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Porsche Macan review - design

It can look a little clumsy in some specifications, but choose well and it’ll still turn heads

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from £46,913
  • Powertrains; poise; the Porsche badge…
  • It’s not dated, but perhaps a bit too familiar?

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 has been far more successful here than it was on the first two generations of Cayenne, and we’d argue the current Cayenne, too.

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The most recent facelift has been very subtle, with changes to the front and rear bumpers. This built on the 2018 update which brought in a full-width rear light element, now matching several other cars in the range. 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 an extended range of new alloy wheels. Amongst the new designs, customers can also order them in body-colour or contrasting gold, all of which we recommend in fierce retaliation of the industry’s current obsession with black wheels. 

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