Verdict

Creating an area for the driver-focused Macan T inside Porsche’s sporty mid-sized SUV lineup was at all times going to be a tough activity. It’s not the decide of the vary, however the T nonetheless manages to spotlight the Macan’s wonderful driving dynamics at a cheaper price level. It’s largest downside? The extra thrilling V6-powered S is simply barely pricier. 

In 1968, Porsche denoted its lightest manufacturing facility 911 because the 911 ‘T’ and since then the ‘Touring’ moniker has been bestowed on fashions that chase driver engagement relatively than lap occasions.

A pure driving expertise isn’t one thing you’d search for in a family-friendly, plush SUV such because the Macan (which weighs 1,865kg). However, Porsche is assured that it deserves the T badge. It’s not solely the Porsche purists it’ll need to win over both with the likes of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce and Jaguar F-Pace to tussle with.

Since we drove it in Italy earlier this yr, the Macan T has had its value bumped up from £53,970 to £55,800, though it’s nonetheless £5,000 greater than the entry-level Macan and £1,000 lower than the Macan S. 

The Macan T stands aside from the remainder of the vary with refined beauty particulars. The grille, door mirrors, facet blades, rear spoiler and badging are all completed in Agate Grey metallic paint, and the 20-inch alloy wheels are available a complimentary darkish titanium. There are 13 exterior color choices to select from, too.

Inside, the Macan T will get a singular part-leather, part-‘Sport-Tex’ Alcantara-like trim, with silver distinction stitching and embossed Porsche logos on the headrests. A brand new centre console changed the huge array of buttons with a touch-sensitive panel in late 2021 and it’s much less complicated to make use of and appears smarter. Above it sits a ten.9-inch touchscreen which is slick and responsive. Our automobile featured £5,041 of non-obligatory gear, we might in all probability go with out the £245 Roof rails and £252 dimming inside and exterior mirrors.

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The T shares the identical 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with different VW Group fashions, such because the Golf GTI, solely right here it’s mounted longitudinally. The smaller engine weighs 59kg lower than the V6, and eradicating that mass from the nostril, Porsche says, helps to enhance cornering agility. It produces 261bhp and 400Nm of torque, with the latter accessible from 1,800rpm by way of to 4,000rpm, the identical as the bottom Macan. However, because of the usual Sport Chrono Pack, 0-62mph drops by 0.2 seconds to six.2. 

The solely automobile in Porsche’s lineup to obtain the model’s PASM adaptive damping system with metal springs, the T sits 15mm decrease than the common automobile and the steering has additionally been tweaked.

These adjustments solely ship a marginal improve in flip in response and stability by way of corners, not such a foul factor as a result of the usual Macan is already one of many best SUVs in bends. You can alter its line mid nook and grip ranges are by no means troubled within the dry. The steering can be completely weighted and affords respectable suggestions for an SUV. 

Air suspension could be added for £1,044, together with an uprated rear anti-roll bar, which might drop the suspension an additional 10mm (or 20mm in Sport Plus mode). Whether you select Comfort, Sport or Sport Plus mode, the Macan T feels composed underneath laborious cornering and whereas the trip might get progressively busier, it’s by no means uncomfortable. We’ve mentioned earlier than, the air suspension’s price shopping for if you happen to do numerous motorway miles – the place it’s barely extra refined – however in any other case, save the cash. This opinion hasn’t modified now we have pushed the automobile on UK roads. 

The seven-speed PDK gearbox is flawless. It’s super-smooth and the short adjustments add an additional layer of sportiness to the expertise. The brakes are highly effective and reassuring, even after heavy and repeated use. From the viewpoint of enjoyment and functionality, we reckon that many four-wheel-drive scorching hatches are extra credible rivals to the Macan T than SUV alternate options, which is credit score to the Porsche. 

The four-cylinder engine is efficient however isn’t precisely bristling with character –  one thing that afflicts this engine in different functions. While that flat torque curve makes the motor pretty versatile, it additionally means it isn’t notably rewarding to rev out. The heftier V6 sacrifices the final phrase in agility, however a richer sound and extra muscular mid-to-high vary appear to be a good commerce, particularly when the S and T are so carefully priced.

Model:

Porsche Macan T

Price:

£60,841

Engine:

2.0-litre 4cyl turbo petrol

Power/torque:

261bhp/400Nm

Transmission:

Seven-speed dual-clutch auto, four-wheel drive

0-62mph:

6.2 seconds

Top velocity:

144mph

Economy:

26.4mpg

CO2:

242g/km

On sale:

Now

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