Standard electric seat adjustment allows you to tailor the driving position easily; the seat will drop quite low to give you that sports car feel.
It’s not all good news, though. On all but Turbo models, you have to shell out four figures for a comfort package option if you want adjustable lumbar support, which most likely you will; without it, the seat lacks lower back support. There’s also a great bulge in the transmission tunnel that skews your left leg farther over to the right than is ideal.
A colour touchscreen is standard, through which you control all the infotainment functions, while the air-con controls are separate and fairly easy to use once you’ve familiarised yourself with the array of buttons contained on the centre console. 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 information to the navigation map, means you don’t have to rely too heavily on the dash-mounted screen.
Porsche Macan visibility
The 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.
Front and rear parking sensors are standard on all models; this is a great help because that high rear window doesn’t help with judging tight parking spots and it can be tricky to judge where the sloping bonnet ends. A reversing camera is optional.
Porsche Macan infotainment
Sat-nav, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, a USB connection, a 7.0in colour touchscreen and an 11-speaker sound system are standard across the Macan range. Various online services, as well as Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring (so you can use your iPhone via the screen), are also included, but Android Auto is not. Sorry Android users, we’re afraid you’ve been left out.
Turbo models get an upgraded Bose 14-speaker stereo system.
Navigating through the key functions using the touchscreen is mostly straightforward, but some of the icons are relatively small, making them hard to hit on the move. In addition, the screen sometimes takes a moment or two to respond. We certainly prefer the rotary dial interfaces you get in a BMW X3 and Audi Q5 – they’re far less distracting and easier to operate while driving.
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 of opportunity to do so) to make the interior feel worthy of the prestige badge – standard leatherette and Alcantara upholstery should satisfy enough. Only a couple of small areas feel slightly underwhelming, such as the flimsy-feeling flip-down screen that covers the CD slot – this is why the impeccably made Q5 beats it to a top five-star rating.