2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2019 Porsche Macan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Safety

The Range Rover Sport’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.

Both the Range Rover Sport and Macan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Sport has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Macan’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Sport’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 Range Rover Sport’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.

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

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport weighs 480 to 1022 pounds more than the Porsche Macan. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Engine

The Range Rover Sport has more powerful engines than the Macan:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover Sport Td6 3.0 turbo V6 diesel

254 HP

443 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Macan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

Macan S 3.0 turbo V6

348 HP

352 lbs.-ft.

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 6 more horsepower (254 vs. 248) and 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 273) than the Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 91 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 352) than the Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Macan must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan (22.7 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 7.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan (27.6 vs. 19.8 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, 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 Range Rover Sport Gas’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Macan:

 

Range Rover Sport Diesel

Range Rover Sport Gas

Macan

Macan S

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

15 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.4 inches

13 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Macan (275/40R22 vs. 265/40R21).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Macan. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Macan.

The Range Rover Sport 5-Passenger offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Macan, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Sport V8 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Macan doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Macan, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Sport’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the Macan (115.1 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 2.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Macan (10.9 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Sport’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the Macan (10.9 vs. 9 inches).

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Macan can only carry 5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Range Rover Sport’s middle row seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the Macan.

 

Range Rover Sport

Macan

Third Seat Removed

24.8 cubic feet

17.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

55.8 cubic feet

52.9 cubic feet

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Sport’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, 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.

Payload and Towing

The Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Macan’s (7716 vs. 4409 pounds).

The Range Rover Sport has a higher standard payload capacity than the Macan (1631 vs. 1435 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Range Rover Sport has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Macan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Range Rover Sport’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 Range Rover Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Sport has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Macan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Range Rover Sport’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Macan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Macan doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional 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.

Recommendations

The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The Macan has never been chosen.

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport outsold the Porsche Macan by 778 units during 2018.

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