Don’t forget OP coming from 718 😂. I agree T trim finds its good cost and value here, lighter weighted front also got into play but OP is looking for SUV practicality with fun dynamic driving. He still get S under $80k at least option negotiated.I ordered a Macan T (on the boat right now) for 77k. Because it’s the ideal compromise between performance and price. You can get all the cosmetic bits that make a car worth driving and looking at and you will see every minute. You will use the extra S power rarely if you use it for daily driving and commuting. And the T is plenty fast at 5 plus seconds from car and driver. It also handles better at lower speeds than the S because of suspension tuning and it is 130 pounds lighter over the front wheels. It sits lower than the base as well. It also gets better gas mileage and is cheaper to insure which will pay for the cosmetic bits.
If you wanted a true racing suv and money was no object then get the GTS but for everyday purposes the Macan T is an awesome car and with unique styling not found on the other trims.
Don’t listen to those who say don’t spend a few k extra on options because you won’t get that back. It’s a Porsche. If you want to get your money back you would go buy a Honda CRV. You will make up most of that money in lower cost to operate.
That being said. I think the T is the best value at under 80k. But don’t listen to the upsellers here. This forum is massively biased against the base and the T. It’s all about bragging rights and power you will rarely use. Get what you want.