The Macan’s an SUV that is huge fun to drive and feels posh inside, but it’s not as roomy inside as other SUVs and can cost a lot to run
Its cabin looks good, but its button-heavy centre console doesn’t feel as slick or as modern as what you’ll find in a comparable Audi or Mercedes. Thankfully, everything feels plush and almost as sturdy as the rock-solid Q5.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of its infotainment system. Compared to Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display, Porsche’s relatively low-resolution seven-inch screen feels a bit old-fashioned. It’s not as easy to use as BMW’s iDrive system either.
At least you’ll have no trouble getting comfortable in the front – there’s plenty of headroom and the driver’s seat comes with eight-way adjustment as standard, but room in the back is significantly more cramped than in a Mercedes GLC or a Volvo XC60. Passengers over six-foot tall will struggle for knee and shoulder room and the large lump in the floor makes carrying three abreast fairly uncomfortable.
You’ll struggle to find somewhere to put a large drinks bottle, too. The Macan’s door bins are only large enough for a small bottle and the glovebox isn’t exactly cavernous either. The storage bin under the armrest is just about big enough for a couple of phones but the cupholders beside it aren’t particularly wide.
The boot trails other posh German SUVs in the practicality stakes. You can carry 500 litres of luggage with five seats in place – 50 less than the Q5, X3 and GLC – and it’s a similar story with the back seats folded. There’s enough space in its flat 1,500-litre load bay for a bike with its wheels attached but the Audi, BMW and Mercedes can all carry slightly more.
The Macan’s smaller, smarter and even better to drive than the bigger Cayenne – just don’t expect its options list to be any more affordable…
You can get the Macan with one diesel and three petrol engines. The basic model’s 2.0-litre petrol – that’ll really return around 30mpg compared to Porsche’s claimed 38.7mpg – will be best for pottering around town. Pick a diesel model if you do lots of motorway miles – it’ll return approximately 35mpg in normal driving and has plenty of poke for overtaking slower traffic.
If you want something faster then have a look at a Macan Turbo. This top-end petrol model leaps from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds thanks to a 400hp V8 engine. Turbo models come with Porsche’s £816 optional adaptive suspension as standard – it’s worth adding to whichever model you buy because it helps the Macan iron out bumps in the road better than the standard suspension. You can also get a £1,044 air suspension system that’s even more comfortable, but it’s still not quite as relaxing as an Audi Q5.
All models come with a slick seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard which helps make long journeys as stress-free as possible. Wind and tyre noise are mostly muted too, even on the motorway.
Euro NCAP awarded the Macan an impressive five-star safety rating in 2014. The tests have been made much stricter since then, however, so newer five-star cars – such as the Audi Q5 – will offer slightly more protection in a crash.