2020 Porsche Macan vs. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Macan. But it costs extra on the Atlas Cross Sport.

Both the Macan and the Atlas Cross Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, 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 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the Atlas Cross Sport’s (12/unlimited vs. 7/100,000).

Reliability

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The battery on the Macan is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Macan’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Atlas Cross Sport’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 62 points higher than the Atlas Cross Sport.

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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 27th.

Engine

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The Macan has more powerful engines than the Atlas Cross Sport:

Horsepower

Torque

Macan 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

248 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

Macan S 3.0 turbo V6

348 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

Macan GTS 2.9 turbo V6

375 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

Macan Turbo 2.9 turbo V6

434 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Atlas Cross Sport 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

235 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Atlas Cross Sport 3.6 DOHC V6

276 HP

266 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Macan gets better fuel mileage than the MDX:

MPG

Macan

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/23 hwy

S 3.0 turbo V6

18 city/23 hwy

GTS 2.9 turbo V6

17 city/22 hwy

Turbo 2.9 turbo V6

17 city/22 hwy

Atlas Cross Sport

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/23 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/23 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/22 hwy

The Macan has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Atlas Cross Sport (19.8 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport (3 to 5). This means the Macan produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Atlas Cross Sport 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 Atlas Cross Sport 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 Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Macan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Atlas Cross Sport:

Macan

Macan S

Macan Turbo

Macan Turbo opt.

Atlas Cross Sport

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

15.6 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

14 inches

14.6 inches

12.2 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 Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the Macan has larger standard rear tires than the Atlas Cross Sport (255/55R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Macan’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the Atlas Cross Sport (295/35R21 vs. 265/45R21).

The Macan’s standard 255/55R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Atlas Cross Sport’s standard 60 series tires. The Macan’s optional 265/40R21 front and 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Macan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Macan flat and controlled during cornering. The Atlas Cross Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Macan offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Atlas Cross Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better maneuverability, the Macan’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Atlas Cross Sport’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.5 feet). The Macan Turbo’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Atlas Cross Sport’s (39.3 feet vs. 40.5 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Macan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Atlas Cross Sport (9 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Macan is 11 inches shorter than the Atlas Cross Sport, 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 Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Towing

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The Macan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Atlas Cross Sport’s (4409 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Macan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Atlas Cross Sport. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 62% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Atlas Cross Sport SEL, 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 Atlas Cross Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Macan’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Atlas Cross Sport has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Macan has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Atlas Cross Sport SE/SEL.

Recommendations

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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 Atlas Cross Sport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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