2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe vs. 2020 BMW X5 M

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Cayenne Coupe are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 M doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Cayenne Coupe and the X5 M have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. BMW is ranked 17th.

Engine

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The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe’s 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid produces 53 more horsepower (670 vs. 617) and 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (663 vs. 553) than the X5 M Competition’s optional 4.4 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne Coupe running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the X5 M:

MPGe

Cayenne Coupe

AWD

Electric Motor

45 city/37 hwy

X5 M

MPG

4.4 turbo V8

13 city/18 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne Coupe running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the X5 M:

MPG

Cayenne Coupe

AWD

E-Hybrid 3.0 turbo V6

20 city/22 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/23 hwy

S 2.9 turbo V6

18 city/22 hwy

Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

15 city/19 hwy

X5 M

4.4 turbo V8

13 city/18 hwy

The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The X5 M must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The Cayenne Coupe’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 M (23.7 vs. 21.9 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cayenne Coupe Turbo’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the X5 M:

Cayenne Turbo

Cayenne opt.

X5 M

Front Rotors

16.3 inches

17.3 inches

15.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

16.1 inches

15 inches

The Cayenne Coupe offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The X5 M doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Cayenne Coupe Turbo has standard air brakes, which adjust the spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The X5 M doesn’t offer air brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayenne Coupe offers optional 22-inch wheels. The X5 M’s largest wheels are only 21-inches in the front and 22-inches in the rear.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cayenne Coupe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The X5 M doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better maneuverability, the Cayenne Coupe’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the X5 M’s (39.8 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Cayenne Coupe Air Suspension has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 M Competition (9.6 vs. 8.4 inches), allowing the Cayenne Coupe to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Porsche Cayenne Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 750 pounds less than the BMW X5 M.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cayenne Coupe’s rear seats recline. The X5 M’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cayenne Coupe’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5 M’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 46% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The Cayenne Coupe’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The X5 M does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Cayenne Coupe offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X5 M doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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