The Macan’s cabin looks great and feels plush but it’s not particularly spacious in the back
The Macan might be the baby SUV in Porsche’s range but its cabin feels just as upmarket as the larger Cayenne’s. Loads of leather and plenty of cold-to-the-touch metal pieces make it feel plusher than the likes of the BMW X3 and the thin, three-spoke steering wheel and dashboard-mounted clock come straight out of the 911’s sports-car playbook.
Two neat banks of switches flank the Macan’s gearlever, but unless you fork out for lots of expensive options you’ll be left looking at a sea of blank plastic inserts that remind you what you didn’t pay for.
The Macan’s raised centre console and high windows make it feel sportier than most large SUVs – just like the similarly athletic Jaguar F-Pace’s interior. Thankfully it never feels too claustrophobic. Even range-topping Turbo models with their dark suede-like Alcantara roof lining feel spacious inside.
The seven-inch touchscreen infotainment screen is slightly disappointing, however.It just looks much more old fashioned than the slick Virtual Cockpit system you get in an Audi Q5 and isn’t as easy to use as BMW’s intuitive iDrive system.
All models get electrically adjustable front seats as standard but you’ll need to pick a high-spec GTS if you want sports seats, or a Turbo version for extra adjustable lumbar support to help reduce back-ache on long journeys.
There are plenty of optional extras to choose from to personalise your Macan but the price of some items will leave you speechless – leather-trimmed air vents, for example, will set you back a colossal £1,044.
Sitting in the Macan feels like being in a Porsche 911 sports car on the back of a pickup truck – you get all its luxurious, sporty features with the benefit of a great view out
All Macans come with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard. The central screen’s bright and relatively easy to read on the move but it isn’t as sharp or as clear as the high-resolution displays you’ll find in an Audi Q5 or BMW X3.
You get a handy selection of physical shortcut buttons so you can quickly jump between key features without taking your eyes off the road. It’s not the most responsive system out there, however, and there’s no handy scroll wheel on the centre console – like you get in a BMW, Audi or Mercedes. Entering a postcode for the standard satellite navigation system is a tad fiddly too, but once you’re on the move the directions are easy to follow thanks to a small screen next to the rev counter.
Thankfully, all Macans come with Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring as standard so you can use your iPhone’s navigation and music streaming apps instead of Porsche’s built-in systems. You can’t get the Macan with Android Auto, but you can wirelessly connect non-Apple devices using the standard Bluetooth connection instead.
All Macans come with a fairly punchy 11 speaker stereo but range-topping Turbos get an upgraded Bose unit with 14 speakers and a subwoofer for a little extra bass. You can get this system on Diesel, S and GTS versions for an extra £834 and it’s very nearly as good as the (much more expensive) £3,359 Burmester stereo.