Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X6 M VS 2015 Porsche Macan Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW X6 M

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2015 Porsche Macan

Safety Comparison

The X6 M has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Macan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X6 M helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Macan doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X6 M offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras 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.

The X6 M has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Macan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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

The BMW X6 M weighs 941 to 1073 pounds more than the Porsche Macan. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The X6 M’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Macan’s (12 vs. 10 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X6 M for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Porsche doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Macan.

There are over 74 percent more BMW dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X6 M’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The X6 M’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 227 more horsepower (567 vs. 340) and 214 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 339) than the Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6. The X6 M’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 167 more horsepower (567 vs. 400) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 406) than the Macan Turbo’s standard 3.6 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The X6 M has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan S’ standard fuel tank (22.4 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The X6 M has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan Turbo’s standard fuel tank (22.4 vs. 19.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X6 M’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Macan:

X6 M


Front Rotors

15.2 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

15.2 inches

13 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The X6 M has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Macan doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X6 M has larger tires than the Macan (F:285/40R21 & R:325/30R21 vs. F:235/55R19 & R:255/50R19). The X6 M’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Macan (F:285/40R21 & R:325/30R21 vs. F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21).

The X6 M’s 285/40R21 front and 325/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Macan’s standard 55 series front and 50 series rear tires. The X6 M’s tires are lower profile than the Macan’s optional 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X6 M has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Macan.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The rear suspension of the X6 M 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.

The X6 M offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Porsche doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Macan.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X6 M’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Macan (115.5 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

The X6 M’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.6% to 48.4%) than the Macan’s (54.7% to 45.3%). This gives the X6 M more stable handling and braking.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X6 M has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (20.5 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The X6 M has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (53.9 vs. 53 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The X6 M’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Macan.

The X6 M offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Macan doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X6 M’s optional Parking Assistant 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.

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