2021 BMW X4 M vs. 2020 Porsche Macan

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The X4 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 X4 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The X4 M offers optional Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Macan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the X4 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 X4 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 X4 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 X4 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 X4 M’s warranty.

Engine

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The X4 M has more powerful engines than the Macan:

Horsepower

Torque

X4 M 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

473 HP

442 lbs.-ft.

X4 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.

As tested in Car and Driver the X4 M Competition is faster than the Macan S 3.0 turbo V6:

X4 M

Macan

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8 sec

12.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.6 sec

5.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.7 sec

3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.1 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter Mile

11.6 sec

13.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

119 MPH

103 MPH

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X4 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 X4 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Macan:

X4 M

Macan

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

The X4 M stops much shorter than the Macan:

X4 M

Macan

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

163 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the X4 M has larger standard tires than the Macan (F:245/45R20 & R:265/45R20 vs. F:235/60R18 & R:255/55R18).

The X4 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 X4 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 X4 M’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Macan (112.8 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

The X4 M’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.9% to 50.1%) than the Macan’s (55.7% to 44.3%). This gives the X4 M more stable handling and braking.

The X4 M Competition handles at .97 G’s, while the Macan S pulls only .93 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the X4 M has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Macan (8.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the X4 M to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X4 M’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The X4 M has a larger cargo volume than the Macan with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 17.6 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X4 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 X4 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 X4 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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X4 M has standard extendable sun visors. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The X4 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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