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Both the Macan and the A6 Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.
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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.
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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Audi is ranked 14th.
The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 13 more horsepower (348 vs. 335) than the A6 Allroad’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Macan GTS’ standard 2.9 turbo V6 produces 40 more horsepower (375 vs. 335) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 369) than the A6 Allroad’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid. The Macan Turbo’s standard 2.9 turbo V6 produces 99 more horsepower (434 vs. 335) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 369) than the A6 Allroad’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Macan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The A6 Allroad doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
For better stopping power the Macan Turbo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A6 Allroad:
Macan Turbo opt.
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 A6 Allroad doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.
For better traction, the Macan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A6 Allroad (F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21 vs. 245/45R20).
The Macan’s optional 265/40R21 front and 295/35R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A6 Allroad’s 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan offers optional 21-inch wheels. The A6 Allroad’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The Macan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Macan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The A6 Allroad doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Macan is .2 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A6 Allroad.
For greater off-road capability the Macan has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the A6 Allroad Premium Plus (8 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Macan’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the A6 Allroad Prestige (9 vs. 7.3 inches).
The Porsche Macan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 400 pounds less than the Audi A6 Allroad.
The Macan is 10.4 inches shorter than the A6 Allroad, 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 A6 Allroad doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 36% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the A6 Allroad, 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.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Macan offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The A6 Allroad doesn’t offer cornering lights.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche Macan, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Macan was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2020. The A6 Allroad has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
The Porsche Macan outsold the Audi A6/S6 by 27% during 2019.
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