Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Porsche Macan VS 2016 BMW X6 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Porsche Macan

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2016 BMW X6

Safety Comparison

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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 X6 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 X6 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 X6 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 X6.

Both the Macan and the X6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, 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

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Macan first among compact premium SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The X6 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.

Engine Comparison

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The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 40 more horsepower (340 vs. 300) and 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (339 vs. 300) than the X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

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 X6 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Macan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X6:

Macan S

Macan

X6 s/xDrive35i

X6 xDrive50i

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

15.6 inches

13.7 inches

14.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

14.6 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 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 X6 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan offers optional 21-inch wheels. The X6’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the Macan S’ turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the X6’s (38.7 feet vs. 42 feet). The Macan Turbo’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the X6’s (39.2 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche Macan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 950 pounds less than the BMW X6.

The Macan S is 7.7 inches shorter than the X6, 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 X6 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 X6 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Macan has a standard rear wiper. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Macan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Macan will cost $2975 to $6965 less than the X6 over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Porsche Macan will be $5537 to $8489 less than for the BMW X6.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Porsche Macan won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The BMW X6 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 X6 was rated second in its category.

The Porsche Macan outsold the BMW X6 by over two to one during the 2015 model year.

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