2015 Porsche Macan S: So Many Buttons!
June 26, 2014
Is the 2015 Porsche Macan S a real Porsche? If you mean from a philosophical or dynamic perspective, I'll have to leave that answer to future entries and authors after more extensive drives. Yet, from the way the door feels when you open it, to the 911 gauges, the firmly snug seat and chunky sport steering wheel, there's no mistaking the Macan as hailing from anywhere other than Stuttgart's finest.
The most controversial Porsche element in place in the Macan, however, is the rising center console covered in oh-so-many buttons.
Now, I'm a supporter of buttons. I generally like them and curse those who complain about them, because such criticism has often led to rubbish alternatives like iDrive 1.0 and Honda's new era of touchscreens. Buttons, in sensible moderation, are a very good thing. It's the reason I appreciate Mercedes, Volvo and pre-Q50 Infinitis. Call me a luddite if you must.
In the Macan, as in other Porsches, there is a wonderful heft to the way the buttons click that evokes a serious machine rather than a toy or technological gadget. Although there may be a few too many (does each air direction really need its own button?), I enjoy the immediacy of wanting to do something and pressing a single button to accomplish it. No clicking a mouse, no pressing three illustrated "buttons" to go through sub-menus. Although it can be overwhelming at first learning where everything is, once you do, you can operate them without looking. Try that with an iDrive-like system or more comprehensive touchscreen.
So although there are a lot of buttons, and although their presence on the center console may eliminate the possibility of handy storage areas, I resolutely remain pro-button.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 824 miles