I spent a day driving Porsche's all-new 2015 Macan luxury compact SUV throughout Southern California, up and down the mountain roads of the Angeles Crest Highway and at Willow Springs International Raceway in the high Southern California desert. All in all, the variety of terrain offered plenty of opportunity for the Macan to show off, or to fall short.
The Macan Turbo I drove on the way out to Willow Springs had pretty much every box checked: Porsche Active Suspension Management with air suspension ($1,385), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus ($1,490), underbody skid plates ($1,410), adaptive cruise control with Porsche Active Safe ($1,600), Burmester High-End Surround Sound System ($4,290) and the Premium Package Plus with a host of safety and luxury features ($4,660) just to name a few. The Macan Turbo has a starting price of $72,295 (including destination), but with all of these options the price tag inched into "holy cow" territory: $101,325.
On the road the Macan is docile, especially in Normal driving mode. The suspension management system puts the adaptive shock absorbers into a more pliant setting, and the steering was lighter than I would have preferred but was still very accurate and managed to avoid the overboosted, floaty feeling found in less refined electric power steering systems. Moving the Macan into Sport or Sport Plus sharpens the SUV, especially the transmission, which delightfully holds onto lower gears. But it's still a tamer experience than I had envisioned given Porsche's claims.