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Porsche Macan SUV - Reliability & safety

The Macan is big on safety and Porsche has a strong record for reliability

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4.3 out of 5

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Porsche is known for building high-performance cars that are also robust and dependable in the long run – a tricky combination to pull off. Customer service is generally very good, although servicing costs are high and repair costs may be a concern once the standard warranty has expired. The Macan was the first Porsche model to be crash-tested by Euro NCAP and it passed with flying colours, scoring the maximum five out of five stars.

Porsche Macan reliability

The Macan didn't feature in our Driver Power 2022 owner satisfaction survey, but Porsche proved itself emphatically, coming top of the manufacturers poll. Owners raved about the build quality of its models, and even servicing was ranked highly out of 29 brands – far from the stereotype of being a rip-off. The Macan’s interior feels well-built and the controls feel precise and satisfying to use. The car also uses many VW Group parts shared with other models, so there should be no nasty surprises in store for owners.

Safety

The Macan is the first Porsche to have been crash-tested by Euro NCAP – an indication of the high volume of sales expected for this model (Porsche sold more Macans in 2018 than the Porsche 911, Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman combined). It achieved the maximum five-star overall rating, plus scores of 88% for adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupant protection, 60% for pedestrian protection and 66% for safety assistance – pretty impressive across the board.

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As standard, the car comes with electronic stability control and numerous airbags. You can also choose to fit additional safety features, such as lane-keeping assistance (which gently keeps the car in its lane) and a blind-spot warning system. Other useful equipment includes active cruise control (which can match the speed of the car in front) and a road-sign recognition system that can display roadside information on the dashboard.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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