The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
A standard adjustable steering wheel and eight-way electrically adjustable driver's seat make it easy to tailor your driving position; the seat will drop quite low to give you that sports car feel – it goes lower than the Jaguar F-Pace's and its seating position is more natural than the Audi Q5's. Of course, you can also jack it up if you want a more commanding view.
It’s not all good news, though. There’s a sizeable bulge in the transmission tunnel that forces you to skew your left leg farther over to the right than is ideal. Plus, you have to shell out four figures for the 14-way powered seat option, or even more the 18-way version (standard on the Turbo), if you want adjustable lumbar support. It's worth thinking about this upgrade because you may find lower back support wanting otherwise.
Unlike many manufacturers, Porsche has kept physical buttons for most functions, rather than loading all the features onto a touchscreen. The vast array of buttons might look bewildering a first, but once you're used to their layout, proves less distracting than finding icons on a screen. Meanwhile, a crisp, colour display, which can show everything from audio and trip information to a navigation map, sits alongside clear instruments.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The Macan offers reasonable forward visibility by class standards. Its windscreen pillars are no wider than most rivals' and, despite being comparatively raked back, they don't obscure your view too much at junctions and roundabouts. Fairly large door mirrors also make for a good view for lane changes on the motorway.
Front and rear parking sensors are standard on all models; this is a great help, because the high rear window limits your view of what’s directly behind and it can be tricky to judge where the sloping bonnet ends. A rear-view camera is an affordable option (but it’s a shame it isn't fitted as standard) and a surround-view camera is available. LED headlights provide powerful illumination at night.
Sat nav and infotainment
Sat-nav, a digital radio, Bluetooth, a USB connection, a 10.9in colour touchscreen and a 10-speaker, 150-watt 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 isn't available. The Turbo model adds a 14-speaker, 665-watt Bose stereo.
The large screen is certainly more user-friendly than the tiddly 7.0in screen of the pre-facelift car. Its graphics are also sharp and the system responds quickly to inputs. However, the menus take some getting used to because they're so heavily layered, and some icons are too small to accurately hit on the move. Besides, we maintain that rotary dial-controlled systems, such as BMW’s iDrive in the X3, are easier and safer to use while driving.
Porsche makes some of the finest interiors around, and it hasn’t cut corners with the Macan. The materials generally feel very high-quality and are well-assembled throughout, although the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 are right up there, too – perhaps even exceeding the Macan in one or two areas.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on optional leather upgrades (although there are plenty of opportunities to splash your cash on personalisation options throughout the interior) to make the Macan feel worthy of its prestige badge; the standard leatherette and Alcantara upholstery should satisfy. Turbo trim feels even plusher with full leather trim and an Alcantara headlining.
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