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2017-2018 Macan – Manual

2017-2018 Macan – Manual

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Off-Road Driving

This section explains the special benefits offered by the vehicle in off-road driving.

Before you use the vehicle for off-road driving:

  • Read through this section carefully.

Porsche recommends practicing on less rugged terrain.

High level stresses on vehicle components
Grains of sand, dirt particles and other abrasive materials can enter vehicle components such as the brakes during off-road driving. These can cause excessive wear or unpredictable braking action, leading to accidents or vehicle damage.

  • Have regular professional inspections and service carried out on your vehicle.


Risk of damage. Front, rear and side skirts are painted on vehicles with the SportDesign package.

  • When driving off-road, make sure these parts are not damaged.
  • Make sure there is sufficient clearance between obstacles and the underside of the vehicle.
  • Avoid driving through water.
  • Do not use side skirts as a running board.

Observing the rules for off-road driving

  • Always bear in mind the vehicle’s ground clearance.
  • Switch on off-road mode before starting to drive off-road.
  1. Please see chapter "Off-Road Mode" on page 187.
  • Stow or fasten luggage and loads securely.
  1. Please see chapter "Stowing loads" on page 301.
  • If unknown terrain is obscured from view, examine it on foot first and drive with extreme caution so that obstacles can be detected at an early stage.
  • Always drive with the engine running. Power steering is active only with the engine running.
  • Drive slowly and consistently.
  • Always make sure that the wheels are touching the ground.
  • Before driving through water, check the water depth, the condition of the surface beneath it and the flow speed of the water.
  • Look out for obstacles, such as boulders, holes, tree stumps or channels.
  • Always keep the Panoramic roof system and side windows closed while driving.
  • Do not deviate from marked routes or paths.
  • Respect nature. Always obey off-limits signs.

Getting to know driving systems for off-road driving

Specially adapted driving programs or powertransmission and chassis control systems are available for off-road driving:

  1. Off-road PTM
  2. Off-road PTV Plus (depending on vehicle equipment)
  3. Off-road PSM
  4. Off-road ABS
  1. Please see ransmission and Chassis Control Systems" on page 234.

Preparing for off-road driving

Check wheels and tires

  • Check tread depth and inflation pressure of tires.
  • Check for damage and remove any foreign objects (e.g. stones) from the tread.
  • Replace missing valve caps.
  • Replace dented or damaged wheels before driving off-road.

Inspecting the vehicle after offroad driving

Off-road driving is harder on the vehicle than normal driving on roads. Porsche recommends that you inspect the vehicle after off-road driving. Potential damage poses an accident risk and impairs driving comfort. Damage to the vehicle can be recognized in good time if the vehicle is checked.

Damage to the vehicle
Vehicle damage poses an accident risk for the vehicle occupants and other road users.

  • If in doubt, have your vehicle checked at an authorized Porsche dealer.
  • Examine tires for signs of damage, such as cuts, tears, bulges or foreign objects in the tread and replace if necessary.
  • Have any damage to your vehicle repaired without delay. Visit an authorized Porsche dealer. Porsche recommends an authorized Porsche dealer, as they have trained technicians and the necessary parts and tools.

When checking the vehicle, always remember the following:

  • Switch off-road mode off.
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