2015 Porsche Macan S: Just How Useful Is It With a Rear-Facing Infant Car Seat?
December 1, 2014
Driving around in our 2015 Porsche Macan S by myself is quite enjoyable. But I am rarely by myself anymore. And so if I were planning to buy a Macan, I would care whether I could fit a rear-facing car seat in back and still sit in the front passenger seat in front of it.
Would the seat be better and safer in the center position? Yes. Undoubtedly. But by putting it in the outboard position, I've ensured that I still have a workable and comfortable driving position, which is also important. Plus, my daily driver is now a Mazda 5, which has no rear center position, so I'm used to having the seat on the side.
The car seat, a Maxi Cosi Mico rear-facing infant seat, which accommodates babies up to 22 pounds, went in easily. The lower anchor points are easy to locate, though I'd probably lose the plastic covers in the first week if I really owned our Macan. The seat-bottom cushion is surprisingly not that contoured, so I had no difficulty tightening the car seat's base down. I eyeballed the angle and deemed it workable without the addition of a towel.
The baby was quite content, no doubt thanks to the Porsche's tinted rear side glass (something that our 2014 Mazda 5 Grand Touring does not have) and manually adjustable sunshades (also not available in the Mazda).
As for me (and I am 5-feet 10-inches tall if you're keeping score at home), I just fit in the front passenger seat. Said seat might be uncomfortably upright for some, but it's a nicely shaped, supportive seat, so I think I could manage a couple of hours in it. And it's about the same amount of room I have in the Mazda 5.
Alas, the kiddo has just about outgrown her infant seat, and the giant-size convertible seat I've purchased eats up quite a bit more legroom in the rear-facing position. My days of being comfortable in any vehicle short of a standard-size minivan are just about over.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 9,596 miles