Porsche’s baby SUV Macan is a total flying machine – 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds never felt so slick…

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There’s something very removed about the driving experience in the Macan. I can’t quite put my finger on it but the car is so smooth and refined you just don’t get the usual Porsche ‘experience’.

Maybe that’s what buyers of an SUV are looking for – I was expecting something more similar to the 911. It’s faultless and powerful but not as engaging as I had hoped.

In ‘sport’ mode things improve dramatically, with extra burble and spit from the four tailpipes. The revs pick up and you suddenly find yourself hammering down a country lane at remarkable speeds.

O-60mph in 4.8 seconds has never felt so slick. The changes from the seven-speed auto gearbox are seamless – it’s a total flying machine. Strange then that the brakes aren’t as good as I anticipated…

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