Porsche Macan review - interior and tech
Cabin design now looks dated next to those of more recent Porsches, but comfort and quality are still high and the tech is useable
It’s the interior which has been given the most attention as part of its 2021 update, with a new centre console that incorporates the cleaner touch-sensitive controls (visually, not literally on account of incessant fingerprints). The rest is familiar, which is no bad thing, as although it’s an ageing architecture it still fundamentally works.
Fit and finish is very good, while the ability to customise the Macan’s interior fairly extensively ensures that those who are looking for something special will find it here, albeit at a cost. With tan, red and light grey trim options in all models, it's one way of breaking free from all the darkness, while the more in-depth Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur options can really bring a bit of life to the cabin.
Porsche has also improved its in-car tech, so it no longer lags rival systems from BMW, Audi or Mercedes (and it's much better than the versions you'll find in the Alfa Stelvio). Those looking for more digital bling might be turned off by elements like the analogue dials and physical gear lever, but we’re not sure banks of screens and tiny selectors really move the game on, decluttering yet cluttering the interfaces all at the same time.
The Macan has a relatively impressive 1500 litres of luggage space with its rear seats folded, 100 litres down on an X3. It is, however, a better shape, so the available space will be easier to utilise. There's decent space for passengers front and rear, but a Cayenne will seat four or five in greater comfort. The Macan's driving position is excellent however, being more similar to that of a 911 than most SUVs seem to manage.