As the rise of the SUV continues here in Australia, consumers are faced with an ever-increasing myriad of options and price ranges to choose from. Particularly, there are now a lot more SUVs on the market that cost upwards of $90,000 than ever before. Not surprisingly, two of the best entrants in this class come from Porsche and BMW—the Macan S and the X4 35i respectively. We have the pros and cons of each one for you in our Porsche Macan versus BMW X4 review below.
Exterior and Styling
There are true SUVs and then there are crossovers that resemble wagons, hatches, and coupes. These two cars are the latter. However, the Macan looks much more distinctively SUV than the X4, which has a somewhat oddball look with its coupe-like design coupled with a large gap between the wheel arches and the tyres. In contrast, we find that the Porsche is beautifully designed, as it borrows its rear design from the 911 and has that distinctively eye-pleasing Porsche look up front along with some attractive lines in between.
Interior and Comfort
With its 8.8-inch touchscreen, the X4’s iDrive satellite navigation is far superior to the Macan’s 7-inch touchscreen system. Standard features considered, the X4 also outdoes the Porsche when it comes to standard seat upholstery, which is leather compared to the Porsche’s leather trim, and sound system, which has 16 speakers compared to the Macan’s 11. Aside from these advantages though, the BMW is no match for the Macan’s high-quality finishes and comfort. Add upgrades to each vehicle and the gap becomes even wider in the Porsche’s favor.
Under the Bonnet
The Macan S’s twin-turbo V6 engine generates 250 kW of power, while the X4 35i’s single-turbo 6-cylinder produces 225 kW. Along with having more torque, this difference makes the Macan 0.4 seconds faster from 0-100 Km/hr (5.1 seconds compared to 5.5). But the BMW has the fuel-economy edge, with a combined consumption of 8.3L/100Km compared to 9.0 for the Porsche.
On the Road
BMWs are known for their cornering prowess, and the X4 with its all-wheel xDrive system is no exception. Handling is light at low speeds and tightens up nicely at higher speeds and, like the Macan, it offers outstanding handling on all kinds of road surfaces. But where the X4 is a solid commuter car, the Macan S is built for speed. As efficient as the X4 is around corners, the Porsche is able to take them on at higher speeds and with greater precision. Additionally, the Macan has a smoother transmission with a sportier feel than the X4. This is a case where those outstanding BMW driving dynamics have met their match–and then some.
Some of the notable standard safety features on the X4 include a surround-view camera system and parking assist, while your options are head-up display ($2,000), driving assistant ($900), lane-change warning ($1,200), and adaptive LED with high-beam assist ($3,300). The Macan, on the other hand, is equipped with a rear-view camera and parking assist standard, with lane-change assist ($1,390), lane-keep assist ($1,390), and dynamic lighting system with high-beam assist ($1,050) available as extras.
Value for the Money
In terms of standard features, the starting BMW X4 price tag of $87,430 is the best value for the money. However, the slightly cheaper starting Porsche Macan price of $86,700 is the better value when you consider that it basically offers the same high-quality interior as a Porsche 911, but at less than half the price.
Considering technology features alone, the X4 is the superior car. However, the Macan has the upper hand in terms of performance, ride, and interior. The fact that you have to get on a waiting list to get your hands on a Porsche Macan for sale indicates just how special and sought after this car is.