2020 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG GLE 63

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Safety

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The Macan has standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Macan and the AMG GLE 63 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG GLE 63’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 6 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Macan S Auto 3.0 turbo V6 gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 63 S 5.5 twin-turbo V8 (577 HP) (18 city/23 hwy vs. 14 city/18 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Porsche Macan higher (5 out of 10) than the Mercedes AMG GLE 63 (3). This means the Macan produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the AMG GLE 63 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Macan offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Macan’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Macan Turbo’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG GLE 63:

Macan Turbo

AMG GLE 63

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13.6 inches

The Macan 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 AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Chassis

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The Porsche Macan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1100 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GLE 63.

The Macan is 6.5 inches shorter than the AMG GLE 63 Coupe, making the Macan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Macan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 23% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked fifth.

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Macan has a standard rear wiper. The AMG GLE 63 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Porsche Macan offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The AMG GLE 63 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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

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