2024 Porsche Macan EV Review: First Drive

Kunal D’souza
by Kunal D’souza
Although they share a name, the new Porsche Macan EV is not built on the same platform as gas-powered Macans.

Porsche didn’t cut any corners when it came time to design its first EV. The Taycan was fresh, innovative and above all a Porsche. It introduced an 800-volt architecture, super-fast charging speeds, and breathtaking performance. The lessons learned after selling over 150,000 of them in just a few years have in no small part played a major influence on the brand's second EV—the new Macan.

You can still buy a gas Macan, which is the one we’ve known since Porsche started selling it in 2014, but there’s no word on how much longer you can do that. The electric Macan is a completely different vehicle that shares more with the Taycan than it does with the old gas version.

2024 Porsche Macan EV Quick Take

Porsche has introduced the brand’s second all-electric vehicle, the Macan EV. Despite having the same model name, the regular Macan and Macan EV have very little in common. The all-electric version of the SUV is based on a new platform that will be shared by Audi.

Incredibly powerful, especially the Turbo trim, we head to France to see if the Macan EV retains that certain Porsche feeling, or has the electrification of Porsche’s baby SUV dulled the experience?

What’s New for 2024: Everything

The electric Macan is based on the new Premium platform electric (PPE). PPE was co-developed with Audi to underpin a variety of electric vehicles that will span different segments. The Macan is the first one based on this new architecture. It’s an 800-volt platform and uses dual permanently excited synchronous motors with hairpin windings. That means you get more consistent power and torque production with higher efficiency. And an 800-volt system can be charged much faster and requires thinner and lighter wiring reducing weight.

The electric Macan is bigger than the gasoline version with an additional 3.4-inches (86 mm) of wheelbase providing a more spacious cabin, especially for rear seat passengers. Two trims, Macan 4 and Macan Turbo will kick things off. Each will get two motors, a 100 kWh (95 kWh usable) battery pack, and a standard new air suspension system. The Turbo gets a bigger motor on the rear axle, in fact it’s the biggest one Porsche makes and the same one from the new Taycan Turbo GT. It also uses the same silicon-carbide infused 900-ampere pulse inverter to make a total of 630 hp and 833 lb-ft of torque when using launch control. The Macan 4 has to make do with a measly 402 hp and 479 torques. Ok, so that’s still a lot.

Exterior Style: Seriously Slippery

Aerodynamics play a big role in the Macan EV's exterior design. The new SUV still retains a recognizable Porsche look.

There’s a lot more work to making an EV as efficient as possible and a major one is aerodynamics. The more easily a vehicle is able to slice through the air, the less the motors have to work which results in real world mileage gains. The new Macan has a completely sealed underbody, variable cooling flaps in the bumpers, special wheel designs, and even an adaptive rear spoiler to help generate a drag coefficient of just 0.25. That crushes the gas Macan’s 0.35 and is enough to net an additional 53 miles (85 km) of range, at least that’s what Porsche tells us. Total range is up to 381 miles (613 km) for the Macan 4, and up to 367 miles (591km) for the Turbo but that’s according to WLTP testing which is optimistic to say the least. Expect actual ranges 30-60 miles (50-100 km) less than that in the real world.

Powertrain and Battery: Advanced Tech, Replaceable Battery

Two versions of the Macan EV will be available at launch. The entry level Macan 4 EV and the more powerful Macan Turbo EV

Electric vehicles that are based on an 800-volt architecture require a high-voltage booster to charge at a 400-volt station. Most of the fast-charging stations still use 400-volt technology so it’s an important piece of equipment to have on board. Yet the new Macan doesn’t have one, which saves weight. Instead, it has a high-voltage switch that splits the 800-volt battery into two 400-volt halves and allows them to be charged in parallel at a rate of up to 135kW. Charging speeds of up to 270 kW can be achieved with more powerful 800-volt chargers which will allow a Macan to charge from 10 to 80 per cent in just 21 minutes.

The new battery pack is made up of 12 replaceable modules which make it easier to repair when it’s faulty or malfunctioning instead of having to replace the entire pack. It’s a nod towards sustainability but also makes it more cost-effective to fix.

Handling and Drivability: Still the Sports Car of SUVs

Although gas-powered versions are still more fun to drive, the Macan EV does a good job keeping drivers engaged

It just wouldn’t be right if the Macan lost its athletic and dynamic character. It was considered one of the more fun to drive SUVs on the market so the electric Macan needs to make the same impression despite weighing nearly 1000 lbs more. Yes, EV battery packs are heavy but they sit low in the chassis which lowers the centre of gravity. The Macan also has optional rear-wheel steering that makes it feel somewhat nimble at lower speeds and it’s blessed with an excellent steering rack.

The Macan Turbo is the athlete of the two with a slightly stiffer ride and quicker responses. It’s eager to turn in with the rear following in unison and staying nice and flat through even the squiggliest of mountain passes. There’s near unlimited reserves of stick from the tires and the brakes offer prodigious stopping power. Yup, it’s still a Macan and it still handles really well but I felt like I had a bigger smile on my face behind the wheel of the old one, which felt smaller and more agile. On paper the electric Macan is superior in every way and when it comes to acceleration it’s in another league altogether. The base Macan 4 is more than quick enough with a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds (0-100 km/h just over 5 seconds). But the Turbo feels like it launches with the force of a gamma ray burst. A sprint to 60 mph from rest arrives in just 3.1seconds (100 km/h in 3.3 seconds) and it will keep accelerating till it reaches its top speed of 160 mph (260 km/h).

Interior Style and Quality: Taycan-Inspired Cabin

The interior of the Macan EV is very familiar, with design elements coming form the Taycan and 911.

The cabin is a mix of 911 and Taycan. Knurled metal toggle switches on the centre console add some tactile control to the otherwise screen-intensive cabin. There’s a new 10.9-inch passenger screen, and a 12.6-inch curved instrument cluster screen along with a 10.9-inch main centre screen. A vivid new head-up display can show augmented-reality navigation instructions and is crystal clear even with sunglasses on.

The driving position is spot on and the new Android-based OS is the best iteration of Porsche’s infotainment software. The google maps-based navigation was especially adept in navigating us through the confusing labyrinth of French roads and roundabouts. And as usual the materials, quality, and attention to detail are as good as it gets in the industry. It’s an expensive vehicle, but more importantly it feels expensive.

Value Dollars and Sense: Can Get Pricey

Careful with optioning up a Macan EV as the pricing can escalate quite quickly.

There’s a significant premium to pay for the electric Macan. In the United States, the Macan 4 starts at $80,450 including destination charges. For the Macan Turbo, pricing begins at $106,95, once again including destination charges.

In Canada, the Macan 4 starts at $99,300 and the Macan Turbo is $125,300 before adding any options. And those options aren’t cheap. Rear-wheel steering, for example, is $2320; the augmented reality head-up display is $2880. You can get optional 22-inch wheels, the largest ever offered on Macan but they’ll run you $4000. Our Turbo tester had over $25,000 worth of extras, almost enough to buy a new Honda Civic.

2024 Porsche Macan EV: Final Thoughts

A yellow 2024 Porsche Macan Turbo EV sitting by the water on a nice sunny day.

The gas Macan served as the lowest-priced entry to the Porsche brand which no doubt netted them many new customers that might have never considered one before. The electric Macan now moves firmly into Porsche 911/Taycan pricing territory and while it’s a luxury product we would love to see a cheaper single-motor version added to the lineup. For those that are willing to wait a bit longer, the upcoming Audi Q6 etron is based on the same chassis and will likely start at a lower price.

The new electric Macan is on sale now with deliveries expected in the second half of the year.




No Single Motor Version

Fun to Drive

Options Pricing

Charge Speeds

Gas Macan Still More Fun

2024 Porsche Macan EV FAQs

  • Q: How much is the Porsche Macan EV?
  • A: The new EV will start at $80,450 in the United States, or $99,300 in Canada
  • Q: What is the range of the Porsche Macan EV?
  • A: Depending on trim, it can travel 376-381 miles (591-613 km) on a single charge
  • Q: Does the Macan Change for 2024?
  • A: Although the gas-powered version isn't all that different, there is the all-new Macan EV.


Dual Motors


402-630 hp / 479-833 lb-ft of torque


All-Wheel Drive


Single-Speed Automatic

Driving Range:

367-381 miles / 591-613 km

0-60 MPH

3.1-4.9 seconds

0-100 KM/H

3.3-5.1 seconds

Starting Price Macan 4 Electric USA:

$80,450 (incl dest)

Starting Price Macan 4 Electric Canada:

$99,300 (incl dest)

Starting Price Macan Turbo Electric USA:

$106,950 (incl dest)

Starting Price Macan Turbo Electric Canada:

$125,300 (incl dest)

Kunal D’souza
Kunal D’souza

From the moment he set his four year old eyes on a brand new red BMW convertible, Kunal was a car enthusiast for life. Now he writes about them professionally and travels the world in the quest of the best stories, whether it’s Porsches in Spain or Rams in Texas and anything in between. Kunal has never owned a car with an automatic transmission, if that counts for anything.

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  • Poor Boy Poor Boy on Apr 23, 2024

    If elecrification means the "single speed" transmission, I totally agree.

  • Doc423 Doc423 on Apr 23, 2024

    Electrifying ANY car is a travesty to that car's brand, especially Porsche.