Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT VS 2015 Porsche Macan Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT

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2015 Porsche Macan

Safety Comparison

The Range Rover Sport’s front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Macan doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Macan only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Macan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport weighs 483 to 981 pounds more than the Porsche Macan. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Engine Comparison

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 110 more horsepower (510 vs. 400) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 406) than the Macan Turbo’s standard 3.6 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Range Rover Sport has 10.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan S’ standard fuel tank (27.7 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Sport has 7.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan Turbo’s standard fuel tank (27.7 vs. 19.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport 5.0 Supercharged’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Macan:

Range Rover Sport

Macan S

Macan Turbo

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.8 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13 inches

14 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Range Rover Sport has larger standard tires than the Macan (255/50R19 vs. 235/55R19). The Range Rover Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Macan (275/40R22 vs. 265/40R21).

The Range Rover Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Macan’s standard 55 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Macan’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Range Rover Sport 5.0 Supercharged has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Macan doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Macan, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Sport’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the Macan (115.1 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Macan.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Range Rover Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Macan can only carry 5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover Sport’s available middle row seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Range Rover Sport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (27.7 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The Range Rover Sport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (62.2 vs. 53 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Range Rover Sport offers optional rear seat controls for the radio. The Macan doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Macan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The Macan has never been chosen.

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