2020 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Tesla Model X

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Macan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Tesla Model X doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 Model X 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Macan’s standard Porsche Hill Control allows you to creep down safely. The Model X doesn’t offer Porsche Hill Control.

The Macan offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Model X only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Macan has standard Porsche Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Model X doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Macan and the Model X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Model X’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 3 times as many Porsche dealers as there are Tesla dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Macan’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Macan’s reliability 37 points higher than the Model X.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Tesla vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 16 places higher in reliability than Tesla.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Macan’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel is 455.4 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Model X’s range is only 295 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only a 54% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 82 hours and 53 minutes.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Macan Turbo’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Model X:

Macan Turbo

Model X

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

14.4 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 Model X doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Macan has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Model X doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

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The Macan has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Model X; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Macan’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Model X’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet). The Macan Turbo’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Model X’s (39.3 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Macan has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Model X (8 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Macan’s minimum ground clearance is .1 inch higher than on the Model X (9 vs. 8.9 inches).

Chassis

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The Porsche Macan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1150 pounds less than the Tesla Model X.

The Macan is 1 foot, 1.8 inches shorter than the Model X, making the Macan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Macan is 5.3 inches narrower than the Model X, making the Macan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

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The Macan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Model X 6-Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Towing

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While the Model X w/22” wheels can only tow 3500, any Macan can tow a minimum of 4409 pounds.

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Macan to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Tesla doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Model X.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Model X, the Macan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Macan’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Model X doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Macan has a standard rear wiper. The Model X doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Macan’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Model X doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Macan keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Model X doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Macan has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Model X doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Macan owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Macan with a number “5” insurance rate while the Model X is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Macan is less expensive to operate than the Model X because typical repairs cost much less on the Macan than the Model X, including $534 less for a water pump and $397 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

The Porsche Macan outsold the Tesla Model X by 19% during the 2019 model year.

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