Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Porsche Macan VS 2016 Mercedes AMG Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Porsche Macan

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2016 Mercedes AMG

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 AMG GLE63 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 AMG GLE63 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the AMG GLE63’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

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 AMG GLE63 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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Macan gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE63:

Macan

AMG GLE63

S/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

14 city/18 hwy

GLE63 S Coupe/Auto

Turbo/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

GLE63/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Macan’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG GLE63 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Macan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG GLE63:

Macan

AMG GLE63

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 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 AMG GLE63 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For greater off-road capability the Macan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLE63 (8.1 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Macan Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the AMG GLE63 (9.1 vs. 7.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche Macan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1050 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GLE63.

The Macan S is 6.7 inches shorter than the AMG GLE63 Coupe, 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 AMG GLE63 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 AMG GLE63 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 AMG GLE63 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Porsche Macan won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

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