80 out of 100 overall.

Should anything go awry, Porsche provides limited and powertrain warranties for the first four years/50,000 miles and 12 years of corrosion protection with no mileage limit. A year or 10,000 miles is the period within which one can take advantage of complimentary scheduled maintenance.


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

Macan Safety

As is common for US luxury vehicles with the badge of a sports car manufacturer, neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has yet conducted reviews to determine the crashworthiness of the Macan. That said, plenty of standard and available safety tech should keep you safe.

Key Safety Features

The Macan provides plenty of safety for occupants in the event of a crash through frontal, side-impact (for both front and rear passengers), and curtain airbags. These are supplemented by rain-sensing wipers, hill start assist, hill descent control, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and a post-collision braking system. Available features include adaptive LED Matrix headlights, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, and forward collision alert with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Porsche Macan a good car?

The Porsche Macan may be getting on in years, but it's still an attractive offering for those who aren't concerned with price and just want a compact luxury SUV that drives beautifully. The infotainment system is the single most glaring piece of evidence that proves by how much the Macan is outdated, but it's not so bad that you can't overlook it. As always, build quality is excellent, and even the base model accelerates well, while the full-fat GTS model really blows your hair back. Of course, even in that trim, you'll need to spend extra to get a really comprehensively equipped Macan, but if you have younger kids and don't need a wealth of space, the Macan is an excellent option that blends decent practicality with good off-road ability and stunning on-road performance. Few cars can get one thing right, so we'll appreciate the Macan for the multiple things it does brilliantly. And besides all the rational reasons why you should or shouldn't get one, who doesn't want to say that they can drop their kids off at school in a Porsche?

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Porsche Macan?

The entry-level Macan arrives with a base price of $52,100, before a $1,350 charge for delivery, processing, and handling. The mid-range Macan S, meanwhile, has a base price of $60,200 and the top-tier GTS carries a base MSRP of $72,100. Fully loaded with options and accessories, the Porsche Macan can easily exceed a cost of $135,000.

2021 Porsche Macan Models

For 2021, the Porsche Macan is offered in three trims: Macan, Macan S, and Macan GTS, all of which feature a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and AWD.

The first is the base Macan, with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo that generates 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. It rides on 18-inch wheels and wears black brake calipers to help set it apart from its more powerful siblings. Standard features include a power tailgate, automatic LED headlights, tri-zone climate control, front/rear parking sensors, cruise control, and a ten-speaker sound system. The base model also comes with a 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display and supports wireless Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio, and navigation.

Mid-level Macan S models are very similar to the base entrant in terms of styling, but are fitted with 19-inch wheels and quad-exit exhaust tips. Other than that, Titanium brake calipers and a Silver tachometer set it apart, but its most important change is under the hood, where you'll find a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 producing 348 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.

The GTS tops the range off and is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 375 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. This model gets adaptive air suspension, 20-inch wheels, red calipers, and a SportDesign body kit. You also get the Porsche Dynamic Light System with black headlight shrouds, numerous gloss black accents, heated front seats, and a Black tachometer with a GTS logo.

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Additional Packages

If you're content with the base Macan's output and styling but want a little something extra, you may be interested in the Premium package at $4,720. It adds a panoramic roof, keyless entry, lane change assist, heated front seats, adaptive LED headlights, and a Bose sound system 12-speaker sound system. Alternatively, you can spec the Premium Package Plus option, which adds the same features plus 14-way power front seats with both heating and ventilation. This package will set you back $7,400. Package prices differ slightly for the top two trims. The Sport Chrono package with its additional drive mode and launch control function is another popular choice and costs $1,360. All new models have acces to optional driver-assist technologies that will prove worthwhile, including adaptive cruise control ($1,170) and lane change assistance ($700).

🚗What Porsche Macan Model Should I Buy?

It's always tempting to go for the fastest model on offer, particularly when we're talking Porsches, but the GTS is unnecessarily expensive and doesn't offer all that much more than the Macan S. By the same token, the base model requires quite a few additions to be truly attractive as a daily driver. Thus, we recommend the mid-range Macan S. It's quick off the line, faster than it needs to be, and comes with better-looking 19-inch wheels as standard. However, it's not perfect, and we'd recommend adding the Premium Package Plus upgrade for a vehicle with a great balance of luxury and convenience features.

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2021 Porsche Macan Comparisons

Porsche Cayenne
Audi Q5 Audi
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Porsche Macan261 hp19/25 mpg$54,900
Porsche Cayenne 335 hp17/22 mpg$69,000
Audi Q5 261 hp23/28 mpg$45,600

2021 Porsche Macan vs Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne is the Macan's big brother and is the best choice for those with large families or those who require proper practicality from their SUVs. Thanks to its larger body, the Cayenne can give you as much as 60.3 cubic feet of volume to work with, and its higher weight rating means that it can tow far more than the Macan's 4,400-odd pounds with a rating of 7,700 lbs. In addition, it's been recently updated and comes with a minimum of 335 hp. Furthermore, you can have a stunning 12.3-inch digital driver display, and thanks to more interior space, it's a better companion for long journeys. However, with a base price well over 60 grand, it's the wrong choice for the budget-conscious. Still, if you're looking at a Porsche, you shouldn't be looking at price. Overall, it's the better vehicle and should be preferred by most buyers.

See Porsche Cayenne Review

2021 Porsche Macan vs Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 has just received a long-awaited facelift that brings its styling in line with the rest of Audi's offerings. Much like the Macan, the base model comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but it's a different system that employs the use of a mild-hybrid setup to produce 261 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. As a result, it's quicker in comparison to the base Macan, achieving 0-60 mph in well under six seconds. It's also available with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, something that the Macan doesn't yet offer, and with a base price of under $45,000, it's a great way to have the premium look, impeccable build quality, and luxurious cabin of an upmarket German SUV without paying too much. We'll have to wait to drive it to be certain of its value, but on paper at least, the Macan needs an update to stay competitive.

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