Range Rover really hit the proverbial nail square on its head with the Evoque. This stylish compact SUV has not only become something of a fashion icon, but has also proven itself worthy of the prestigious Range Rover badge. The premium baby 4×4 market has grown rapidly and presents a prime opportunity for entering a new segment. Porsche ventured into the SUV segment with the successful Cayenne back in 2002 and with this experience the Germans intend to take on the Range Rover Evoque. This is the Porsche Macan S Diesel.
The long rumoured and even officially denied, at one point, baby Cayenne is named the Porsche Macan. It was revealed at the L.A. motor show last year and presented potential buyers with a neat little package that offered all of the performance that a Cayenne does but in a smaller box. An appetising recipe considering how good its big brother is and as Macan’s start to appear in showrooms, we got our first proper look at one in the metal.
The first thing that strikes you about the new Porsche Macan is just how small it is in comparison to a Cayenne. Parked side-by-side Porsche’s original 4×4 dwarfs the new arrival. Another thing that is immediately noticeable is the fact that the Macan looks pretty good. Its taught body lines hint at the cars athletic nature and proportionally it works very well. Neat grills and a small amount of chromed trim to the windows highlight the typical German detail found throughout the car. Its rear lights with their sculpted contours are inspired by those from the Sport Turismo concept and are a standout feature to the overall aesthetic.
Climbing inside the plush leather upholstered cabin of this highly specified Macan S Diesel a familiar console stretches out from the dash. The raised centre stack garnished with many buttons is found throughout the Porsche family and certainly adds a more sporting feel to the interior. The heavily bolstered seats hold occupants firmly in place ready for the brisk acceleration of 0-62MPH in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 143MPH in this diesel model. Something I particularly liked was the three spoke steering wheel that sits proudly at the drivers fingertips. It is simple yet stylish with a driver focus layout that lacks a horde of buttons. Head and leg room in the back is actually rather good considering the compact nature of this car, but the vast amount of boot space is what surprised me the most.
The Porsche Macan appears to be a very complete package that has been executed to the best of Porsche ability. It is an object of desire yet choosing the Macan S diesel will net you a machine capable of 45MPG. It ticks a lot of boxes and is set to put up a tough fight against the Range Rover. We eagerly await our chance to get behind the wheel.