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Compare the2023 BMW X4 MVS 2023 Porsche Macan

2023 BMW X4 M
2023 Porsche Macan

Safety

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The X4 M’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 X4 M 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The X4 M offers an optional Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor for objects to the rear and automatically applies the brakes to prevent a collision. The Macan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The X4 M has a standard blind spot warning system that uses sensors to alert the driver to objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them and moves the vehicle back into its lane. A system to reveal vehicles in the Macan’s blind spot costs extra.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the X4 M’s standard Cross Traffic Warning uses sensors in the rear to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Macan doesn’t offer a rear cross-path warning system.

The X4 M’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Macan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X4 M 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X4 M 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 80 percent more BMW dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X4 M’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW above average in initial quality. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is rated below average.

Engine

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The X4 M has more powerful engines than the Macan:

Horsepower

Torque

X4 M 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

473 HP

457 lbs.-ft.

X4 M Competition 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

503 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

Macan 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

261 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Macan S 2.9 turbo V6

375 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

Macan GTS 2.9 turbo V6

434 HP

405 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the X4 M Competition is faster than the Porsche Macan turbo 4 cyl.:

X4 M

Macan

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8 sec

14.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.6 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

11.6 sec

13.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

119 MPH

98 MPH

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X4 M, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X4 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Macan:

X4 M

Macan

Macan GTS

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13.6 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

14 inches

The X4 M stops much shorter than the Macan:

X4 M

Macan

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the X4 M has larger tires than the Macan (F:255/45R20 & R:265/45R20 vs. F:235/55R19 & R:255/50R19).

The X4 M’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Macan’s standard 55 series front and 50 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X4 M has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Macan.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X4 M’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Macan (112.8 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

The X4 M’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Macan’s (55.7% to 44.3%). This gives the X4 M more stable handling and braking.

The X4 M Competition handles at .97 G’s, while the Macan pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the X4 M has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Macan (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the X4 M to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X4 M’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The X4 M has a much larger cargo volume than the Macan with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 17.2 cubic feet).

Pulling a handle automatically lowers the X4 M’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Macan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X4 M’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Macan doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The X4 M offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Macan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The X4 M offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed, tachometer and navigation instruction 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 X4 M 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 X4 M has standard extendable sun visors. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The X4 M’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Macan’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

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