Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Porsche CAYENNE VS 2014 BMW X6 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Porsche CAYENNE

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2014 BMW X6

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Cayenne have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW X6 M doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Cayenne are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X6 M doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Cayenne offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The X6 M doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Cayenne’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X6 M doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Cayenne and the X6 M have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cayenne third among midsize premium CUVs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The X6 M isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 16th.

Engine Comparison

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The Cayenne Turbo S’ standard 4.8 turbo V8 produces 53 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 500) than the X6 M’s 4.4 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cayenne Automatic’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The X6 M doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Cayenne has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X6 M (26.4 vs. 22.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Cayenne Turbo’s optional front brake rotors are larger than those on the X6 M:

Cayenne Turbo

X6 M

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

15.6 inches

The Cayenne offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The X6 M doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Cayenne stops much shorter than the X6 M:

Cayenne

X6 M

80 to 0 MPH

200 feet

218 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

120 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Cayenne’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X6 M (295/35R21 vs. 275/40R20).

The Cayenne’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X6 M’s 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayenne offers optional 21-inch wheels. The X6 M’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Cayenne GTS handles at .95 G’s, while the X6 M pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cayenne S goes through Road & Track’s slalom faster than the X6 M (66.2 vs. 65.7 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the Cayenne’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the X6 M’s (39.1 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche Cayenne may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 950 pounds less than the BMW X6 M.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Cayenne Diesel is quieter than the X6 M:

Cayenne

X6 M

Full-Throttle

70 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Cayenne has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the X6 M.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cayenne’s rear seats recline. The X6 M’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Cayenne has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X6 M with its rear seat folded (62.9 vs. 59.7 cubic feet).

The Cayenne’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The X6 M’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X6 M, the Cayenne offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Cayenne’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The X6 M has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Cayenne has a standard rear wiper. The X6 M doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Cayenne has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The X6 M doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Cayenne has standard extendable sun visors. The X6 M doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Cayenne PDK offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The X6 M doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Cayenne owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Cayenne will cost $6255 to $8515 less than the X6 M over a five-year period.

The Cayenne will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Cayenne will retain 47.01% to 53.98% of its original price after five years, while the X6 M only retains 42.48%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Porsche Cayenne will be $6851 to $51347 less than for the BMW X6 M.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche Cayenne, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cayenne first among midsize premium CUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The X6 M isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the Cayenne as their 2011 Sport Utility of the Year. The X6 M has never been chosen.

The Porsche Cayenne outsold the BMW X6 by over three to one during the 2013 model year.

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