The Porsche Macan is quite possibly the most fun SUV to drive right now. That’s no hyperbole: it’s a great alternative to existing options like the BMW X3 or Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The problem? It’s a bit pricey.
Here are our impressions when we took the SUV out for a spin.
The Macan’s interior looks and feels plush. Leather and metal surfaces abound and make it feel more luxurious than BMW’s X3. The three-spoke steering wheel and dashboard-mounted clock seem like they were inspired by the 911’s design.
Its raised center console and high windows make it feel sportier than most SUVs. However, the 7-inch infotainment touchscreen isn’t as easy to use as BMW’s iDrive system.
All Porsche Macan models have electrically adjustable front seats but you’ll need to pick a high-spec GTS if you want sports seats or a Turbo version for extra adjustable lumbar support.
All models have the 7-inch touchscreen. The central screen is bright and easy enough to read, but it isn’t as clear and sharp as other displays found in perhaps an Audi Q5 or BMW X3.
There’s a convenient range of shortcut buttons that let you manipulate and use key features while keeping your eyes on the road. It’s not the most responsive system, however, and there’s no handy scroll wheel.
Adding a postcode for the standard satellite navigation system is a bit finicky as well. But once it’s set, the directions should be easy enough to follow thanks mainly to the small screen next to the rev counter.
All variants support Apple CarPlay, which lets you use your iPhone’s navigation and music streaming apps instead of Porsche’s built-in system. The drawback is that there’s no Android Auto, but you can wirelessly connect non-iOS devices via Bluetooth.
You can fit 500 liters of luggage in the trunk. It’s actually large enough for a stroller plus some bags. Its square shape makes it suitable for packing with suitcases and cardboard boxes.
The rear seats fold in a three-way (40:20:40) split, allowing you to carry long luggage and two rear passengers at once. However, there aren’t any seat release catches in the trunk so you’ll have to lean forwards to flip them down yourself.
With the rear seats out of the way, you get 1,500 liters of space available, which is large enough for carrying a bike without removing its wheels. The trunk is completely flat with the rear seats folded so it’s easy to slide heavy boxes up behind the front seats.
There’s a 12V socket by the trunk that lets you charge a few devices and a large storage area under the trunk floor. It’s deep enough to hold a bicycle helmet and a few small bags.