Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X1 VS 2016 Porsche Macan Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW X1

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2016 Porsche Macan

Safety Comparison

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The X1’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Macan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The X1 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 X1 and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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 and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 86 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Macan has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 36,000 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 X1’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the X1’s reliability will be 30% better than the Macan.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X1 xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the Macan (22 city/31 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The X1 stops much shorter than the Macan:

X1

Macan

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The X1’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 X1 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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X1 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .87 G’s, while the Macan S pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Macan S’ (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The X1’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Macan Turbo’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 pounds less than the Porsche Macan.

The X1 is 8.9 inches shorter than the Macan S, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW X1 amounts to more than styling. The X1 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Macan (.36 to .37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X1 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X1 xDrive28i xDrive is quieter than the Macan Turbo:

X1

Macan

At idle

40 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X1 has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Macan (101 vs. 96).

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X1 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 53 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X1’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Macan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X1’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.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X1 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 X1 w/Comfort Access 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.

Consumer Reports rated the X1’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Macan’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The X1’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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Macan because typical repairs cost much less on the X1 than the Macan, including $1012 less for an alternator, $142 less for front brake pads, $12 less for a starter and $885 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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The BMW X1 outsold the Porsche Macan by 7% during 2015.

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