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The Porsche Macan compact SUV will cost from £43,300 in the UK – and Porsche dealers are taking orders for the new model NOW.

Deliveries of the three-model Macan range start in April 2014 and MR has the essential info on all three variants.

The range opens with the £43,300 Macan S, a 3.0-litre biturbo V6 model that produces 340hp.

That petrol V6 only averages 32.5mpg, though: if you need more, Porsche also offers a Macan S Diesel, packing a 258hp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. That can do 46.3mpg… and retails for the same £43,300 sum.

However, given how eager Porsche is to bill the Macan as the sportiest compact SUV on sale, the range-topping Macan Turbo will be the only model some have eyes on.

This model boasts a 3.6-litre biturbo V6 that’s good for 400hp and, if you choose the Sport Chorno pack, 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds (the MR data set picks out the standard model though, which does it in 4.8 seconds). Price? £59,300.

So how does this compare to the car it’s derived from, Audi’s Q5? Well, that starts at £31,245, but that’s for a relatively weedy 150hp 2.0-litre TDI. The 245hp 3.0-litre V6 starts from £37,980: the Macan’s more expensive, then, but perhaps not by as much as some thought.

(Audi does offer a 313hp 3.0-litre V6 BiTurbo, though, for £44,055…)

The Range Rover Evoque? Again, that starts at £29,200 but, at the moment, it isn’t actually comparable with the Macan (the entry car is a 150hp 2WD Pure model). Its most powerful motor is the 240hp Si4: that costs from £40,510 as a Dynamic, or £44,935 in Dynamic LUX guise.

So, in a sense, the Porsche has this exclusive end of the compact SUV market all to itself for now…

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