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Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package review: Photos, details(4)

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Turbo porsche Perfo with Macan

Step on the gas, the Macan can really boogie. According to Porsche, our launch control-equipped Performance Package tester can hit 60 mph in a 911- esque 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 169 mph.

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How is it to drive?

How is it to drive?

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Without a doubt, the Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package is the best driving crossover SUV in the world. This is made evident by our test car which is equipped with just about every performance goody available on the Macan — including a $1,490 Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system which helps the car go around the corner more effectively. 

On the winding country roads of rural New Jersey, our Macan tester performed wonderfully in spite of the cold temperatures. To drive, the Macan can best be described as confidence inspiring. While most SUVs do their best to "handle" the corners, the Macan prefers to attack them aggressively. Sometimes it's easy to forget that you are in a 4,200-pound SUV and not a two-seat sports car. 

However, the Macan isn't so competent that it's bordering on boring. Its active all-wheel-drive system is rear-biased and normally sends 95% of the power to back wheels. Very rarely can you get the rear end of an SUV to step out in a controlled manner like a sports car. And yet, you can with the Macan. 



The verdict.

The verdict.

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The Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package is one of the most impressive SUVs I've ever encountered. And as you know already, it's the best to drive. 

But at $96,295 with options, it's freaking expensive.

Our last Porsche 911 Carrera test car cost just a few hundred bucks more. And I understand that this model is meant to be the high-performance halo atop the Macan lineup. As you can tell by the name, the Performance Package is loaded with the greatest hits from Porsche's bag of performance goodies. But for the most part, their presence isn't really evident unless you take the Macan out on a race track. So for the vast majority of people in the market for a Macan, these features are pretty much useless.

In addition, the interior of the test car was dull and uninspiring. While it's loaded with tech features, it doesn't quite feel up to snuff for a premium vehicle in its price range. 

It should be noted that our particular car was originally brought to the US for the buff books to conduct performance testing. So the performance options and the somewhat spartan interior are understandable. 

You may be a bit confused at this point. Does he like the car? Or does he hate it? 

In truth, I'd say if you're looking for a fun compact premium crossover, you'll be hard-pressed to find one better executed than the Porsche Macan. But what I'll also tell you is don't buy this particular Porsche Macan. 

Instead of spending $96,295 on the Turbo with Performance Package, save $30,000 and buy a 300 hp Macan S. It's not as quick as the flagship Turbo with a 0-60 time of 5.0 seconds, but it delivers 95% of the experience at two-thirds the price. 

And if you really want a track focused Porsche, use the $30,000 you just saved on a second-hand 911 or Cayman. 

So, my verdict on the Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package is to buy a Macan S instead. 

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