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

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2018 Porsche Macan

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2018 BMW X3

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 X3 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 X3 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Macan and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, 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 2017 Initial Quality Study. The X3 was rated second.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 6th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 8th.

Engine Comparison

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The Macan has more powerful engines than the X3:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Macan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

Macan S 3.0 turbo V6

340 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

Macan GTS 3.0 turbo V6

360 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Macan Turbo 3.6 turbo V6

400 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Macan Turbo 3.6 turbo V6

440 HP

442 lbs.-ft.

X3 xDrive30i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

X3 M40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

355 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Macan S is faster than the X3 xDrive30i:

 

Macan

X3

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.3 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.9 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Macan has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 (19.8 vs. 17.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Macan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X3:

 

Macan

Macan S

Macan GTS

Macan Turbo

Macan opt.

X3 xDrive30i

X3 M40i

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.8 inches

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

15.6 inches

13 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

13 inches

14 inches

14.6 inches

13 inches

13.5 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 X3 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Macan stops shorter than the X3:

 

Macan

X3

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Macan has larger standard tires than the X3 (F:235/55R19 & R:255/50R19 vs. 225/60R18). The Macan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X3 (F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21 vs. 245/50R19).

The Macan’s standard 255/55R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X3 xDrive30i’s standard 60 series tires. The Macan’s optional 265/40R21 front and 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the X3’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Macan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Macan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The X3 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Macan is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than on the X3.

For better maneuverability, the Macan Base/S’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the X3 xDrive30i’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.4 feet). The Macan GTS/Turbo’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the X3 M40i’s (39.2 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Macan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X3 (8.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Macan Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.1 inches higher than on the X3 (9.1 vs. 8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche Macan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 250 pounds less than the BMW X3.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X3, the Macan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Macan’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Macan’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The X3’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Macan to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X3 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Macan has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X3 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Macan keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

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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 X3 was rated third.

The Macan was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The X3 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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