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Porsche Macan review - design

One of the more attractive SUVs on sale, and it’s ageing well. Plenty of personalisation potential

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  • Still looks good and drives well despite its advancing years
  • Quite heavy, absence of a diesel model harms running costs

For a shape that hasn’t fundamentally changed since 2014 – we’re still on the first generation of Macan, albeit a few light facelifts down the line – the Macan remains one of the more attractive cars in its segment. For a car built on the same platform as Audi’s Q5 you’d not know it by looking, and the application of Porsche design sensibilities has been far more successful here than it was on the first two generations of Cayenne, and arguably even the current Cayenne.

The most recent facelift gave the Macan a full-width rear light element, now matching several other cars in the range, though the ghost of the original separate lamps remains at either side. Porsche has kept the details relatively simple though, and it’s to the shape’s credit, as the car is instantly recognisable as a member of the family.

Like the cabin, there are a few things you can do to personalise the Macan’s exterior, one of which being a large range of alloy wheel designs. We’d perhaps steer away from the body-colour options, and the very largest sets that make the car look a bit too much like a Hot Wheels model, but some of the more tasteful sets can work well combined with the Macan’s various paint options.

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