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Porsche Macan - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Despite its relatively sporty shape, the Porsche Macan has room for a family and their luggage

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

3.9 out of 5

Price
£55,805 to £74,105
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By featuring 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’ve tackled some slippery inclines and descents in the Macan, something only helped by pressing the 'off-road’ button. This adjusts the throttle response and relevant torque splits to help with off-road driving.

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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.

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.

Buyers with young children will appreciate the ISOFIX mounts that are easily accessible behind plastic covers, while the rear bench seat splits in a 40:20:40 configuration which can be useful when ferrying around a combination of passengers and cargo.

Size

The Macan measures 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

There's not as much headroom in the Macan compared to the more traditionally styled SUVs it competes with, but you'll have no trouble fitting five adults into the cabin. There's a fair amount of knee room and leg room in the rear is decent enough.

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. You do have the contend with a fairly chunky load lip when loading up the boot, but there is also a sizeable storage area under the floor.

Towing

If you're planning on towing, we’d suggest ensuring your model has a reversing camera fitted to help hitch the trailer, while the torquey engines offer lots of pulling power to make light work of loads. Peak braked towing capacity for the four-cylinder models is rated at 2000kg, or 750kg on an unbraked trailer, and the V6-powered S and GTS share the same unbraked figure with a slightly higher 2400kg braked figure.

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Senior staff writer

Senior staff writer at Auto Express, Jordan joined the team after six years at evo magazine where he specialised in news and reviews of cars at the high performance end of the car market. 

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