Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2021 Porsche Macan VS 2021 Mercedes GLC Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2021 Porsche Macan

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2021 Mercedes GLC

Safety Comparison

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The Porsche Macan has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The GLC doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

The Macan has standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GLC 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Macan. But it costs extra on the GLC.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Macan’s standard Porsche Hill Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC doesn’t offer Porsche Hill Control.

Both the Macan and the GLC 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 24th in initial quality. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 30th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2021 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 11 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine Comparison

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The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 93 more horsepower (348 vs. 255) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (354 vs. 273) than the GLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Macan GTS’ standard 2.9 turbo V6 produces 120 more horsepower (375 vs. 255) and 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 273) than the GLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Macan Turbo’s standard 2.9 turbo V6 produces 179 more horsepower (434 vs. 255) and 132 lbs.-ft. more torque (405 vs. 273) than the GLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Macan has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC (19.8 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Macan

Macan Turbo

GLC

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

15.4 inches

13.5 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

14 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Macan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLC (F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21 vs. 255/45R20).

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 GLC’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 GLC’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GLC’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Macan offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The GLC’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 GLC doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Macan is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the GLC.

For greater off-road capability the Macan has a 3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLC (8 vs. 5 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Macan’s minimum ground clearance is 4 inches higher than on the GLC (9 vs. 5 inches).

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Macan owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Macan with a number “5” insurance rate while the GLC is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Macan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Macan will retain 54.43% to 57.54% of its original price after five years, while the GLC only retains 46.8% to 48.42%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Macan is less expensive to operate than the GLC because typical repairs cost much less on the Macan than the GLC, including $351 less for a water pump, $138 less for a starter, $123 less for fuel injection and $372 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Porsche Macan and the Mercedes GLC, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Macan was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The GLC has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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