2019 Mercedes E-Class Wagon vs. 2018 Porsche Macan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The E-Class Wagon’s 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.

To help make backing safer, the E-Class Wagon’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 E-Class Wagon’s 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 E-Class Wagon has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, 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 E-Class Wagon and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Wagon’s warranty.

Engine

The E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 110 more horsepower (362 vs. 252) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 273) than the Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 22 more horsepower (362 vs. 340) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 339) than the Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6. The E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 2 more horsepower (362 vs. 360) than the Macan GTS’ standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the E 400 4MATIC Wagon gets better fuel mileage than the Macan S (19 city/26 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

The E-Class Wagon has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan (21.1 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes E-Class Wagon higher (5 out of 10) than the Porsche Macan (3). This means the E-Class Wagon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Macan every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Wagon, 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 E-Class Wagon’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Macan:

 

E-Class Wagon

Macan

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13 inches

The E-Class Wagon stops much shorter than the Macan:

 

E-Class Wagon

Macan

 

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the E-Class Wagon has larger standard tires than the Macan (245/45R18 vs. 235/55R19).

The E-Class Wagon’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 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 E-Class Wagon 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 rear suspension of the E-Class Wagon 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.

The E-Class Wagon’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Macan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the E-Class Wagon’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer than on the Macan (115.7 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

The E-Class Wagon’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.7% to 48.3%) than the Macan’s (54.7% to 45.3%). This gives the E-Class Wagon more stable handling and braking.

The E 400 4MATIC Wagon handles at .87 G’s, while the Macan S pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The E 400 4MATIC Wagon executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Macan S (25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.2 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The E-Class Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Macan can only carry 5.

The E-Class Wagon has .6 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Macan.

Cargo Capacity

The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the Macan.

 

E-Class

Macan

Third Seat Folded

24.5 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

35 cubic feet

17.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

64 cubic feet

53 cubic feet

The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area is larger than the Macan’s in almost every dimension:

 

E-Class

Macan

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

46.3”/78.9”

39”/68.5”

Max Width

43.3”

46.7”

Min Width

32.2”

41”

Height

32.2”

29”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the E-Class Wagon’s second row 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 E-Class Wagon’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 E-Class Wagon 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 E-Class Wagon’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 E-Class Wagon 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.

If the windows are left open on the E-Class Wagon 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 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.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Wagon to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Macan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid. Its standard heated washer nozzles will defrost the washer fluid but not the windshield.

The E-Class Wagon 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 E-Class Wagon’s optional Active Parking 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 Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Porsche Macan isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or sedan.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the E-Class Wagon is less expensive to operate than the Macan because it costs $63 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the E-Class Wagon than the Macan, including $90 less for a muffler, $193 less for front brake pads, $35 less for a fuel pump, $265 less for front struts and $1 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Porsche Macan by almost two to one during the 2018 model year.

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