Porsche Macan review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

There's decent space inside for a Porsche, but the Macan's rival SUVs are roomier

Since the Macan features four-wheel drive as standard, you'll be well-equipped if there's a sudden cold snap or if you need to do a bit of light off-roading. We tackled some slippery inclines and descents in the Macan, helped by pressing the 'off-road' button. This adjusts the throttle response and relevant torque splits to help with off-road driving.

Those cars fitted with air suspension (standard on the GTS) rise by 40mm for off-road work, taking maximum ground clearance to 230mm. There's a separate button for hill descent control, too, which will take charge of the brakes for you on a slippery descent, keeping the speed between 3mph and 18mph and you in control of the car.

If you're planning on towing a reversing camera is fitted which has functions to help hitch up the trailer, while the torquey engines offer lots of pulling power.

Boosting its credentials is the fact that each and every Macan comes as standard with an electronically opening tailgate as well as front and rear parking sensors to help avoid any nasty scrapes.

Size

The Macan is 4,726mm in length, 1,922mm in width and stands 1,621mm tall, which means it takes up a little more space on the road than an Audi Q5, although the Audi is slightly taller.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Clearly, there's not as much headroom as some of the more traditionally styled SUVs that the Macan is competing with, but you'll have no trouble fitting five adults into the cabin. There's a fair amount of knee room, too.

Boot

The Macan's boot is large enough to hold 488 litres of luggage while you've got the rear seats up, but you can fold them down to free 1,503 litres of space. That means that despite its relatively sporty shape, the Macan is a genuinely spacious car, with room for a family and their luggage.

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