2019 BMW X2 vs. 2018 Porsche Macan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the X2’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.

The X2 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 X2 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, available all wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 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 X2’s warranty.

Reliability

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 X2 gets better fuel mileage than the Macan:

 

 

 

MPG

X2

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

 

M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 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 X2 higher (7 out of 10) than the Porsche Macan (3). This means the X2 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 X2, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.

Brakes and Stopping

The X2 stops much shorter than the Macan:

 

X2

Macan

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X2’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 available on the X2 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 X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 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 X2’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Macan Base/S’ (37.2 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The X2’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Macan GTS/Turbo’s (37.2 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis

The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the Porsche Macan.

The X2 is 1 foot shorter than the Macan, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW X2 amounts to more than styling. The X2 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .31 to .33 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). 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 X2 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the Macan Turbo:

 

X2

Macan

At idle

37 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

The X2 has 1.2 inches more front headroom and 1.1 inches more rear legroom than the Macan.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the X2 is 2.1 inches lower than the Macan (16.6” vs. 18.7”). The X2’s rear step up height is 2 inches lower than the Macan’s (17” vs. 19”).

Cargo Capacity

The X2 has a much larger cargo volume than the Macan with its rear seat up (21.6 vs. 17.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Macan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X2’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 X2 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 X2 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 X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Macan’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The X2’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 X2 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Macan doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X2 and the Porsche Macan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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