Although this is the cheapest version of the Macan, there is nothing cheap about its interior, and in true German fashion, the build quality feels tank-like and the quality is as good as any other Porsche. Like on the outside, there are loads of optional extras here too, like the Sport Chrono pack, upholstery choice, infotainment screen among many others. The slab-like dash looks purposeful and the well-defined centre console which extends all the way down to the gear selector gives the front passengers a cocooned feeling. At first, the sea of buttons next to the gear lever and centre console might look daunting but once use to, all of them start making sense and you don’t have to go through innumerable sub menus to change settings.
On our test car, the infotainment screen was quite small, which in-turn made using the touchscreen a bit difficult. The front seats are well-shaped with good side bolstering. You sit relatively low in the Macan which makes getting in and out very easy. At the rear the R4 is surprisingly roomy with good knee and decent headroom. The bench itself is quite comfy and the adjustable backrest helps further. But occupants at the rear feel a bit claustrophobic thanks to the large front seats and the high window line. Like with most cars, it works best as a four-seater, thanks to the large transmission tunnel and limited shoulder room.
In standard form, the Macan R4 has just about decent equipment levels. You get a powered tailgate, cruise control, a nice sounding Bose audio system with smartphone mirroring tech, electrically powered seats, lot of airbags, Porsche Traction Management, Porsche Stability Management and some more. Some common features, however, are on the options list. You will have to shell out nearly Rs 1.15 lakh for the park assist with rear camera and an additional Rs 2.50 lakh for the panoramic sunroof. The Sport Chrono Package, which adds an analogue clock, Sport Plus driving mode and launch control function, is yours for Rs 1.65 lakh. As we found out, it’s easy to jack up the ex-showroom price of the Macan R4 to over a crore by selecting the items on the options list.