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Porsche Macan SUV - Interior & comfort

The Porsche Macan cabin is spacious and quiet

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​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. The optional air-suspension system provides an even more comfortable ride than the conventional setup.

The GTS gets Porsche's advanced PASM sports air suspension as standard, which makes for even less body lean in corners by firming up and reducing the ride height by 10mm. 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's also sporty, with a cosseting feel. There’s an elegant clock above the sat-nav screen and air vents, and for the facelift, the traditional angled bank of buttons on either side of the gear selector has been replaced with Porsche' latest haptic controls, as seen in the Porsche Taycan. The driving position is perfect, and even the new GT Sport steering wheel feels just right.

Equipment

Standard equipment in the Porsche Macan is pretty generous – all models come with LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, DAB radio, triple-zone 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 a powered bootlid and a reversing camera to help with parking, as well as safety features like a lane-departure warning system.

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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.

Something of a ‘GTS-lite’, the Macan T gets darkened exterior trim, unique sill plates and black leather and ‘Sport-Tex’ upholstery with embossed Porsche crests and contrasting silver stitching. It’s also fitted with 20-inch dark titanium alloy wheels and quad exhaust tailpipes.

The GTS is distinguished by black 21-inch alloy wheels, matching matt and gloss black exterior trim, red brake calipers, dark smoked tail-lights and GTS badging and exhaust tailpipes. Inside, the GTS gets Alcantara interior trim and contrasting stitching throughout.

Options

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 £2,400 for a set of 21-inch alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the top Burmester sound system upgrade is a cool £3,500, with 16 speakers.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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