Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Porsche Macan VS 2015 Mercedes M-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Porsche Macan

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2015 Mercedes M-Class

Safety Comparison

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The Macan has a standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The M-Class doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Macan. But it costs extra on the M-Class.

Both the Macan and the M-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the M-Class’ (10/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

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The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 38 more horsepower (340 vs. 302) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (339 vs. 273) than the ML350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The Macan S’ 3.0 turbo V6 produces 11 more horsepower (340 vs. 329) than the ML400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The Macan Turbo’s standard 3.6 turbo V6 produces 71 more horsepower (400 vs. 329) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 354) than the ML400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regenerative brakes improve the Macan’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The M-Class doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the Macan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The M-Class 350 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Macan S

Macan

ML350

ML400

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

15.6 inches

13 inches

14.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

14.6 inches

12.8 inches

13 inches

The Macan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the M-Class are solid, not vented.

The Macan 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 M-Class doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Macan’s standard 255/50R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ML250 BlueTEC’s standard 55 series tires. The Macan’s optional 265/40R21 front and 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the M-Class’ optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the ML250 BlueTEC. The Macan’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the M-Class.

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche Macan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 600 pounds less than the Mercedes M-Class.

The Macan S is 4.8 inches shorter than the M-Class, making the Macan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Macan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The M-Class doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Macan to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The M-Class doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Macan has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the M-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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