The Macan's interior may look exquisite to most, but keen Porsche aficionados will note that the expansive digital cluster fitted to most new models from the brand is still absent from the Macan. If you're a traditionalist who likes old-school, analog clocks, this won't be a problem, but it does highlight that the Macan is aging a little and could do with a refresh to keep it abreast of the competition. Nevertheless, build quality and materials are all excellent, and the layout is both attractive and ergonomic. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control and a gorgeous 10.9-inch TFT display that handles infotainment, but those hoping to keep adults in the back for extended periods will likely have to be prepared for a complaint or two after a few hours.
Officially, the Porsche Macan will seat five, but adults won't enjoy being in the back for too long. Due to the sloping roofline, rear headroom is not the greatest and there's not much in the way of legroom either. Things are much better for those up front, where eight-way power-adjustable seats are standard, offering plenty of comfort and support. As is usually the case with Porsche, better stuff is available on the options list. You can get 14-way power seats here, or even 18-way adaptive seats that hold you in position through the most aggressive of cornering maneuvers. Thanks to a good design in terms of the cabin, it doesn't matter which seats you go for as visibility is great in all directions, although the rear window is a touch too small. Getting in and out is simple too, but again, those in the rear will have a slightly tougher time.
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As standard, the Macan comes with partial leather with Race-Tex faux suede upholstery. This is available in Black or Agate Grey, with Black/Mojave Beige available as a $260 option. You can do away with the faux suede and opt for just a partial leather finish in the same basic colors for $1,740 or with a two-tone color scheme of Black/Garnet Red or Black/Mojave Beige for $220 more, while full leather upholstery will set you back $3,630 for the gray or black options with Agate Grey/Pebble Grey and the aforementioned red or beige combos for $3,880. A natural leather interior finish is also available in Espresso brown for $4,920. Be careful when selecting your upholstery though, as many of the abovementioned options require the selection of additional features or packages, further elevating the overall cost. The top GTS trim has other options available, including one with Carmine Red stitching over Black leather for $4,790. On this model, the natural leather option is a little cheaper ($3,180). As usual, various trim accent choices are offered, from Dark Walnut wood or Brushed Aluminum at no cost to carbon fiber for $940 on the GTS or $1,500 on the lower two trims. Of course, if you're so inclined, you can even get your owner's manual in a carbon pouch or have your floor mats trimmed with leather edging.
Anybody expecting to find Cayenne-like levels of space behind the rear seats is certainly deluded, but the available area isn't all that bad either. You get 17.6 cubic feet of volume - enough cargo space to bring carry-on luggage for each occupant, but if you do need more space, the rear seats will fold in a 40/20/40 split. This gives you 52.9 cubes.
In terms of cabin storage, each door has a decent pocket while four cupholders and center armrest storage for both rows do a good job of keeping small items in place.
Although relatively scant on features for the price, the Macan isn't too badly specced as standard. Even the base model gets LED exterior lighting, a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 4.8-inch driver info display, heated power-folding wing mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, hill start assist, and a rearview camera to complement the front and rear parking sensors. Other features include lane departure warning, hill descent control, and post-collision braking. The top-tier GTS adds to this with adaptive air suspension, adaptive LED headlights, and heated front seats, but there's still plenty to add if you have the bucks. Available options include heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, LED Matrix headlights, launch control, a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane change assist, and a heated windshield.
The Macan's standard infotainment system is less impressive than the rest of the vehicle. While its 10.9-inch TFT touchscreen display looks stunning and displays clear and attractive graphics and images, it's not the easiest to navigate, and it's still devoid of the Android Auto function that is commonplace on rival offerings. Nevertheless, it is at least accompanied by a strong ten-speaker sound system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio, four USB-C ports (two of which are for charging only in the second row), voice control, navigation, and wireless Apple CarPlay. For those who'd like something special, a Bose 12-speaker upgrade is offered, as is wireless charging, but true audiophiles will be most interested in Burmester's 16-speaker surround-sound setup.