Dare we say it? Autumn is upon us. The sky is dark, the rain is falling, and while the weather might be giving you the blues, our latest cinch Weekend Wheels most certainly won’t. Enter this Porsche Macan GTS.
With a 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine, 380hp and four-wheel drive, it’s the kind of SUV you want this season. Expect a very responsive drive with some tantalising crackles as you rev. Use the seven-speed paddle shift automatic gearbox to your advantage and you’ll get liveliness and fabulous speed. 0-62mph in 4.7secs ought to keep you on your toes too.
Four-wheel drive is ready to go at the touch of a button – flip into snow mode when proper winter hits and you’ll feel like you’re in a true off-roader. The Macan is designed entirely around performance, and we’d recommend hitting that Sport Plus mode for some extra thrills.
Behind all that excitement, however, is a car that can fall back into the well-behaved family role when asked. The Macan is Porsche’s smallest SUV, yet it’s still a very practical car. We particularly like how this car somehow manages to compress itself into tight spots and narrow roads, when many SUVs just feel too bulky.
For interior space, the second row is about average for a medium SUV, there’s 488 litres of boot space when the back seats are in use, and the driver’s position is one of the best we’ve tried. The comfort level in the Macan GTS is superb.
Despite how sporty the Macan GTS is, you won’t be compromising on luxury. The interior is brilliant quality – stylish and understated, but still so Porsche. The infotainment screen comes with actual physical buttons surrounding the central drive selector, which keeps things from being too sterile. Bluetooth, sat nav, parking pilot, and cruise control all feature, as do safety assists like rear parking sensors and lane assist.
And now we come to looks – the Macan GTS in this dark grey is a bit of a stunner. Its wide stance gives it a commanding presence, and it looks fast but not overly ostentatious. The matte black air intakes, black window trims and black roof spoiler – combined with the 20-inch silver alloys – are imposing and stealthy features, and we’re here for it! The red brake callipers are a particular favourite.
It's definitely a splurge for a family 4x4 – or even for yourself or partner – but it’s worth it, because it's one of the best SUVs in its class and is probably the best to drive.
This particular gem is available for £70,200 or the equivalent monthly rate. If you want to release some endorphins, snap it up before it's gone!
By Freda Lewis-Stempel