I have criticisms of other aspects of the Macan (and the looks of the Cayenne) - but I think the Macan looks good.
For those who care (I spent 2 days recently test driving 2 separate base Macans as service loaners):
- Steering number than 718, but that's expected
- Brake pedal has a very annoying dead spot at the top. (My thought is it was probably engineered like this for clueless drivers who ride the brake too much )
- 18 way thigh bolsters dug into my thighs (and I'm not even "large") - yes I had them all the way "out"
- Seating position for taller people puts your head next to the B-pillar creating a huge blind spot, and really awkward ingress/egress.
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The Macan (along with the SQ5) strikes me as a fantastic single-car solution if you can only have one car. I think it looks pretty good, if not great, certainly one of the better-looking SUV/CUVs out there. If we were to do what we always threaten to do and move out of our house into the burbs into a city condo (after the kids leave) then a Macan would make a whole lot of sense merging our 3 vehicles down into just one.
I'll start this off that I'm not an SUV guy. Not in the least. I had an allroad that I loved until very recently.
The Macan's design is great to me, I think they hit a home run with it, the refresh isn't my cup of tea yet -- I don't think the rear light bar works -- but it is a great car.
My main gripe is that the hatch window angle kills any space in the trunk and thus killing the usefulness for me with a dog and now a baby.
We added an SQ5 over a year ago, which for all intents and purposes is pretty much the same exact car, BUT it has a lot more space. I am an avant/wagon guy all the way, always grew up with them in Europe, but the SQ5 fit more than the allroad, maybe just due to the height of the interior (from floor to roof?) but we've carried all sorts of things and I've been really impressed. We can tow with it and that's a big plus. The car is APR stage 2+ and is a hoot to drive, I will be lowering it to euro ride height soon and apparently it will make the car feel more planted.
To the guy saying a Macan is a GTI+, get real. Drive one and you'll see how much the GTI is lacking. Yes, it does have little space, but I can see why this thing sells like hot cakes. My neighbor has a GTS and it is A LOT of fun to drive.
Ultimately it comes down to what your needs and wants are. I only carry people in the back occasionally so it being tight is not a big deal. What I do care about is that it has 4 doors, a hatch and a seat that can be folded for when I need to carry things.
When you own a home you go to Home Depot A LOT. I would not be able to function without a car that couldnt carry things. When I was renovating my kitchen I brought home an in the wall microwave oven (which are big) in the back of my Audi A3 sportback. That would not happen in 911 or a sedan.
The second is 60 years old and I gut-rehabbed the basement and it was to the point where when I left the house at any time other than 8AM on a weekday, the predictive analytics on my iPhone would tell me how long it would take me to get to Home depot.