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 X5 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 X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Macan. But it costs extra on the X5.
Both the Macan and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 15th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.
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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.
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 X5 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.
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 X5 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For better maneuverability, the Macan’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the X5’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.4 feet). The Macan Turbo’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the X5’s (39.3 feet vs. 41.4 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Macan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (9 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Porsche Macan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 750 pounds less than the BMW X5.
The Macan is 9.8 inches shorter than the X5, making the Macan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Macan’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Macan is less expensive to operate than the X5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Macan than the X5, including $257 less for a water pump, $889 less for a muffler, $153 less for a starter, $110 less for fuel injection, $106 less for a fuel pump, $679 less for a timing belt/chain and $1246 less for a power steering pump.