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The Q8’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Macan doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the Q8 and Macan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q8 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Macan’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q8 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Macan doesn’t offer a night vision system.
To help make backing safer, the Q8’s optional 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 Q8 and the Macan 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.
The Audi Q8 weighs 575 to 906 pounds more than the Porsche Macan. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q8 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Macan has not been tested, yet.
There are over 58 percent more Audi dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q8’s warranty.
The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 87 more horsepower (335 vs. 248) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 273) than the Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 354) than the Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6.
The Q8 has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Macan (22.5 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Audi Q8, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.
For better stopping power the Q8’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Macan:
For better traction, the Q8 has larger standard tires than the Macan (275/50R20 vs. 235/60R18). The Q8’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Macan (285/45R21 vs. 265/40R21).
The Q8’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Macan’s standard 60 series front and 55 series rear tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Macan. The Q8’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Macan.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q8’s wheelbase is 7.4 inches longer than on the Macan (117.9 inches vs. 110.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q8 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Macan.
The design of the Audi Q8 amounts to more than styling. The Q8 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Macan (.35 to .37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q8 get better fuel mileage.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q8’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Q8 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (30.5 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Q8 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (60.7 vs. 52.9 cubic feet).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q8’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Macan doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Q8’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Macan’s (7700 vs. 4409 pounds).
The Q8 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Macan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Q8’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Macan.
The Q8 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Macan doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
If the windows are left open on the Q8 Premium Plus/Prestige the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Macan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Q8’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Macan’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q8 has standard extendable sun visors. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.
A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q8 and power rear side window sunshades are standard in the Q8 Prestige to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Macan doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
The Q8 Prestige offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Macan.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Q8 second among midsize premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Macan isn’t in the top three in its category.
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