With the Macan, Porsche drills into lower-priced, smaller-sized SUV territory--in direct conflict with some of its corporate cousins and some established players.
The Audi Q5 is both of those things: it's near the end of its life cycle, but has lovely lines and a solid, quick-footed appeal that's sure to carry over to the new model coming in 2016.
BMW's X3 has grown into a more mid-sized proposition, but twin-turbo six-cylinder models are amazingly quick, and despite the size, the X3 feels nimble, even with all-wheel drive.
The Infiniti QX70 is the former FX, and its tortoise-like shape is entirely subverted by its effortlessly quick V-8, which is also unfortunately rather thirsty.
And though it's a size class larger than the Macan, the Mercedes M-Class is more of an all-around player, with a frugal diesel edition and a blazing ML63 AMG range-topper.
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