It's an all-petrol range these days - it's some time now since Porsche offered a diesel in any of its cars. The brand's usual plug-in hybrid tech though, is conspicuous by its absence here. Most buyers opt for the entry-level 2.0-litre turbo unit which offers 245PS, gets to 62mph in 6.7s and reaches 139mph flat out. If that really isn't fast enough for you, then there's a mid-range Macan S and Macan GTS models, which use the 3.0 V6 unit from the larger Cayenne with either, respectively with either 354 or 380PS. Or there's the top Macan Turbo, which borrows its 2.9-litre twin turbo V6 from the Audi R S4, but here uses it in 440PS form. All variants were updated in late 2018 with a revised chassis and newly developed tyres, a package that has put this model even further ahead of its rivals from a dynamic perspective.
All models come with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, with a Sport button to sharpen shift times, throttle response and steering. Four-wheel drive is standard on all cars, although in normal road conditions, 100% of torque is directed to the rear axle. Should momentary slip be detected, a clutch pack locks, which can then send up to 100 per cent of torque to the front axle. There's also a torque vectoring system, while a torque vectoring rear differential is an option. There is a dedicated off-road mode, which optimises the torque split and gearbox shift points to better optimise grip and torque when it gets really slippery. Standard steel springs with passive dampers are standard on the S models, with adaptive dampers an option, while the Turbo gets full air suspension.