Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X5 VS 2016 Porsche Macan Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW X5

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2016 Porsche Macan

Safety Comparison

The X5 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 X5 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 X5’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Macan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The X5 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 X5 and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The BMW X5 weighs 436 to 1038 pounds more than the Porsche Macan. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 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 X5’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the X5’s reliability will be 11% better than the Macan.

Engine Comparison

The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 45 more horsepower (445 vs. 400) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 406) than the Macan Turbo’s standard 3.6 turbo V6.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 339) than the Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6. The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 406) than the Macan Turbo’s standard 3.6 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the X5 xDrive50i is faster than the Macan S:



Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106.9 MPH

102.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the Macan (24 city/31 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35i gets better fuel mileage than the Macan (18 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

The X5 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan (22.4 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The X5 stops shorter than the Macan:



70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X5 has larger standard tires than the Macan (255/50R19 vs. 235/55R19). The X5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Macan (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21).

The X5’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.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X5 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Macan doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X5 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 X5’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Macan (115.5 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

The X5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.5% to 50.5%) than the Macan’s (54.7% to 45.3%). This gives the X5 more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Macan (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the BMW X5 amounts to more than styling. The X5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Macan (.36 to .37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X5 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X5 xDrive35i xDrive is quieter than the Macan Turbo:



At idle

41 dB

45 dB


73 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The X5 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Macan can only carry 5.

The X5 has 35 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Macan (131 vs. 96).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X5’s available middle row seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X5’s cargo area provides more volume than the Macan.



Third Seat Removed

22.9 cubic feet

17.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

66 cubic feet

53 cubic feet

The X5’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Macan’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X5 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Macan doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left down on the X5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Macan can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the X5 has a standard rear variable intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Macan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the X5’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Macan’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X5 has standard extendable sun visors. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The X5’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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