2019 BMW X1 vs. 2018 Porsche Macan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X1’s optional 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.

The X1 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Macan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the X1 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Macan has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 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 82 percent more BMW dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Macan was rated second in its category.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 3 places higher in reliability than Porsche.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the Macan:

 

 

 

MPG

X1

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

Macan

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

 

GTS 3.0 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

 

 

Turbo 3.6 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the Porsche Macan (3). This means the X1 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Macan every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X1, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.

Brakes and Stopping

The X1 stops much shorter than the Macan:

 

X1

Macan

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Macan’s standard 60 series front and 55 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Macan doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the Macan S pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Macan Base/S’ (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The X1’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Macan GTS/Turbo’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 550 pounds less than the Porsche Macan.

The X1 is 8.9 inches shorter than the Macan, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW X1 amounts to more than styling. The X1 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Macan (.36 to .37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X1 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X1 xDrive28i is quieter than the Macan Turbo:

 

X1

Macan

At idle

40 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

The X1 has 5.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Macan (101.2 vs. 96).

The X1 has 3.3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Macan.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s available rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the X1 is 1.7 inches lower than the Macan (17” vs. 18.7”). The X1’s rear step up height is 1.7 inches lower than the Macan’s (17.3” vs. 19”).

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 53 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X1 easier. The X1’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Macan’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

The X1’s cargo area is larger than the Macan’s in almost every dimension:

 

X1

Macan

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

35.1”/69”

39”/68.5”

Max Width

51.5”

46.7”

Min Width

39.5”

41”

Height

33”

29”

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X1’s available 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 X1 offers an optional 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.

If the windows are left open on the X1 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Macan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the X1’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Macan’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the X1 has a standard extendable sun visor. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The X1’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Macan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The X1 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Macan doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X1 will cost $1415 to $4890 less than the Macan over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Macan because it costs $297 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the X1 than the Macan, including $168 less for a muffler, $136 less for front brake pads and $151 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X1 will be $6927 to $38087 less than for the Porsche Macan.

Recommendations

The BMW X1 outsold the Porsche Macan by 38% during the 2018 model year.

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