2019 BMW X6 vs. 2018 Porsche Macan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The X6’s optional 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.

The X6 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Macan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X6 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Macan doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X6’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 X6 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 X6 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 around view monitors.


BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X6 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 X6’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the X6 first among midsize 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.


The X6 has more powerful engines than the Macan:




X6 s/xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

302 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

X6 xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

445 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

Macan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

Macan S 3.0 turbo V6

340 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

Macan GTS 3.0 turbo V6

360 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Macan Turbo 3.6 turbo V6

400 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Macan Turbo 3.6 turbo V6

440 HP

442 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X6 xDrive35i gets better fuel mileage than the Macan S (18 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

The X6 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan (22.4 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.

Brakes and Stopping

The X6 stops much shorter than the Macan:





60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the X6 has larger standard tires than the Macan (255/50R19 vs. 235/55R19). The X6’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Macan (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21).

The X6’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. The X6 xDrive50i’s optional 275/35R21 front and 315/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Macan’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X6 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Macan.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X6 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 X6 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Porsche doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Macan.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X6’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Macan (115.5 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X6 is 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Macan.

The X6’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.2% to 49.8%) than the Macan’s (54.7% to 45.3%). This gives the X6 more stable handling and braking.

The X6 xDrive35i handles at .88 G’s, while the Macan S pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the X6 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Macan (8.3 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the X6 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The design of the BMW X6 amounts to more than styling. The X6 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .34 to .35 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Macan (.36 to .37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X6 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The X6 has 5.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Macan (101.4 vs. 96).

The X6 has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front shoulder room and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Macan.

Cargo Capacity

The X6 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (26.6 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The X6 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (59.7 vs. 53 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X6’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.


The X6’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Macan’s (6000 vs. 4409 pounds).


The X6’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Macan.

The X6 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 X6 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Macan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X6 has standard extendable sun visors. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The X6’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 X6 is available in both rear-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 X6 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X6 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Macan is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X6 is less expensive to operate than the Macan because typical repairs cost much less on the X6 than the Macan, including $45 less for front brake pads, $85 less for front struts and $323 less for a timing belt/chain.

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