2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Range Rover Sport 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.

Both the Macan and the Range Rover Sport 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 crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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

There are over 9 percent more Porsche dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Macan’s warranty.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 81 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 104 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Porsche Macan as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

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 Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the Macan has larger standard rear tires than the Range Rover Sport (255/55R18 vs. 235/65R19). The Macan’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the Range Rover Sport (295/35R21 vs. 275/40R22).

The Macan’s standard 235/60R18 front and 255/55R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series front and 55 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 65 series tires. The Macan’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Range Rover Sport’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Macan’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The Macan’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Porsche Macan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 850 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

The Macan is 7.2 inches shorter than the Range Rover Sport, making the Macan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Macan is 5.9 inches narrower than the Range Rover Sport, making the Macan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The Macan is 7.1 inches shorter in height than the Range Rover Sport, making the Macan much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

The Macan has a much larger cargo volume than the Range Rover Sport with its rear seat up (17.6 vs. 7.8 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 62% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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