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Porsche Macan review - Interior, design and technology

With a sporty exterior and a quality cabin, the stylish Macan is undoubtedly a Porsche

With a clear family resemblance, the Macan is unmistakably a Porsche. It’s arguably the most attractive non-sports car in the line-up, and looks compact and neatly proportioned. Porsche must agree, because the latest incarnation of the larger Cayenne takes some styling inspiration from this smaller model.

The 2019 model year update didn't change too much, save for the addition of a full-width bar across the tailgate connecting the rear light clusters. The clamshell bonnet, lights inspired by the Porsche Cayman and horizontal blades under the indicators give the nose a sporty look, while the rear is set off by neatly executed, deep-set wraparound tail-lights that have a contoured, 3D effect.

A further update in 2021 brought in a redesigned front bumper incorporating a body-coloured inlay, a new rear diffuser and different wheel and paint options. The cabin was freshened with a redesigned centre console that features haptic touch surfaces instead of buttons, while a stubbier gear selector and a new steering wheel were introduced across the range.

Overall, the Macan has the sporty appearance you’d demand from a Porsche. Inside it’s stunning, and you get the same driver-focused cockpit as Porsche’s other models, while all the plastics, leathers and trim materials are first class.

Just like the 911 and Cayman, the Macan feels more like a sports car once you climb inside. The high dashboard and low seat mean the steering wheel juts right out, while Porsche’s familiar five-dial set-up and high centre console surround you. Although it never feels cramped, the layout puts the focus firmly on the driver. This off-roader is practical, but it’s one that begs to be driven as well.

Standard kit includes eight-way adjustable electric seats, automatic air-conditioning, front and rear parking sensors, DAB radio, cruise control with a speed limiter function, lane departure warning, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights and daytime running lights, plus three-zone climate control and an automatic tailgate.

The Porsche Macan comes as standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, while the S model has 20-inch rims, but there are a number of optional 19, 20 and 21-inch versions to choose from. These are available in a range of finishes, including a match to the car’s body colour. However, it’s worth remembering that these optional wheels incur a sizeable extra cost.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

As you’d expect from Porsche, there’s a huge range of options on offer. Sat-nav and real-time traffic info is now standard, while the screen recognises swipe gestures so you can flick from menu to menu easily. The new system is class-leading, with a clear 10.9-inch display, intuitive menus and standard features like DAB, Apple CarPlay and Porsche’s connected services.

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