2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Volvo XC40

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Macan. But it costs extra on the XC40.

Both the Macan and the XC40 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, 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, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 62 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 18 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

The Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 61 more horsepower (248 vs. 187) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 221) than the XC40 T4’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Macan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the XC40 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 100 more horsepower (348 vs. 248) and 94 lbs.-ft. more torque (352 vs. 258) than the XC40 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Macan has 5.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC40 (19.8 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 XC40 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 XC40 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Macan S’ brake rotors are larger than those on the XC40:

 

Macan S

XC40

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The Macan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the XC40 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Macan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC40 (F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21 vs. 245/45R20).

The Macan’s optional 265/40R21 front and 295/35R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC40’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan offers optional 21-inch wheels. The XC40’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Macan’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the XC40 (110.5 inches vs. 106.4 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Macan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XC40 (9 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

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 XC40 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Payload and Towing

The Macan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC40’s (4409 vs. 3500 pounds).

The Macan has a much higher standard payload capacity than the XC40 (1435 vs. 925 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Macan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XC40. 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 Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 32% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the XC40, 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 optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC40 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Macan keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The XC40 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 costs extra on the XC40.

Recommendations

The Porsche Macan outsold the Volvo XC40 by 89% during 2018.

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