Behind the wheel: Porsche Macan 2.0

Behind the wheel is where we look at the driving aspect of a car. This time round we are looking at the Posche Macan 2.0

The Macan comes with a 2.0L turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that produces 252bhp at 5,000 – 6,750 rpm and 370Nm at 1,600 – 4,500 rpm and mated to a 7-speed PDK transmission. We take the Macan to Bukit Tinggi to check out how the SUV handle itself through the different road condition in order for us to get there.

On your regular city streets and highway, the Macan is fairly refine, and more than sufficient power to keep up with the traffic. When going uphill, the 21-inch tyres do dull down a little on the performance of the engine. For your day to day usage, this engine is more than sufficient. On the move, the gear shifts from the PDK transmission is smooth and precise, always at the right gear when needed.

Moving on to the handling, the 1st thing that come to mind that you think about a Porsche is the tight and direct steering feel you get. The Macan definitely got that as the steering feel will get feedback about front wheels are doing and where are they pointing, this will give the driver plenty of confidence to take the SUV through different types of corners.

While pushing the Macan in the corners, the weight of the Macan can definitely being felt by the driver when the car is thrown around in the corners. The suspension in the Macan does a good job in absorbing the bumps, and yet still keep the body roll in check in the corners.

For the brakes, Porsche have fitted the Macan with 4 pot brake callipers and 345mm brake disc upfront and 330mm brake disc at the rear. The brakes does a good job in slowing down the Macan. The NVH level in the Macan is great, most of the time the car manage to keep all the outside noise away from cabin. Personally, I would prefer a little more noise from the engine and exhaust to make the driving experience more exhilarating.

The Porsche Macan is design for those who wanted a sporty SUV but aren’t looking for the full blown Cayenne. Starting from RM 455,000, the Macan is quite pricey compare with other continental SUV you can get within this segment. If you’re a huge Porsche fan, the Macan is actually a great way to buy into the Porsche brand.

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