2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2018 Porsche Macan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The QX30 (except Pure) offers optional InTouch Services™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, 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 QX30 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 and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Macan’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the Macan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Macan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 12 percent more Infiniti dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the QX30’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 5 places higher in reliability than Porsche.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 gets better fuel mileage than the Macan:

 

 

 

MPG

QX30

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 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 36 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Macan:

 

QX30

Macan

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The QX30’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 QX30 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 QX30 Essential AWD handles at .83 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 QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Macan Base/S’ (36.6 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Macan GTS/Turbo’s (37.3 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 750 pounds less than the Porsche Macan.

The QX30 is 10.1 inches shorter than the Macan, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the QX30 has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Macan uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The design of the Infiniti QX30 amounts to more than styling. The QX30 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .31 to .34 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 QX30 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the Macan Turbo:

 

QX30

Macan

At idle

41 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the QX30 is 2.3 inches lower than the Macan (16.4” vs. 18.7”). The QX30’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the Macan’s (17.2” vs. 19”).

Cargo Capacity

The QX30 has a much larger cargo volume than the Macan with its rear seat up (19.2 vs. 17.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX30 easier. The QX30’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.1 inches, while the Macan’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Porsche. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 2% lower rating, Porsche is ranked second.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the QX30 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.

The QX30 (except Pure/Luxe)’s optional Intelligent Park Assist 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 QX30 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 QX30 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the QX30 will cost $670 less than the Macan over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the Macan because it costs $360 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX30 than the Macan, including $524 less for a muffler, $208 less for front brake pads, $109 less for a starter, $52 less for fuel injection, $60 less for a fuel pump, $278 less for front struts and $341 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti QX30 will be $9787 to $35646 less than for the Porsche Macan.

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