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Porsche Macan against its rivals

  • May 01, 2014
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[caption id="attachment_6321" align="alignnone" width="716"]Porsche Macan Porsche Macan[/caption]

Porsche’s baby SUV, the Macan is all set to make it to Indian shores in the summer of 2014. Abroad, the Porsche Macan is available with a choice of a four variants on offer, three petrol models and a diesel model. Playing by the Indian luxury car buyer’s rules, its the diesel model that is going to rack up the numbers here.

Before we get down to the details of the vehicle its important that we lay a marker for the Porsche Macan in the Indian automobile market. A segment that it slots into and its rivals in order to give you a context to understand the vehicle.

Lets start with the dimensions, the Macan measures in at 4,681mm in length, it is 1,923mm wide, 1,624mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,807mm.

Based on those numbers, the Macan then will compete against the likes of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3. The Audi Q5 has a length of 4,629mm, is 2089mm wide, ,1,655mm tall and has an identical wheelbase of 2,807mm to the Porsche.

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The BMW X3’s dimensions are 4,648mm in length, 1,881mm in width and 1,661mm in height and it has a wheelbase of 2,810mm.

When compared, the Porsche Macan is the longest, the Audi Q5 is the widest and the BMW X3 is the tallest as well as has the longest wheelbase.



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In the interest of the comparison, lets talk about the diesel fueled Porsche Macan first. Badged as the Macan S Diesel, the SUV is powered by a V6 3.0 litre turbo diesel engine developing 261PS of power between 4,000 rpm and 4,250 rpm and 580Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,500 rpm. All Porsche Macan models are fitted with the company’s seven-speed double clutch autobox and power is sent to all four wheels. The unit mated to the diesel engine gives this diesel SUV a 0-100 km/h time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h.

The Macan’s rivals the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 in India are available with a choice of 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre diesel engines. The 2.0 litre versions of both SUVs are naturally more affordable with the Audi being priced at Rs. 44.09 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) while the BMW sports a price tag of 46.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

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Priced at Rs. 49.38 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Audi Q5 3.0 litre develops 244PS of power between 4,000 rpm and 4,500 rpm and 580Nm of torque between 1,400 rpm and 3,250 rpm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox and power is sent to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.

BMW’s 3.0 litre engined X3 is priced at Rs. 53.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The six cylinder turbo diesel engine develops 258PS of power @ 6,500 rpm and 250Nm of torque between 2,000 rpm and 2,750 rpm. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and power is sent to all four wheels via BMW’s X-Drive all-wheel drive system.



[caption id="attachment_6320" align="alignnone" width="600"]Porsche Macan rear Porsche Macan rear[/caption]

No doubt that Porsche is perceived as a more niche luxury brand due to its model line-up, but judging by its competition the German performance luxury car maker will have to bear market rates in mind. The Porsche Macan S diesel is only marginally more powerful than its rivals. All three SUVs come with steel spring suspensions while the Macan also has an option of an air suspension system, atleast in models abroad. Bearing in mind Porsche’s heritage, expect the Macan to be quite a well sorted handling machine as well.

As mentioned earlier, the Macan is available in four variants abroad, the entry level petrol model has a turbocharged four cylinder direct injection 2.0 litre engine. Incidentally, this happens to be Volkswagen's EA888 engine that does duty under the hood of the Golf GTI. In the Macan, the engine develops 240PS of power between 5,000 rpm and 6,800 rpm while peak torque of 350Nm is made between 1,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The engine is mated to Porsche’s seven-speed automatic gearbox, giving the car a 0-100 km time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 223 km/h.

The second petrol engine option is a twin turbocharged direct injection 3.0 litre V6 engine developing 344PS of power between 5,500 rpm and 6,500 rpm and 460Nm of torque between a wide power band of 1,450 rpm to 5,000 rpm. The Porsche Macan S can go from standstill to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 254 km/h.

The third petrol engine option in the top-of-the-line Macan Turbo is  a 3.0 litre V6 engine developing 405PS of power @ 6,000 rpm and 550Nm of torque between 1,350 rpm and 4,500 rpm. 0-100 km/h is dealt in 4.8 seconds and top speed is pegged at 266 km/h.

The only petrol engined rival that the Porsche Macan has in India as of now is the Q5 2.0 litre petrol. This petrol fuelled Audi Q5 features direct injection as well as turbocharging and develops 224PS of power between 4,500 rpm and 6,200 rpm and 350Nm of torque between 1,500 rpm and 4,200 rpm. The Audi Q5 2.0 litre petrol is priced at Rs. 43.68 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
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