The Macan is based on the same architecture as the Audi Q5, but Porsche engineers made extensive revisions in order to give it a sporty edge.
Wheels drove all three variants this week and the diesel shapes as the pick of the bunch, not just because it is the cheapest – priced from $84,900 – but because the engine’s torquey nature best suits the car.
Make no mistake, the Macan S Diesel is not an underpowered entry-level car.
Shared with Volkswagen Group models, this 3.0-litre V6 single-turbo engine produces a healthy 190kW and 580Nm.
The twin-turbo 3.0-litre petrol V6 fitted to the $87,200 S model produces 250kW and 460Nm, so it is no slouch, but it needs to be worked harder. It has a sportier engine note, but tis hardly spine-tingling.
The considerably quicker flagship Turbo model, priced from $122,900, has a twin-turbo 3.6-litre petrol V6 and its 294kW and 550Nm means it can dash from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds (the petrol S does it in 5.4sec and the diesel S in 6.3sec).
That sounds great (as does the engine), but this not a sports car and that much power really does seem like overkill in a heavy high-riding vehicle like the Macan.
Consider the fuel economy and the base diesel – which returns 6.3 litres per 100km compared with 9.0L/100km for the petrol S and 9.2L/100km for the Turbo – strengthens as the most sensible choice.