2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Porsche Macan

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Safety

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To help make backing safer, the X2’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Macan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the X2 and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X2 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Macan has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Porsche pays for maintenance for the Macan (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 82 percent more BMW dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X2’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X2 third among small premium suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Macan isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in initial quality. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 24th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the X2 M35i is faster than the Macan S 3.0 turbo V6:

X2

Macan

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.9 sec

12.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.6 sec

3.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

103 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 xDrive28i xDrive with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Macan Auto turbo 4 cyl. (24 city/31 hwy vs. 19 city/23 hwy).

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X2, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.

Brakes and Stopping

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The X2 stops shorter than the Macan:

X2

Macan

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

163 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Macan’s standard 60 series front and 55 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X2 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Macan doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Macan’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The X2’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Macan Turbo’s (37.2 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 700 pounds less than the Porsche Macan.

The X2 is 1 foot shorter than the Macan, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW X2 amounts to more than styling. The X2 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .31 to .33 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Macan (.35 to .37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X2 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the Macan S:

X2

Macan

At idle

37 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The X2 has a much larger cargo volume than the Macan with its rear seat up (21.6 vs. 17.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Macan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X2’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Macan doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The X2 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Macan doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the X2 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Macan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X2’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Macan’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The X2’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Macan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The X2 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Macan doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the X2 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X2 will cost $725 to $6125 less than the Macan over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X2 will be $9687 to $28719 less than for the Porsche Macan.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X2 and the Porsche Macan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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