New Porsche Macan vs Jaguar F-Pace

A revamp for Porsche’s Macan sports SUV means it’s all set for a fresh shootout with the Jaguar F-Pace. Which is the better buy?...

Jaguar F-Pace rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

In the front, the Macan certainly feels snugger than the F-Pace. Yes, there’s more head room in the Macan (due to the space-sapping optional panoramic sunroof fitted to our F-Pace test car), but a bulge in the transmission tunnel pushes the driver’s left leg farther over to the right than is ideal, while thick side pillars inhibit visibility.

Porsche Macan rear seats

It’s the same in the rear seats. While passengers can stretch out in the rear of the F-Pace, the Macan is much tighter; if you’re more than 6ft tall, you’ll probably have your knees pressed up against the scalloped front seatbacks. 

The rear seatbacks split and fold in a flexible 40/20/40 configuration in both, lying almost flush with the boot floor. Although they can accommodate the same number of carry-on cases (eight), there’s more room left over in the F-Pace’s longer boot and it has a much smaller lip at its entrance. On the other hand, loading the Macan is easier in some ways, because it sits closer to the ground and can be lowered further via a boot-mounted button for the optional air suspension.

Jaguar F-Pace boot

F-Pace’s boot is longer than the Macan’s and the aperture is wider.  There’s also more leg room front and rear, but head room is poor with an optional panoramic roof fitted. The interior still feels more airy than the Macan’s, though.

Boot 650-1740 litres  Suitcases 8

Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan boot

The Macan is a little narrow in the rear, so space is tight for three sitting abreast. Rear leg room is poor, too; lanky passengers will find their knees pressed against the front seatback if they’re sitting behind someone equally tall.

Boot 500-1550 litres  Suitcases 8

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