2016 Porsche Macan: Car Seat Check

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CARS.COM — With the Macan luxury compact SUV, Porsche hopes to duplicate the success of its larger Cayenne SUV. Despite its tight backseat, the 2016 Macan performed surprisingly well in our Car Seat Check. We tested the base Macan S model with leather seats. The Macan seats five passengers.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

What We Like

  • There are two sets of lower Latch anchors in the Macan’s outboard seats. The anchors sit behind removable plastic covers. This setup makes it easy to connect to the anchors. Three tether anchors are found midway down the Porsche’s rear seats. The tether anchors are well-marked and easy to use.
  • Both the rear- and forward-facing convertibles installed easily and fit well in the Porsche Macan.
  • Our high-back booster seat fit well in the Macan, but there’s not a lot of legroom for a child sitting behind taller adults.

What We Don’t

  • The rear-facing infant seat installs easily, but we had to move the front Porsche’s passenger seat forward a significant amount to fit the car seat behind it. Our 5-foot-8 tester could just squeeze into the front seat, but she only had a half-inch of room between her knees and the glove box.
  • The rear seat belt buckles are on stable bases, but they sit low in the vehicle’s bottom seat cushion, making them difficult to grasp for younger kids in boosters.

Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.  

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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