The X6 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 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 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 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, 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.
BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X6 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’s warranty.
The X6 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.
On the EPA test cycle the X6 xDrive35i gets better fuel mileage than the Macan (18 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).
The X6 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan (22.4 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The X6 stops much shorter than the Macan:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the X6 has larger standard tires than the Macan (255/50R19 vs. 235/55R19). The X6’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 X6’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 standard on the X6 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.
The X6 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’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Macan (115.5 inches vs. 110.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X6 is 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Macan.
The X6’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.7% to 50.3%) than the Macan’s (54.7% to 45.3%). This gives the X6 more stable handling and braking.
The X6 xDrive35i xDrive handles at .88 G’s, while the Macan S pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The design of the BMW X6 amounts to more than styling. The X6 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .34 to .35 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Macan (.36 to .37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X6 get better fuel mileage.
The X6 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 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).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X6’s available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Macan doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The X6 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction 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 X6 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 shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X6 has standard extendable sun visors. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The X6’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.