Porsche Macan SUV - Interior & comfort
The Porsche Macan cabin is spacious and quiet
Firm, sporty suspension means the Porsche Macan leans very little when you’re driving around corners, but it also does a good job of soaking up bumps in the road. You can fit an optional air-suspension system, too, which provides an even more comfortable ride than the conventional setup.
Both the GTS and the range-topping Macan Turbo are available with Porsche's advanced PASM suspension, which makes for even less body lean in corners by stiffening the springs and, on the GTS at least, reducing the ride height by 15mm. Astonishingly, the system manages to work brilliantly without sacrificing ride comfort and all Macans are quiet at speed.
Porsche Macan dashboard
The Macan's interior feels like it'll stand up to the rigours of family life well, but it also looks quite sporty. There’s an elegant clock above the sat-nav screen and air vents, as well as an angled bank of buttons either side of the gearstick that's a bit overwhelming at first glance but becomes familiar quickly. The driving position is perfect, and even the steering wheel feels just right.
Standard equipment in the Porsche Macan is pretty generous – all models come with LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, DAB radio, climate control, part-leather seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, electrically adjustable seats and power-folding mirrors. The Macan also comes fitted with useful kit such as an electronically operated bootlid and a reversing camera to help with parking, as well as safety features like lane-departure warning.
Porsche Connect is now standard across the range. Downloading the Connect app allows you to access vehicle-specific data and functions, for example fuel level or driving data from your last journey. You can set the air-conditioning to come on before you get in the car, or lock the doors if you forgot to do so when you parked. Apple CarPlay is accessible through the app but Android Auto isn’t.
All models feature Porsche’s seven-speed PDK twin-clutch automatic gearbox, which means there's no clutch pedal to operate in stop-start traffic – although keen drivers might feel a bit disconnected from proceedings. Cruise control is also fitted.
The GTS is distinguished by black 20-inch alloy wheels, matching matt and gloss black exterior trim, read brake calipers, dark smoked tail-lights and GTS badging and exhaust tailpipes. Inside, the GTS gets Alcantara interior trim and red contrast stitching throughout.
The options list for the Macan is extensive and encompasses everything from the alloy wheels and paint colours, to different seats and even a larger 75-litre fuel tank. Performance can be upgraded too, with different suspension, torque vectoring and a sports exhaust. The Sport Chrono Package also makes the 0-62mph time faster by adding a launch control feature, as well as adding an analogue stopwatch to the dashboard and different driving modes to a selector on the steering wheel.
As with all Porsches, options for the Macan are extremely expensive at over £1,100 for a panoramic sunroof and not much less for adaptive cruise control – disappointing on a car that’s so pricey to buy in the first place.