Standard electric seat adjustment allows you to tailor the driving position just so; the seat will drop quite low to give you that sports car feel.
The headrest can also be tilted forwards and backwards slightly, as well as adjusted for height, and the seatbelt can also be adjusted for height. It’s only a shame that (on all but Turbo models) you have to shell out four figures for a comfort package option if you want adjustable lumbar support.
A colour touch-screen is standard, through which you control all the audio functions, while air-con controls are separate, and easy to use. A crisp, colour readout that sits in one of the circular dials in the driver’s binnacle, and which can show everything from audio and trip info to the navigation map, means that you don’t have to rely too heavily on the dash-mounted screen.
Porsche Macan visibility
The Porsche Macan offers good visibility by class standards – the windscreen pillars are no wider than most, and despite being comparatively raked back, they rarely obscure your view out at junctions and roundabouts. Fairly large door mirrors also make for a good view for lane-changes on the motorway, although they can occasionally get in the way of your forward view.
The Macan comes with front and rear parking sensors as standard on all models, which is a great help, because that high rear window doesn’t help with judging tight parking spots, and it can also be tricky to judge where the sloping bonnet ends. A reversing camera is optional.
Porsche Macan infotainment
DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connection, a colour touchscreen and an 11 speaker sound system are standard across the Macan range. You have to pay extra for sat-nav on all but the Turbo, however. You’ll also be paying a fair bit extra for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Most buyers will choose to add the sat-nav (dubbed Porsche Communication Management), which also includes a 40GB hard drive for you to store music on, although the system is expensive. Thankfully, Turbo models get the sat-nav and hard drive as standard, plus an upgraded, 14-speaker stereo system.
Navigating through the key functions using the touch-screen is easy enough, but some of the icons are relatively small, making them hard to press precisely on the move, and the screen sometimes takes a moment or two to respond.
Porsche Macan build quality
Porsche makes some of the finest interiors around, and it hasn’t cut corners with the Macan, which features high-quality, well-assembled materials.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on optional leather upgrades (although there’s plenty opportunity to do so) to make the interior feel worthy of the prestige badge – standard leatherette and Alcantara upholstery should satisfy. The only area that feels a little disappointing is a flimsy-feeling flip-down screen that covers the CD slot.