While not exactly identical in terms of pricing and engine options/performance, the Porsche Macan can be compared to the new BMW X4 without having to move the goal posts at all.
You can now order either model for around $50,000 with a three-liter six-cylinder turbocharged engine, a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of just over five seconds and the promise of a really sporty ride, despite the obvious drawbacks being tall has on it.
The $49,900 (excluding delivery) Macan S with a 3.0-liter bi-turbo V6 producing 335hp (340PS) for a 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint in 5.2 seconds (5.0 sec with Sport Chrono pack), can steer some customers away from buying $48,925 (delivery included) BMW’s X4 x35i that has a 3.0-liter turbo six churning out 300hp for a 0-60mph in 5.2 sec, and vice-versa.
The BMW sits at a disadvantage in this comparison, being the newer of the two models, so there are no reviews of it to speak of, whereas the Porsche has already been tested and is looking very impressive. The X4 needs to drive better than the reportedly so-so X3 it’s based on, in order to still call itself sporty in the company of the Macan.
Next up is the problem of interior space. Both have plenty of it for the first row of seats, but the number/amount of rear passengers/cargo you’ll be able to carry will likely differ.
If it’s anything like what BMW did when turning the X5 into the X6, then the X4 will probably feel more cramped in the back in terms of headroom and not have that much space for luggage, whereas the Macan seems more spacious both in the back and in the boot. That’s courtesy of its more wagon-esque profile that makes it more understated and appealing than the very noticeable side profile of the pigmy-hunchback Bimmer, at least to me…
With the main points having been considered, which of the two would you have as a daily driver? Vote and comment below.
By Andrei Nedelea
Poll: Which one would you buy?