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2018 Porsche Macan vs the competition

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Sportiest compact luxury SUV is plenty practical too

Think of a sporty, performance-oriented compact luxury sport utility and the Porsche Macan should immediately come to mind. The sleek five-door SUV has carved out a unique niche in the premium sector, and has therefore experienced a great deal of success for its efforts. In fact, it’s the best-selling model in its $50,000-plus-price class, not to mention a lot more sought after than many rivals that cost thousands less.

To help you determine why the Macan has become so popular we’ve organized a simple, straight forward, point-form list of standard and optional features plus key specifications from the base trim levels of its price-comparative challengers, including the  Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, and new Range Rover Velar, so go ahead and make your own decision about the compact luxury SUV that best suits your wants and needs:

 

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Strong performance despite excellentefficiency

 

 Porsche Macan

 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic

 BMW X3 xDrive28i

 Jaguar F-Pace Premium

 Range Rover Velar S

 MSRP

 $54,100

 $45,900

 $48,000

 $50,250

 $62,000

 Power (hp) 

 252

 241

 248

 247

 180

 Torque (lb-ft)

 273

 273

 258

 269

 317

 Transmission 

 7-speed dual-clutch

 9-speed auto

 8-speed auto

 8-speed auto

 8-speed auto

 Steering wheel paddle shifters

 Yes

 Yes

 Opt

 Yes

 Yes

 Fuel Economy (city/hwy/comb.)

 11.6 / 9.3 / 10.6

 11.1 / 8.6 / 10.0

 10.8 / 8.0 / 9.5

 10.7 / 8.8 / 9.9

 9.2 / 7.8 / 8.5

 Optional engines

340-hp, 360-hp, 400-hp& 440-hp V6;

315-hp I-4 HEV, 362-hp V6

355-hp I-6

180-hp I-4 diesel, 296-hp I-4,380-hp V6

380-hp V6

 

The Macan offers one of the most powerful base engines in its class at 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, and combines it with the quickest-shifting, sportiest transmission available, Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch PDK with standard paddle shifters and auto start/stop.

What’s more, the Macan’s 10.6 L/100km combined city/highway fuel economy rating is excellent considering its extra performance. The advanced drivetrain, complete with standard all-wheel drive, delivers smooth, linear power delivery too, and combines its strong straight-line speed with a sophisticated fully independent suspension that’s comfortable over uneven pavement or off-road surfaces yet runs circles around most competitors when pushing the limits.

Additionally, Porsche offers more performance-focused powertrain options than any rival thanks to a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 available with 340 horsepower, 360 horsepower, 400 horsepower and 440 horsepower.

 

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Macan standard and optional features trump competition

 

 Porsche Macan

 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic

 BMW X3 xDrive28i

 Jaguar F-Pace Premium

 Range Rover Velar S

 Fog lights

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 Opt

 Opt

Power-adjustable steering column

 Opt

 Opt

 No

 Opt

 Opt

Heated steering wheel

Yes 

 Opt

 Yes

 Opt

 Yes

 Front and rear parking sensors

 Yes

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Rear only (opt front)

 Tri-zone auto climate control

 Yes

 Yes

 No (dual-zone)

 No (dual-zone)

 Dual (Opt 4-zone)

 Garage door opener

 Yes

 Opt

 Opt

 Yes

 Yes

 Leather upholstery

 Yes

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Yes

 Heated front seats

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Opt

 Yes

 Apple CarPlay + Android Auto

 CarPlay only

 Yes

 Opt CarPlay only

 No

 No

 Voice activation

 Yes

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Yes

 4G LTE Wi-Fi

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 SMS text / email function

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 Opt

 No

 Navigation

 Yes

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Yes

 Satellite radio

 Yes

 Opt

 Opt

 Yes

 Opt

 

Along with a meticulously crafted interior featuring some of the nicest detailing in its class, the Macan delivers a lot of standard features while making myriad options available, allowing its premium clientele to personalize their rides exactly the way they like them.

Highlights include a standard heated steering wheel and heatable front seats, high-grade leather upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, a large high-resolution infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, a navigation system with beautifully detailed mapping, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, voice activation, text and email message reading capability, satellite radio and more, while the standard features list continues with front and rear parking sensors, a universal garage door opener, fog lamps, and much more.

 

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Porsche Macan makes loads of advanced driver safety features available

 

 Porsche Macan

 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic

 BMW X3 xDrive28i

 Jaguar F-Pace Premium

 Range Rover Velar S

 Auto high beams

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Yes

Dynamic cornering headlamps

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 No

 Adaptive cruise control

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Autonomous braking

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Blind spot monitoring

 Opt

 Yes

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Lane keeping assist

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Opt

 Driver condition monitoring

 Opt

 No

 No

 Opt

 Opt

 Traffic sign recognition

 Opt

 Opt

 No

 Opt

 Opt

 Special airbags

 Driver’s knee

 Driver’s knee

 No

 No

 No

 

Add up all the advanced driver assistance technologies available with the 2018 Porsche Macan and it’s easy to see its leadership in both active and passive safety. In fact, the Macan has all bases covered, even including a driver’s knee airbag, traffic sign recognition, a driver condition monitor that prompts you if you’re falling asleep at the wheel, advanced LED headlamps with automatic high beam control and dynamic cornering capability, plus a full suite of autonomous accident avoidance systems.

 

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One of the most capable tow ratings in its class

 

 Porsche Macan

 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic

 BMW X3 xDrive28i

 Jaguar F-Pace Premium

 Range Rover Velar S

 Powered liftgate

 Yes

 Opt

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Cargo behind 2nd / 1st row

 501 / 1,501

 550 / 1,600

  550 / 1,600

 508 / 1,798

 673 / 1,985

Tow rating (kg)

 2,000

 1,588

 2,000

 2,400

 750 (max 2,400)

 Roof rails

 Yes

 Yes

 Opt

 No

 Opt


Despite being the sports car of compact luxury SUVs, complete with a leaner profile than most of its challengers, the Porsche Macan is a practical five-door family hauler with plenty of rear seat roominess and ample cargo space.

Its luggage compartment is beautifully finished too, with plush carpeting covering the floor, sidewalls and seatbacks, chromed tie-down hooks at each corner, and an attractive aluminum protector plate covering the rear sill. What’s more, the rear seats fold flat in the optimal 40/20/40 configuration, allowing more passenger/cargo configurations than competitors that merely provide 60/40-split seatbacks.

On top of this the Macan can tow a heavier trailer in standard trim than most rivals, while its standard roof rails can be optimized with numerous accessories for carrying all of your active lifestyle gear.

There’s a lot more to the 2018 Porsche Macan than we can show you here, so make sure to arrange a test drive by contacting Porsche Centre Vancouver at (604) 736-7911 or come visit the showroom at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.

 

Photocredits: Porsche

Copyright: Canadian Auto Press Inc. 

Date Posted: May 9, 2018