2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Ford Edge

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 Ford Edge doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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

The Macan offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Edge only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Macan and the Edge 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.


The Macan comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Edge’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Edge’s (12 vs. 5 years).


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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked fifth.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 7 places higher in reliability than Ford.


The Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (248 vs. 245) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 13 more horsepower (348 vs. 335) than the Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Macan has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge (19.8 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


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 Edge 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 Edge doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Macan S’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:


Macan S


Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the Macan has larger standard rear tires than the Edge (255/55R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Macan’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the Edge (295/35R21 vs. 265/40R21).

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 Edge SE/SEL’s standard 60 series tires. The Macan’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Edge ST’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Macan offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Edge’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 Edge doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better maneuverability, the Macan’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Edge’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Macan’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (38.7 feet vs. 42 feet).


The Macan is 3.9 inches shorter than the Edge, making the Macan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.


The Macan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Edge’s (4409 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Macan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Edge. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 63% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Edge Titanium/ST, 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 fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Edge’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Macan offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Edge doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Macan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST.

The Macan has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST.

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