Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X4 VS 2017 Porsche Macan Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW X4

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2017 Porsche Macan

Safety Comparison

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The X4 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Macan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To help make backing safer, the X4’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Macan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The X4 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 X4 and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X4 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 82 percent more BMW dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X4’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X4 gets better fuel mileage than the Macan:

 

 

X4

Macan

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/27 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

3.0 twin turbo V6/Auto (340 HP)

 

 

n/a

17 city/23 hwy

3.6 turbo V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

17 city/23 hwy

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The X4 stops much shorter than the Macan:

 

X4

Macan

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the X4 has larger standard tires than the Macan (245/50R18 vs. 235/55R19).

The X4 xDrive28i’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 60 series front and 55 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X4 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 X4’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.4% to 50.6%) than the Macan’s (54.7% to 45.3%). This gives the X4 more stable handling and braking.

The X4 xDrive28i handles at .85 G’s, while the Macan S pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The design of the BMW X4 amounts to more than styling. The X4 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd. That is lower than the Macan (.36 to .37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X4 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X4 xDrive28i is quieter than the Macan Turbo:

 

X4

Macan

At idle

37 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

71 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X4’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 X4 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 X4 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.

The X4’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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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X4 will be $10909 to $21970 less than for the Porsche Macan.

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