2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe vs. 2020 BMW X5

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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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Cayenne Coupe. But it costs extra on the X5.

Both the Cayenne Coupe and the X5 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, 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.

Engine

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The Cayenne Coupe has more powerful engines than the X5:

Horsepower

Torque

Cayenne Coupe 3.0 turbo V6

335 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne S Coupe 2.9 turbo V6

434 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid

455 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne Turbo Coupe 4.0 turbo V8

541 HP

568 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid

670 HP

663 lbs.-ft.

X5 s/xDrive40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

X5 xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

456 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

X5 M50i 4.4 turbo V8

523 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The X5 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 (23.7 vs. 21.9 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Cayenne Coupe

Cayenne Coupe

X5 xDrive40i

X5 M Sport

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

17.3 inches

13.7 inches

15.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

16.1 inches

13.6 inches

14.6 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 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 doesn’t offer air brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cayenne Coupe has larger standard tires than the X5 (F:275/45R20 & R:305/40R20 vs. 265/50R19). The Cayenne Coupe’s optional front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X5 (F:285/40R21 & R:315/35R21 vs. F:275/40R21 & R:315/35R21).

The Cayenne Coupe’s standard 275/45R20 front and 305/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X5’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayenne Coupe has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the X5.

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 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better maneuverability, the Cayenne Coupe’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the X5’s (39.8 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Cayenne Coupe Air Suspension has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (9.6 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Cayenne Coupe to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The design of the Porsche Cayenne Coupe amounts to more than styling. The Cayenne Coupe offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .34 to .35 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the X5 (.36 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Cayenne Coupe get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cayenne Coupe’s rear seats recline. The X5’s middle row 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’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.

Payload and Towing

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The Cayenne Coupe’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X5’s (7700 vs. 6603 pounds).

The Cayenne Coupe has a much higher standard payload capacity than the X5 (1150 vs. 827 lbs.).

The Cayenne Coupe has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the X5 (1499 vs. 871 lbs.).

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 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 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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