Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 BMW X3 VS 2018 Porsche Macan Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2018 BMW X3

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2018 Porsche Macan

Safety Comparison

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The X3’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Macan doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The X3 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 X3’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 X3 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 X3 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, 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 X3 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Porsche pays for maintenance for the Macan (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 81 percent more BMW dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X3’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 8 places higher in reliability than Porsche.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X3 gets better fuel mileage than the Macan:

 

 

X3

Macan

 

 

 

22 city/29 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

 

20 city/27 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

S/Auto

 

xDrive30i/Auto

n/a

17 city/23 hwy

GTS/Auto

 

M40i/Auto

n/a

17 city/23 hwy

Turbo/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The X3 stops shorter than the Macan:

 

X3

Macan

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

130 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X3 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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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X3’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Macan (112.8 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

The X3’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.4% to 49.6%) than the Macan’s (54.7% to 45.3%). This gives the X3 more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

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The design of the BMW X3 amounts to more than styling. The X3 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .29 to .33 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). 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 X3 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X3 has 5.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Macan (101.4 vs. 96).

The X3 has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Macan.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X3’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (28.7 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (62.7 vs. 53 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 easier. The X3’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Macan’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

The X3’s cargo area is larger than the Macan’s in almost every dimension:

 

X3

Macan

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36.5”/69”

39”/68.5”

Max Width

47”

46.7”

Min Width

43.3”

41”

Height

30.1”

29”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X3’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Macan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X3 offers an optional heads-up display that 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 open on the X3 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote or with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the Macan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X3 has standard extendable sun visors. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The X3’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.

Recommendations Comparison

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Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the BMW X3 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The BMW X3 outsold the Porsche Macan by 90% during 2017.

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