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

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2016 Porsche Macan

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2016 BMW X5

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Macan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW X5 M doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Macan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 M doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 X5 M 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.

Both the Macan and the X5 M have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Macan first among compact premium SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The X5 M isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 6th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Macan gets better fuel mileage than the X5 M (17 city/23 hwy vs. 14 city/19 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Macan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the X5 M:


X5 M

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

15.2 inches

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 X5 M doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Macan S’ turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the X5 M’s (38.7 feet vs. 42 feet). The Macan Turbo’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the X5 M’s (39.2 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche Macan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1000 to 1150 pounds less than the BMW X5 M.

The Macan S is 8.4 inches shorter than the X5 M, 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 X5 M doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Macan’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5 M’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 X5 M has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Macan offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The X5 M doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Macan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Macan will cost $1390 to $3685 less than the X5 M over a five-year period.

The Macan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Macan will retain 48.41% to 51.38% of its original price after five years, while the X5 M only retains 42.38%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Porsche Macan will be $28170 to $45661 less than for the BMW X5 M.

Recommendations Comparison

The Porsche Macan won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The BMW X5 M didn't win any 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 X5 M isn’t in the top three.

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