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Porsche Macan review - Interior, design and technology

Undoubtedly a Porsche, the Macan has a smart design

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 looks largely the same from the outside, 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.

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Overall, the Macan has the sporty appearance you’d demand from a Porsche. Inside it’s stunning, with a bank of chrome-trimmed switches running down the transmission tunnel. You also 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.

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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 and standard features like DAB, Apple CarPlay and Porsche’s connected services.

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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 and Macan S come as standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, 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 range from around £400 to over £3,400.

Even with top-of-the-range Turbo trim, leather upholstery is an optional extra – although a no-cost choice between ‘Comfort’ or ‘Sports’ seats is offered. Elsewhere, most will be hard-pressed to tell the Turbo apart from its lesser siblings. Whether this is a good or a bad thing comes down to personal taste, but we quite like its understated look.

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