Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

1 August 2014

South Africa: Porsche Macan Diesel S - More Sport Than Utility

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The new Porsche Macan manages what many so-called sport utility vehicles don't: deliver a driving experience that's unequivocally sporty, despite also offering space for family and luggage. But is it sporty enough to wear the Porsche badge with pride? DEON SCHOEMAN finds out in a rain-drenched Cape of Storms.

The rain is coming down in sheets, turning the view through the windscreen a watery white while the windscreen wipers manfully try to move at least some of the water off the glass. Through the side windows, I see angry rivers of water pouring down the ravines of the surrounding mountains.

Coming as I have from a brown, dry and dusty Highveld, where the closest thing to moisture is the morning frost on a hay-hued lawn, the deluge is both a welcome distraction and cause for concern: with so much water on the road, traction will be compromised, even on the well-tended tar of the N1

But our steed seems unflustered by the conditions. From where I'm sitting, ensconced in a bolstered, form-hugging seat, with a large rev counter dominating the instrument cluster, and a small, thick-rimmed steering wheel tugging in squirming ever so slightly in my hands, the car feels...

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