2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs. 2019 Porsche Macan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Golf Alltrack has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Macan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Golf Alltrack (except S) offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Macan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Golf Alltrack’s 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.

Both the Golf Alltrack and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Golf Alltrack the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 155 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Macan has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Golf Alltrack comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Macan’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

There are over 3 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Golf Alltrack’s warranty.

Reliability

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Macan’s 3.0 turbo V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Macan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels

The Golf Alltrack’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Macan’s standard 60 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Golf Alltrack’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Macan’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 900 pounds less than the Porsche Macan.

The Golf Alltrack is 4.7 inches shorter than the Macan, making the Golf Alltrack easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack amounts to more than styling. The Golf Alltrack has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Macan (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Golf Alltrack get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (66.5 vs. 52.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Golf Alltrack (except S) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Macan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, 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 Golf Alltrack (except S)’s optional Park 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 Volkswagen Golf comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Porsche Macan isn’t available as a four door.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The Macan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Macan has never been chosen.

The Volkswagen Golf/GTI outsold the Porsche Macan by 80% during 2018.

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