2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Macan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac XT4 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Macan has standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XT4 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Macan. But it costs extra on the XT4.

Both the Macan and the XT4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XT4’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 12th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 86 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 17 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

The Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (248 vs. 237) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 111 more horsepower (348 vs. 237) and 94 lbs.-ft. more torque (352 vs. 258) than the XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Macan has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XT4 FWD’s standard fuel tank (19.8 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Macan has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the XT4 AWD’s standard fuel tank (19.8 vs. 16.3 gallons).

Transmission

The Macan offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The XT4 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Macan’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The XT4 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Macan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XT4:

 

Macan

Macan S

XT4

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Macan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT4 (F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21 vs. 245/45R20).

The Macan’s standard 255/55R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT4’s standard 60 series tires. The Macan’s optional 265/40R21 front and 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the XT4 Premium/Sport’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan offers optional 21-inch wheels. The XT4’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Macan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Macan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The XT4 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Macan’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the XT4 (110.5 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Macan has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the XT4 (8 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Macan’s minimum ground clearance is 2.2 inches higher than on the XT4 (9 vs. 6.8 inches).

Chassis

The front grille of the Macan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XT4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

The Macan has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (52.9 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Towing

The Macan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT4’s (4409 vs. 2500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Macan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XT4. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Cadillac. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 3% lower rating, Cadillac is ranked third.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the XT4 Premium/Sport, the Macan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Macan’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT4’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Macan’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The XT4 Luxury’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The XT4 (except Luxury)’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Macan’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Recommendations

The Porsche Macan outsold the Cadillac XT4 by over three to one during 2018.

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