Porsche Macan review - The SUV that wants to be a sports car - Interior and tech

Still the most exciting sports SUV

Evo rating
Price
from £45,915
  • PDK gearbox, steering feel, hides its size
  • Expensive options, still not as fun as a performance estate

Interior and tech

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. It's one way of breaking free from all the darkness, but another way is by opting for the sporty GTS models, which throw in some neat red detailing (including the large central rev counter) and liberal use of Alcantara trim, which really lifts the feel of the cabin.

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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). 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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