Porsche has been in the business of creating cars for 90 years and a lot of what comes out of their stable are performance cars. More recently, Porsche branched out and expanded its reach by including SUVs in its portfolio. So, what makes a Porsche SUV so special and set apart from all others?
Let’s have a look at the SUVs offered by this premium German brand.
The first SUV to be introduced by Porsche was the Cayenne, back in 2003. It set tongues wagging as this was a step in a different direction from the performance car manufacturer – they were offering an SUV with Porsche badging and engineering. Back then, it was the Cayenne’s V8 engine that aroused car and none-car enthusiasts with its sonorous bark. A first for the brand since the Porsche 928 V8 in 1995.
Since then, Porsche has continued to refine the Cayenne, now in its 3rd generation and it’s now offered in a standard SUV variant as well as a coupe version. Both vehicles have a stunning design and picking one between the two would be a difficult task. The Porsche Cayenne is offered with a variety of engine configurations – there’s a 2.9-litre and a 3.0 litre V6, and of course, you still get the famous V8 with 4.0-litre pots to cook up your favourite soundtrack. In a bid to offer exciting sports cars and reduce its carbon footprint, Porsche also offers these engines in hybrid form.
Since the Cayenne was introduced, the German manufacturer has added a second SUV to their range, and it’s called the Macan. It’s smaller than its older sibling, but equally premium and carries performance in its blood. Porsche’s intention with the Mecan was to give customers an SUV combined with a sports car. It’s available in two spec grades, a Macan Turbo and a Mecan GTS. The latest version of the Macan has been updated with new bumpers and subtle design upgrades. One of the most notable styling upgrades in this car is the combination rear lamp, spanning the entire width of the boot. Beneath that, the new Porsche Macan now comes with four exhaust pipes, except for the entry-level variant which has a single pipe on each side.
There are two engines to choose from in the Porsche Macan range, a mild 2.0l four-cylinder petrol engine in the entry-level model, as well as the V6 2.9l unit in the Macan S and the GTS. The 2.9 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds, while the 3.0 GTS will do the same sprint in 4.5 seconds.
Porsche SUV interiors are still very much Porsche and share a large amount of blueprint with their compact performance car stablemates. One thing you’re likely to find in a Porsche is their iconic analogue clock, which adds a classy touch to the vehicle. You’ll be glad to know that Porsche has given even the Macan the analogue clock treatment.
With the Porsche Cayenne and the Macan in the range, there is a Porsche to suit every need. What makes them special is that in a world flooded with SUV’s, Porsche offers you the opportunity to own an SUV with the Porsche badge and lineage. It doesn’t get more exclusive than that.
|Vehicle||Average Fuel consumption||Engine specs||Starting price New|
|Porsche Cayenne||9.2 l/100km||3.0 V6 petrol||R 1 451 000|
|2.0 i4 petrol|
2.9 V6 petrol
|R 1 559 000|