Porsche is best known for its sports cars, but the 2021 Macan GTS is probably the SUV that most closely mimics those icons. Not only is the GTS-spec Macan’s handling demeanor derived from its low-slung siblings, but it features a cabin that comfortably fits four adults and their luggage. Driving enthusiasts might scoff at the idea of a performance SUV—and they’ve scoffed a lot over the years—but the GTS is undeniably fun to drive and exudes Porsche DNA. Its 375-hp twin-turbo V-6 helped the all-wheel-drive Macan jet to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Its heroic handling also magically hides the SUV’s increased center of gravity. Sure, other V-8-powered rivals like the Jaguar F-Pace SVR and Mercedes-AMG GLC63 are more powerful and faster, but the 2021 Macan GTS feels lighter on its feet. Ultimately, that’s what led us to name it on both our 2021 10Best and Editors’ Choice lists.
What’s new for 2021?
The Macan GTS receives standard Apple CarPlay this year, but that’s it. Otherwise, it rolls into the 2021 model year without any major changes.
Prices and which one to buy
The Macan GTS comes well-equipped with performance goodies right out of the gate, but we think the SUV’s luxury is a bit lacking. So we’d order the Premium Plus package, which includes a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated 14-way adjustable front seats, and a 12-speaker Bose stereo system.
Engine, transmission and performance
Although the base Macan (reviewed separately) can be had with a turbocharged four-cylinder, the performance-oriented Macan GTS unlocks a much more powerful twin-turbo V-6. The engine produces 375 horsepower, helping the GTS deliver an impressive 3.9-second 60 mph time on our test track. Several rivals offer even more power, including the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 which comes with a 469-hp turbocharged V-8. However, despite the disadvantage in power, the Macan GTS feels like the more capable of the two thanks to its sharper handling and more communicative steering. If you’re looking for maximum power and the same cornering agility, Porsche will happily sell you an example of the more expensive Macan Turbo, which we review separately.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The 2021 Macan GTS carries EPA fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. However, on our 75-mph highway fuel economy test, we recorded an impressive 27 mpg. For more information on the Macan GTS’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
While entry-level Macans can be a bit too spartan for their price, the GTS model comes with more goodies like leather upholstery, aluminum trim and heated front seats. Still, those looking for an SUV with a softer cabin may find the Mercedes-AMG GLC-Class more appealing. The Macan GTS is set up for maximum fun, with well-placed controls, good outward visibility, and a comfortable driving position. Its boot isn’t as big as some of its rivals, but when was buying a Porsche ever a rational choice? We fit six panniers in the boot and 16 with the rear seats folded, which should be plenty for most people.
Infotainment and connectivity
Porsche’s infotainment system can be used with all sorts of high-tech features, including standard Apple CarPlay and an optional wireless charging pad. But, as with almost everything on the Macan’s equipment list, the best features cost extra. Upgrading to the 12-speaker Bose sound system adds $990 to the price tag, and the even more powerful 16-speaker Burmester stereo is a whopping $5700. USB ports and 12-volt outlets are scattered throughout the cabin, so driver and passengers should be able to keep their devices fully charged. With the standard mobile Wi-Fi package on board, the family data plan might also escape a road trip unscathed.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
The 2021 Macan GTS can be used with a wide variety of driver assistance technology, but almost none of it is standard. For more information on the Macan’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard lane departure warning
- Available automatic emergency braking
- Adaptive cruise control available
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
Porsche’s warranty coverage is good, but not great. The BMW X3 M and the Jaguar F-Pace SVR offer greater coverage in certain areas.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance covers one year or 10,000 miles
2020 Porsche Macan GTS
front engine, four wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED
$98,160 (base price: $72,650)
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
177 inches32894 cm3
375 hp @ 6700 rpm
383 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
7-speed dual clutch automatic
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.4-inch ventilated, tungsten carbide-coated disc/14.0-in ventilated, tungsten carbide-coated disc
Tires: Michelin Latitude Sport 3, F: 265/40R-21 101Y N2 R: 295/35R-21 103Y N2
Wheelbase: 110.6 inches
Length: 184.5 inches
Width: 76.1 inches
Height: 63.0 inches
Passenger volume: 96 feet3
Cargo volume: 18 feet3
Curb weight: 4468 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.9 sec
100 mph: 10.8 sec
130 mph: 20.5 sec
150 mph: 33.4 sec
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 4.9 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.7 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.6 sec
1/4 mile: 12.6 sec @ 107 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 162 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 155 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 306 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot slide slide: 0.94 g
Stand-start access times allow 1-foot deployment of 0.2 sec. away.
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 20 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 27 mpg
Freeway range: 530 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 19/17/22 mpg
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