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Porsche Macan review - interior and tech

Cabin design now looks dated next to those of more recent Porsches, but comfort and quality are still high and the tech is useable

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from £46,913
  • Still looks good and drives well despite its advancing years
  • Quite heavy, absence of a diesel model harms running costs

There’s no doubt that the Macan’s interior feels a cut above those of its rivals, but thanks to widespread use of the colour black, it can still be a fairly dour and Germanic place to be depending on which model you're looking at.

Fit and finish is very good, while the ability to customise the Macan’s interior fairly extensively ensures that those who are looking for something special will find it here, albeit at a cost. With tan, red and light grey trim options in all models, it's one way of breaking free from all the darkness, while the more in-depth Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur options can really bring a bit of life to the cabin.

Most technology packs are cost options, but lately Porsche has improved its in-car tech so it no longer lags rival systems from BMW, Audi or Mercedes (and it's still better than the versions you'll find in Jaguar's F-Pace or the Alfa Stelvio). The centre console can feel a little button-heavy, but for some this will still be preferable to accessing important functions through a touchscreen.

The Macan boasts 1500 litres of luggage space with its rear seats folded, 100 litres down on an X3. It is, however, a better shape, so the available space will be easier to utilise. There's decent space for passengers front and rear, but a Cayenne will seat four or five in greater comfort. The Macan's driving position is excellent however, being more similar to that of a 911 than most SUVs seem to manage.

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