2020 Audi SQ5 vs. 2020 Porsche Macan

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Safety

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The SQ5’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.

To help make backing safer, the SQ5’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 SQ5 and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the SQ5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 169 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Macan has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 59 percent more Audi dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the SQ5’s warranty.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 4 places higher in reliability than Porsche.

Engine

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The SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 101 more horsepower (349 vs. 248) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 273) than the Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 1 more horsepower (349 vs. 348) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 354) than the Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the SQ5 gets better fuel mileage than the Macan S Auto 3.0 turbo V6 (19 city/24 hwy vs. 18 city/23 hwy).

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Audi SQ5, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the SQ5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Macan:

SQ5

Macan

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the SQ5 has larger tires than the Macan (255/45R20 vs. 235/60R18).

The SQ5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 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 SQ5 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Macan.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the SQ5’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Macan’s (38.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The SQ5’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Macan Turbo’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the SQ5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Macan (8.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the SQ5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The design of the Audi SQ5 amounts to more than styling. The SQ5 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 SQ5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the SQ5’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The SQ5 has a much larger cargo volume than the Macan with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 17.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the SQ5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Macan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the SQ5’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.

Ergonomics

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The SQ5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 SQ5 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 also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Macan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the SQ5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Macan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the SQ5 has standard extendable sun visors. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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