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Porsche Macan

8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Porsche Macan

£46,913£68,530

On the inside

Layout, finish and space

Here’s where the Macan extends its lead over newcomers like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Jaguar F-Pace. Its cabin is almost embarrassingly more expensive. Materials are exemplary, with far fewer varied finishes than you’d find in a BMW X3. It’s more solidly put together than a Mercedes GLC too.

Very few Macan buyers will push the limits of its uncanny handling, but plenty will be swayed by the designer label ambience of this cabin. And the basics, like a decent glovebox, hidden stowage cubbies and comfortable, supportive seats are all catered for.

Up front, you’ve now got a much bigger, crisper touchscreen to use. At 12.3 inches across, it’s a big one – and standard equipment, too – with its slightly fiddly interface inherited from the bigger Cayenne and Panamera models. It’ll sync easily up to smartphones if that worries you.

What doesn’t filter down from above is Porsche’s more screen-based, haptic-feedback switchgear, the Macan preferring two rows of physical buttons on the centre tunnel. Feelings on this are mixed among the TG team, so try before you buy to see which camp you fall into.

Some like how much less acclimatisation a bunch of physical switches asks compared to more screens, others find a wealth of buttons distracting at speed. Given just how many different modes and options you’ll get in a GTS or Turbo, it might all prove a bit discombobulating. Good job the main drive modes – Normal, Sport and Sport Plus – are all neatly collected together in a rotary dial on the steering wheel.

Rear space is adult-friendly. Despite the Macan’s clever styling (which hides its bulk with a slightly dipping roofline) it’s plenty roomy for a family, with a big boot out back too – 500 litres with all five seats up, and triple that in seats-down van mode. There is no seven-seat option, but very few performance SUVs offer that. It’d be one too many contradictions in one car.

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