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2015 Porsche Macan Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Porsche Macan was new.


Interior: 8.4

The new 2015 Porsche Macan receives praise for its first-rate interior materials, as well as a sporty cabin design that’s similar to what you’ll find in the Porsche Panamera. Test drivers say that despite the Macan's array of interior buttons, accessing most audio and navigation settings is fairly intuitive. The Macan also earns praise for its supportive, well-bolstered front sport seats, though critics say that taller passengers may not have enough legroom.

  • "The Macan's interior is a seamless blend of comfort and performance that borrows styling cues from the Panamera sedan." -- Left Lane News
  • "Inside, materials and finish are not an issue. The Macan continues Porsche's upward trend in its interior treatments' overall quality." -- AutoWeek
  • "There are fantastic seats, a center console covered in buttons, and a great new steering wheel derived from the one in the 918 Supercar. I'd look for this to become the standard across Porsche's lineup since it's just leaps and bounds better than the other wheels that they offer, even in the 911. Other elements, like a cover for the CD player, feel cheaper than anything in the Audi. So outside it looks leaps and bounds better than any other crossover in this class, and the interior is right on par." -- Jalopnik
  • "Slip behind the steering wheel of a Macan (a wheel it shares with Porsche's $845,000 hypercar, the 918), and the layout rings familiar. The wide, button-heavy center console could be from any other modern Porsche. Compared to the Q5, Macan drivers sit lower and deeper in the cabin. It feels more like a sporty hatchback than a compact crossover." -- Road and Track


The Porsche Macan seats five on standard leather-trimmed upholstery. It comes standard with eight-way, power-adjustable front seats, while 14- and 18-way power-adjustable front seats and heated and ventilated front seats are available. Most reviewers think the all-new 2015 Macan's rear seat has enough space for most passengers, but a few mention that taller passengers may not have enough head- and legroom. The Macan has supportive front sport seats, they add. 

  • "The 'flying' roofline still leaves adequate headroom in the rear seats (split 40/20/40), although lanky passengers do find themselves staring at the headliner." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "There's enough space in the back seat for two medium-sized adults or three kids. Headroom is impressive, given the coupe-like flow of the Macan's roof, and a 5'8" passenger has more than enough leg room behind a 5'10" driver. Taller rear passengers are squeezed on leg room first. It seems most of the Macan's 3.5-inch wheelbase reduction compared to Cayenne translates to less leg room in back." -- AutoWeek
  • "The king is secure on his sport-seat throne, thanks to ideal orthopedic support and unyielding rib and thigh bolsters." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The all-new 2015 Macan comes standard with an 11-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, heated side mirrors and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include navigation, a rearview camera, lane change and lane keep assist systems, adaptive cruise control and Porsche Car Connect, which allows you to use your smartphone to locate your vehicle, access vehicle information and contact Porsche in the event of a breakdown.

Automotive journalists say the Macan's dashboard features lots of buttons, but they note that its controls are well laid out, and drivers will quickly learn their functions. Additionally, some reviewers say that accessing vehicle settings is easier than it is with rivals’ systems that require users to navigate through on-screen menus.

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  • "The Macan adopts a version of the 918's striking multifunction steering wheel in a cabin that amplifies Porsche's surprising new command of interior design and intuitive interfaces. As in every new Porsche, the familiar sloping center console is replete with analog switches, but they're more manageable than most screen-based menus." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The center console is wide, and edged with lots of switches in the dense Porsche fashion. Porsche has not taken to replacing genuine buttons with multilayered data switches, and we're good with that." -- AutoWeek
  • "The interior features the now Porsche-standard sloping center console that first appeared in the Carrera GT. That epic model had only a few knobs to fiddle with; the Macan's nervous system looks more complicated than a Learjet's. There's a switch for every function, more than 30 on the center panel and a few more overhead and on the steering wheel shared with the heroic 918 supercar. That doesn't count the infotainment controls sited below a seven-inch touch screen. Clearly, Porsche hasn't received the industry-wide memo on control simplification." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The dashboard features a 7-inch color touch screen that runs an optional high-tech infotainment system called Porsche Communications Manager (PCM). PCM groups the car's audio, navigation (if equipped) and communication functions into a single easy-to-use interface that packs a 40 GB hard drive, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity." -- Left Lane News
  • "Although there are many buttons in here, it doesn't take long to acclimate to them thanks to a logical layout." -- Edmunds


The all-new 2015 Porsche Macan has 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use. With the rear seats folded, the Macan has 53 cubic feet of room, which is one of the lowest overall cargo capacities in the class. Test drivers note that the Macan's cargo hold is significantly smaller than that of most rivals, including the Audi Q5 and BMW X3

  • "One price of style is the stingiest cargo hatch in the class: at a maximum 52.9 cubic feet, it is roughly eight percent smaller than the Audi's hold." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Macan's 17.7 cubic-feet of luggage space with the rear seats in place is a far cry from the Audi Q5's 29.1 cubic feet. So when you plan a weekend getaway in the Macan, pack creatively." -- Road and Track
  • "The racy hatch angle and the sleek roof curvature whack more than a third of the Audi Q5's cargo volume (from 29 to 18 cubic feet), the price of aping the 911's profile. Sacrificing the back seat yields 53 cubic feet of space and a flat, nearly level load floor." -- Car and Driver
  • "With the rear seats in use, the Macan's cargo capacity is 17.7 cubic feet, about 10 cubes shy of the SQ5 and X3. Fold them down and you'll have 53.0 cubes, a little less than those two rivals but still better than what you'll get in an Evoque." -- Edmunds

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