2019 Audi SQ5 vs. 2019 Porsche Macan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The SQ5’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.

To help make backing safer, the SQ5’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Macan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the SQ5 and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the SQ5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Macan has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 59 percent more Audi dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the SQ5’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 4 places higher in reliability than Porsche.

Engine

The SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 101 more horsepower (349 vs. 248) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 273) than the Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 1 more horsepower (349 vs. 348) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 352) than the Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Audi SQ5, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the SQ5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Macan:

 

SQ5

Macan

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the SQ5 has larger tires than the Macan (255/45R20 vs. 235/60R18).

The SQ5’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 60 series front and 55 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the SQ5 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Macan.

Suspension and Handling

For greater off-road capability the SQ5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Macan (8.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the SQ5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the SQ5’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The SQ5 has a much larger cargo volume than the Macan with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 17.6 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the SQ5’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

The SQ5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the SQ5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Macan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the SQ5 Prestige detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Macan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi SQ5 Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Macan doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi SQ5 Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Macan doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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