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I picked up my Macan last Thursday just before the long weekend and went on a 1200 mile roadtrip to New Bunswick Canada. Sorry this got too long. But I had to blare my soul after the emotional journey I went through to finally get hold of my Macan. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions.

Background:

Macan is my first performance or luxury vehicle. I have been driving a V6 Accord for last 14 years. Over last year and a half, I have test driven and seriously considered everything from Tesla, 5 series, E-Class, X5 all the way to Tesla X, trying to find right mix of sportiness and utility (especially in winter). Saw Macan released and decided on it even before I test drove it.

My expectations were unrealistic before my first test drive as detailed in the thread: Frustrating Test Drive of Fully loaded Macan S . I did reset my expectations and had a great follow up test drive, following which I ran into issue of having to cancel my original order and re-order due to 18-way seats not being a good fit.

Finally received my Macan on August 31st, 2 weeks after my dealership received my Macan - due to Porsche NA MCO issues. Below are my initial observations.

Options on my Macan S :

AS/PASM, PTV+, ACC, LCA, LKA, PP+, Info, Pano

Trip:

I did a lot of highways and lot of secondary or B roads as they call in UK in Maine and New Brunswick as well as driving in some national park roads that had nice turns and rolling hills. Some of the secondary highways in Maine were practically deserted allowing me to push the limits of speeds (my limits not Macan's) on turns using the Escort Max as a safety net. ;) Some of these roads were in bad shape as well allowing me to test out suspension modes.

Overall:

I am blown away by the Macan. The combination of sportiness and luxury/comfort in Macan is amazing. Plenty fast for me and extremely stable. Gives you confidence at all speeds (I have pushed it to 118 mph so far). Amazing thing is I was able to do everything still keeping RPMs close to 4K max. (except couple occasion I may have gone highter)

Twisties, Twisties and more Twisties:

That is where Macan really stands out...Macan just took all the turns at 2-3 times the speed limit when I was doing the secondary roads. I had a lot of. Even in comfort mode it was really good (as some roads were bad I wanted to use comfort mode so that kids on the back seats were comfortable). But on occasions I turned on Sport or Sport Plus PASM mode even the minimal body roll that was seen with Comfort mode just disappeared. PTV+ also had to do with the fun I had on turns. That said never felt I pushed to Macan's limit. Except once when I was coming downhill on a turn - that is where you feel Macan's 4000+ lbs and that is the only time I had an OMG moment, Macan ably recovered with a bit of tire slip. On downhill turns physics cannot be defied as the mass can be felt.



Sense of Speed:
You hardly get a sense of speed with Macan as has been well noted in the forums. 60 feels like 30. Hence the reason I bought Passport Max even before I picked up the Macan. I had to have some fun ;).

Quiet Interior:

Interior is as quiet as it gets. Extremely refined and engine sound is a muted hum, except when you push it. Quiet interior is extremely comfortable for kids and family. At low speeds it is so quiet that your brain hunts for any sound and I hear the AC working. No road/tire noise. At high speeds about 65-70 mph you start getting a bit of wind noise (nothing major)... Makes Macan a great long distance vehicle.

Suspension/Ride:

On highways and secondary roads, AS/PASM in comfort mode is extremely comfortable without loosing feel for the road. You feel all the indentations on the road even in comfort mode without even the harshest bumps affecting you. I do not see any floatiness in AS in comfort mode. On some of the roads in Maine that were in poor conditions and I was going x times the limit, my kids were sleeping, that was how good AS was in comfort mode. I am sold on AS, if only it remains reliable :crying:

On turns in comfort road Macan is still very very good. Never felt the need to turn on Sport or Sport Plus mode. That said when I did turn on Sport/SP PASM mode, whatever bit of roll just disappeared. Macan was just glued to the turns... Riding on rails feeling... Part of credit goes to PTV+. You almost feel Macan is invincible (until I hit the downhill turn I referred to above, which brought me back to earth)

Throttle response:

In Normal mode it is appalling. Sport mode does make the throttle response more fun. I wish Sport mode throttle response was standard and they had a higher level for Sport plus.

Acceleration:

Acceleration was plenty good for me. When I saw short stretches of clear visibility to be sure there is no danger (if you know what I mean), I could just in a jiffy get the Macan close to 90-95 mph even without hitting 4k limits. Not the kind of shooting from gun accelaration, but the kind where before you know you are pushing 100. That said once it reaches 95-100 I felt it was laboring much more especially since I did not want to downshift to get it past 4K. I think beyond 95 or so is were Turbo would really outshine S. But how often can we drive at 90 mph in US. 0:)

PDK:

Tried to stick to 4K limit. PDK shifts very quick and smooth even in Sport mode. Will be able to have more fun with manual shifting once run-in period is done.

ACC:

One of the best features. When I picked up my Macan, I was stuck in traffic. Macan made it a stress free affair as I was able to use the Stop and Go feature of ACC. Best part is that it even applies Brake Hold once stopped, necessitating a tap of lever to resume. Top features I am happy with on my Macan. Makes bad part of driving stress free. Will enjoy it more I have to cross bridges in NY !!!

LCA:

Works well is useful. Visibility in Macan is poor. That said my only fear is if LCA will create a bad habit.

LKA:

Much better than expected. With ACC and LKA, Macan can self drive for 10-15 seconds giving you enough time for distractions we are used to in the current world like phone/SMS/Email. (I do not recommend this distracted behaviour, but it is part of life in 21st century). Keeping it on permanently is a bit too intrusive.

Auto-Start Stop

I hated it initially, but found a way I can manipulate the brake at stops to enable or disable Auto-start stop. That way if I waiting to turn left I can prevent Auto SS from being triggered. I stopped using this after @TripleL or @TripleZ 's comments on not using it during run in. (Sorry forgot exactly who)

Coasting

I love this function. When I used to push the speed real high on open streches of roads, I try to slow down when nearing top of hill or entering a blind turn to save my ass from cops, and I used coasting in these situations to naturally slow down preserving existing momentum. Best part is you can use paddles to trigger it. But be careful with this option as if enabled this puts car in neutral even on downhills that is not desirable- you can use paddles to shift down. What I hate is Coasting cannot be used with Sport Mode!!!

Ventillated Seats:

Very good option especially on long trips. Keeps you feel refreshed. Only fear is cleaning the perforated seats.

B]Best Value Option: Comfort Lighting[/B]:

The LED lights are really a great option and my wife and I really like it. Including the ambient lights as well as courtesy light when you exit. Gives a very classy touch. Makes the interior shine at night in a subtle way, especially with black interior. For $300+ it is a deal. Just the cost of replacing a single non-LED light will cover for it.

Negatives -

Pano Roof:
Only option I regret. Not worth it. From front it is not very useful except gives a bit of glare. Kids at back were not too excited. I thought they would be. Does not give you a feeling of convertible :D. Opening creates too much buffeting... unusable except at low speeds. Pano is overrated.

Rear seats:

Leg room in rear is miniscule, especially if you turn on comfort access. My 2 year old in Infant seat sits with his legs hitting my seat before comfort access pushes it forward. But that is the tradeoff for more sporty handling and smaller size I preferred. I do not like trucks/bigger SUVs and Macan does not feel like one.

Forgot to mention MPG: Very simple. When I am good boy I get 23+ mpg and when I am bad boy I get 18- mpg... It was interesting that more I got comfortable with the Macan the lower my MPG went.


Interesting Anecdote:

I will leave you with an interesting anecdote in NB close to US border. I overtook a group of bikers at 90 mph. Three of them from the group suddenly had an urge to have some fun. And they pulled over to my left and we both had a blast. I went upto 118 mph and then did not feel the need to continue further. Those bikes can fly. One of the guys later pulled behind me and I noticed he had a Go Pro on his helmet. He wanted to record the new Porshe vehicle he saw I suppose. :D

Below are some thoughts you might call blasphemy, but still here you go:

"Even if you pay me I will never use the PCM Nav - PCM NAV is POS and worst option I bought hands down": If I wanted technology I would have preferred BMW. Even Pinch to zoom and panning is not easy. I only optioned it just in case for resale. Wasted 3K. It is amazing how all driving related technology is top notch in Porsche.

"I hate the look of Macan from front - looks like an Obese/Bloated 911 in an ugly way (I love it from back though)" From the back it is the sweetest thing... From the side also the view is good... But from front... Alas... Wish Porsche did not over do 911 aping stuff.

"Diesel Macan might be better buy than Macan S" I just made @Buckfever happy. With better Mpg and torquey engine, Diesel should be a good one. It is so refined that engine sound is not a factor. You will not know if you are driving a Diesel or S. I even bet Diesel has better insulation to completely remove engine noise. Maybe once I go over 4k run-in limit this opinion might change as also once I start using Sport mode.

Confession:
I took my family (including 2 and 6 year old) on this long road trip where most of the fun was for me actually. Bay of Fundy was fun though and kids had a blast as well. But I feel a bit guilty :(

Summary:

Overall could not be happier... My long wait for performance luxury vehicle is finally over !!!! (There is a saying, longer the wait sweeter the joy... I agree)

Thanks:

A big thanks to this forum in making my wait bearable and in making sure I ticked all the option boxes. :D Started of with a 60k budget and stopped at 70k. Thanks everybody. I am sure all those waiting for Macan will enjoy it.

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You like Canada ? eh !
Yet to see a cop or a speed trap..in Canada in 2000 miles. Canada is so huge with 1/10th of US population, so ratio is in my favor.:D Maybe I go to remote locations... All the cops are busy chasing folks in big cities...

That said I was shocked to see the big board as soon as I entered New Brunswick - "Use or Posession of Radar detectors is illegal". I had to pack up my Passport Max that I had used to blaze through Maine internal roads that had almost felt like a track as they were deserted.

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Yup. They are illegal right across Canada but there are Cdn online vendors sell them, with liability waiver needs to be acknowledged when buying.
 

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Great read, well written and more importantly an honest review of an owners journey thus far.

Thanks from downunder
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Edited to Add following aspects to the review I had missed out initially...

Auto-Start Stop
I hated it initially, but found a way I can manipulate the brake at stops to enable or disable Auto-start stop. That way if I waiting to turn left I can prevent Auto SS from being triggered. I stopped using this after @TripleL or @TripleZ 's comments on not using it during run in. (Sorry forgot exactly who)

Coasting
I love this function. When I used to push the speed real high on open streches of roads, I try to slow down when nearing top of hill or entering a blind turn to save my ass from cops, and I used coasting in these situations to naturally slow down preserving existing momentum. Best part is you can use paddles to trigger it. But be careful with this option as if enabled this puts car in neutral even on downhills that is not desirable- you can use paddles to shift down. What I hate is Coasting cannot be used with Sport Mode!!!

Below are some thoughts you might call blasphemy, but still here you go:

"Even if you pay me I will never use the PCM Nav - PCM NAV is POS and worst option I bought hands down": If I wanted technology I would have preferred BMW. Even Pinch to zoom is not supported. I only optioned it just in case for resale. Wasted 3K. It is amazing how all driving related technology is top notch in Porsche.

"I hate the look of Macan from front - looks like an Obese/Bloated 911 in an ugly way (I love it from back though)" From the back it is the sweetest thing... Wish Porsche did not over do 911 aping stuff.

"Diesel Macan might be better buy than Macan S" I just made @Buckfever happy. With better Mpg and torquey engine, Diesel should be a good one. It is so refined that engine sound is not a factor. You will not know if you are driving a Diesel or S. I even bet Diesel has better insulation to completely remove engine noise. Maybe once I go over 4k run-in limit this opinion might change.

Confession
I took my family (including 2 and 6 year old) on this long road trip where most of the fun was for me actually. Bay of Fundy was fun though and they had a blast as well. But I feel guilty :(

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remgb, I also enjoyed reading your very comprehensive and honest assessment of your ride, but I have to say that there is no way I would have approached the speeds you did if I had my two kids in the back seat!
 

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remgb, I also enjoyed reading your very comprehensive and honest assessment of your ride, but I have to say that there is no way I would have approached the speeds you did if I had my two kids in the back seat!
I know I went a bit overboard... I actually even feel guilty for taking them on long road trip were most fun was actually for me :( ... I just had to do it before school starts...

Trust me, all along I never felt even a bit unstable. It felt rock solid on fast stretches and extremely grippy on turns.

That said I literally got scared **** when on one of the downhill turns as I mentioned above I got carried away and pushed it a bit too much forgetting the 4000+ lbs of mass. No way one can defy physics, even in a Porsche !!!
 

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Yup. They are illegal right across Canada but there are Cdn online vendors sell them, with liability waiver needs to be acknowledged when buying.
No Sir! Radar detectors are legal in the great white west. Sask, AB, BC.
 

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Well I have to totally disagree with you on Pano but to each his own. Nice write up.
I was a big fan of Pano for my kids sake as it also opened up black interiors. But kids did not warm up and hence my observation. So that observation is applicable only in my case.
 

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Good read, thanks for sharing. Like @Wintermute, I have to disagree about the pano, looking forward to cooler weather here so I can make use of it.

Also, lots of people complain about the nav. I've been using it for 3+ years now (had it in my previous Cayenne) and I find it much better than my previous Lexus and our '13 Toyota. It seems I'm in the minority, but I think it works well and find it useful.
 

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Very nice read and like a few others have chimed in, I like the pano too. That wind net though is a bug catcher :(

I pushed mine to 145 a few days ago and it was pretty stable >:D

With the flap unplugged, throttle response is even better and shifts are crisper ;)

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Congrats and enjoy. Once you are run in just keep it in sport mode, I do, it is unemotional in normal and what is a little gas here and there!!!
 

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Congrats and enjoy. Once you are run in just keep it in sport mode, I do, it is unemotional in normal and what is a little gas here and there!!!
I find Sport Mode so much more engaging; it makes the car a lot more fun to drive, especially when the traffic is light and the roads have hills and bends. I do, however, put it in normal mode when in heavy traffic or when driving on relatively flat and straight highways. In those situations Sport Mode doesn't provide much if any benefit, and when cruising on the freeway the extra top gear will lower the RPM's and give you better mileage.
 

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Very nice read and like a few others have chimed in, I like the pano too. That wind net though is a bug catcher :(

I pushed mine to 145 a few days ago and it was pretty stable >:D

With the flap unplugged, throttle response is even better and shifts are crisper ;)

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Talking about bugs... My windshield and front bumper is a bug mortuary... tons of squashed bugs. Luckily got pounded by a thunderstorm on way back and that cleaned up most of it. I have not had chance to take it to car wash/clean it myself. Did I say I am a procrastinator. ;)

Opening Pano at medium or more speed creates too much wind buffeting. With how quiet the Macan is, you get used to silence. Any noise becomes magnified. In my case at low speeds I even can hear the AC working - that is the only sound I can hear. It is like your brain is trying to hunt for any kind of sound. With Pano closed from front there is not much of a difference. I had hoped kids would be excited. Maybe once we have fall colors they will enjoy being able to see the colors out of the Pano roof.

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