2020 Porsche Macan Turbo First Look Review: Better And Faster Than Ever

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The segment's benchmark retains its title.

Ever since the Porsche Macan debuted back in 2014, it has been one of the automaker's biggest draws, becoming its best-selling model. The Macan ticks all the right boxes for buyers throughout the world, particularly in the United States, perhaps Porsche's most important market. After taking a break for the 2019 model year, the Macan Turbo is back and it's better than ever. Today, all Macans are turbocharged, but the 2020 Macan Turbo is particularly potent. What's different? The biggest change is a new and more powerful engine that also promises improved efficiency.

Porsche has also added more standard equipment and there are some slight styling changes inside and out. Chances are anyone who loved the previous Macan Turbo will find themselves loving the 2020 model even more. Current owners will also likely be returning to their nearest Porsche dealership for an upgrade.

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Exterior Changes: Minor But Important

While difficult to notice, there are some nice exterior changes for 2020. The subtly refreshed body, once again, has its own unique front bumper compared to the regular Macan, which has received a slight nip/tuck. There's also a small rear spoiler with a double wing design on the roof along with LED headlights and Porsche's Dynamic Light System. 20-inch wheels are standard, as are side skirts and unique body-colored side mirrors. The sport exhaust system is instantly recognizable because of its silver twin tailpipes.

In short, if you were a fan of the Macan Turbo's design before then you'll appreciate these minor but important styling changes.

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More Power Means More Fun

The previous 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 is replaced by a new and more powerful 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, the same engine found in theCayenne and Panamera. With a total of 434 horsepower – 34 hp more than before – and 405 lb-ft of torque, power goes to all four wheels through Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.

Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of only 4.3 seconds, or 4.1 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package. Other performance-related updates include the Porsche Surface Coated Brakes that are designed to offer a faster response, less wear, and up to 90 percent less brake dust when compared to conventional cast-iron units. There are also high-gloss brake discs and white painted brake calipers. Owners will also benefit from a height-adjustable suspension featuring optimized rolling pistons and new shock absorber hydraulics.

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Pure Porsche Interior

Drivers and front passengers will experience adaptive sports seats covered in leather and electric 18-way adjustable with a comfort memory package included as standard fare. The dash is trimmed with brush aluminum while Alcantara is used for the roof lining. A heated sports steering wheel, similar to the one used in the 911, is optional.

A 10.9-inch full HD touchscreen adorns the center dash, and it's connected to a 14-speaker, 665-watt Bose Surround Sound system. Navigation and smart voice control are included along with Porsche Connect Plus. Among other features, this system offers a slot for an external SIM card and a WiFi hot spot. Wireless charging is standard.

Other optional features include a heated windscreen and adaptive cruise control.

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Pricing And Competition

Porsche has not yet released North American pricing for 2020, but it will likely slightly increase from the outgoing model's $78,000 MSRP base price. Fully equipped, a Macan Turbo will come close to $90,000. In Europe, Porsche lists the 2020 Macan Turbo's starting price at 91,922 euros.

As part of the high-performance luxury compact SUV segment, the Porsche Macan Turbo will face off directly against the Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M, and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is another and more recent competitor as well. Regardless of which of these SUVs you prefer, they all have similar pricing.

Although Porsche does not provide a precise sales breakdown between Macan and Macan Turbo models, the Macan lineup continues to be the German automaker's best-seller. Last year, a total of 23,504 Macans were sold in the US, compared to 10,733 Cayennes, 8,042 Panameras, 9,647 Porsche 911s, 3,179 Porsche 718 Caymans, and 2,097 Porsche 718 Boxsters.

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