It is not every day that you get to test-drive your Christmas present before you receive it. That is what Anthony Yong’s wife, Siow Yin Yin, did last December when she road-tested two cars he had chosen, while he sat in the back. A second practice run confirmed what they already knew: the Porsche Macan S was the car for the family. They put in an order that same day.
The sporty Macan S is one of six variants of the five-door compact SUV model, and features distinctive recessed headlights and sideblades referencing the marque’s super sports car 918 Spyder. It made the cut not just for its good looks, but also because it offers safety and stability, two key criteria for the couple as they have two children, a 13-year-old son and an eight-year- old daughter. “The Porsche Macan S is comfortable and makes the family feel safe during drives because it’s sturdy, with good braking and handling. I feel secure with the kids inside,” says Anthony.
Curiously, Yin Yin does not like big SUVs, but “the Macan S feels more like a sedan to her”, says Anthony. “It’s very comfortable and has the taller view and sturdier control of an SUV. It was a combination of these factors that made the car attractive to her.”
Anthony and Yin Yin also liked the roomy trunk, which has “lots of space for shopping and items needed for family road trips”. As a gauge, two pieces of check-in luggage and two pieces of carry-on luggage will fit in easily.
Specifically for Anthony, who owns several supercars, horsepower is prime. So he appreciates the Macan S’s 340hp. “Its cruising speed is much faster, but it remains very stable.” He is also unabashedly thrilled by the car’s top speed of 254km/h and acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4sec (5.2sec with the Sport Plus button).