What is it like on the inside?
Here’s where the Macan extends its lead over the likes of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Jaguar F-Pace. Its cabin is more expensive. Its materials are exemplary. 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.
WHAT’S NEW FOR THE MOST RECENT MACAN UPDATE?
Up front, you’ve now got a much bigger, crisper touchscreen to use. It’s now 12.9 inches, possesses all the latest Porsche widgets and connectivity, and while fiddly at first, it’s a fine system once you’ve sussed it out. Apple CarPlay works seamlessly and we like the wireless phone charger that clamps your phone sideways under the armrest, so it’s out of sight and distraction range while charging, but also doesn’t take up a whole cubby’s worth of stowage.
Porsche has now transplanted the Cayenne/Panamera glass console into the Macan. We always liked the physical buttons for their tactility, but it was starting to look dated and a Macan not draped in optional extras always had too many blanked-off buttons inside. The new look is less fussy and the tap-buttons work reasonably well.
If anything, this contemporary console only serves to date the instruments, which now look old-hat (much as we love analogue dials). The digi-dial to the right now seems blocky and laggy, and the whole section could do with borrowing the 911 or Taycan’s multi-screen cockpit. Carryover switchgear like the cheapo indicator stalks really clash with the dense, expensive paddleshifters next door. In some areas this is too obviously the most attainable, ‘ordinary’ Porsche.
IS IT PRACTICAL?
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 no performance SUVs of this size offer that. It’d be one too many contradictions in a single car.