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Compare the2024 BMW X5 MVS 2023 Porsche Cayenne

2024 BMW X5 M
2023 Porsche Cayenne

Safety

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The X5 M’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Cayenne doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the X5 M are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The X5 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The X5 M has a standard 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The X5 M’s standard lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. A lane departure warning system costs extra on the Cayenne.

The X5 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 Cayenne’s blind spot costs extra.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the X5 M’s standard Cross Traffic Warning with Braking uses sensors in the rear to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side and automatically engage the brakes. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a rear cross-path warning system.

The X5 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X5 M and the Cayenne 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 M for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Porsche pays for maintenance for the Cayenne (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 X5 M’s warranty.

Engine

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The X5 M’s 4.4 turbo V8 hybrid produces 282 more horsepower (617 vs. 335) and 221 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 332) than the Cayenne’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The X5 M’s 4.4 turbo V8 hybrid produces 183 more horsepower (617 vs. 434) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 405) than the Cayenne S’ standard 2.9 turbo V6. The X5 M’s 4.4 turbo V8 hybrid produces 164 more horsepower (617 vs. 453) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 457) than the Cayenne GTS’ standard 4.0 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The X5 M has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (21.9 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X5 M’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Cayenne:

X5 M

Cayenne

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14.1 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The X5 M has a standard Brake Assistant to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the X5 M has larger tires than the Cayenne (F:295/35R21 & R:315/30R22 vs. F:255/55R19 & R:275/50R19). The X5 M Competition’s optional front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cayenne (F:295/35R21 & R:315/30R22 vs. F:285/40R21 & R:315/35R21).

The X5 M’s 295/35R21 front and 315/30R22 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cayenne’s standard 55 series front and 50 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X5 M has standard 21-inch front and 22-inch rear wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Cayenne.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the X5 M uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Cayenne, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X5 M’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Cayenne (117 inches vs. 114 inches).

The X5 M’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the Cayenne’s (53.6% to 46.4%). This gives the X5 M more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the X5 M has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cayenne (8.4 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the X5 M to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The X5 M has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cayenne.

Cargo Capacity

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The X5 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cayenne with its rear seat up (33.9 vs. 27.2 cubic feet). The X5 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cayenne with its rear seat folded (72.3 vs. 60.3 cubic feet).

The X5 M’s cargo area is larger than the Cayenne’s in almost every dimension:

X5 M

Cayenne

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/70”

39.6”/74.9”

Max Width

49”

42”

Min Width

44”

42”

Height

31.5”

30.4”

Pulling a handle automatically lowers the X5 M’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cayenne doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The X5 M’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Cayenne’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics

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The X5 M has a standard 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The X5 M’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Cayenne.

If the windows are left open on the X5 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. The driver of the Cayenne can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X5 M’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Cayenne’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X5 M has standard extendable sun visors. The Cayenne doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The X5 M has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Cayenne.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW X5 M has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the Cayenne.

Recommendations

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The BMW X5 outsold the Porsche Cayenne by almost six to one during 2022.

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