Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Porsche Macan VS 2016 Audi Q5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Porsche Macan

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2016 Audi Q5

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 Q5 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.

The Macan’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Q5 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Macan offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Q5 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.

Both the Macan and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front parking sensors, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Macan first among compact premium SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Q5 isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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The Macan has more powerful engines than the Q5:

Horsepower

Torque

Macan S 3.0 turbo V6

340 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

Macan Turbo 3.6 turbo V6

400 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Q5 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

220 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

Q5 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6

272 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Macan S is faster than the Q5 2.0T:

Macan

Q5

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.4 sec

19.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

90 MPH

Top Speed

156 MPH

130 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the Macan’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Audi only offers a regenerative brake system on the Q5 Hybrid Prestige.

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.) Audi only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Q5 3.0T/Hybrid.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Macan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

Macan S

Macan

Q5 2.0T

Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

15.6 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

14.6 inches

11.8 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 standard on the Q5 2.0T 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 Q5 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Macan stops much shorter than the Q5:

Macan

Q5

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Macan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q5 (F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21 vs. 255/45R20).

The Macan’s standard 235/55R19 front and 255/50R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series front and 50 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5 2.0T’s standard 60 series tires. The Macan’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Q5 3.0T/TDI’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Q5 2.0T.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Macan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Macan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Q5 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Macan is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Q5.

The Macan Turbo handles at .89 G’s, while the Q5 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Macan Turbo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Q5 (25 seconds @ .78 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Macan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q5 (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Macan Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the Q5 (9.1 vs. 7.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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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 Q5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige, the Macan 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), outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Macan’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Macan’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 Q5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Macan detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Macan and the Q5 offer optional heated front seats. The Macan also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q5.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Macan’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Optional Porsche Car Connect for the Macan allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q5 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Macan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Macan will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Q5.

Macan

Q5

Five Year

35% to 44%

31% to 35%

Three Year

56% to 67%

51% to 57%

Recommendations Comparison

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The Porsche Macan won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Audi Q5 only won one award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Macan first among compact premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q5 was rated third.

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