2021 BMW X3 M vs. 2020 Porsche Macan

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Safety

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The X3 M’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Macan doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The X3 M has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Macan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To help make backing safer, the X3 M’s 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.

The X3 M’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Macan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X3 M 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, 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 and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 M 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 X3 M’s warranty.

Engine

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The X3 M has more powerful engines than the Macan:

Horsepower

Torque

X3 M 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

473 HP

442 lbs.-ft.

X3 M Competition 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

503 HP

469 lbs.-ft.

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.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X3 M, 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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For better stopping power the X3 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Macan:

X3 M

Macan

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the X3 M has larger standard tires than the Macan (F:245/45R20 & R:265/45R20 vs. F:235/60R18 & R:255/55R18).

The X3 M’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Macan’s standard 60 series front and 55 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 M has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Macan.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X3 M’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Macan (112.8 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

The X3 M’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the Macan’s (55.7% to 44.3%). This gives the X3 M more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X3 M’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The X3 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (28.7 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The X3 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (62.7 vs. 52.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X3 M’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 X3 M’s 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 X3 M 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 X3 M the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote or with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the Macan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X3 M’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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X3 M has standard extendable sun visors. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The X3 M’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Macan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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The BMW X3 outsold the Porsche Macan by over three to one during 2019.

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