2021 Volvo V60 vs. 2020 Porsche Macan

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Safety

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The V60’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.

Both the V60 and Macan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Macan’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Macan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake 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 V60’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 V60’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 V60 and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 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 47 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the V60’s warranty.

Engine

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The V60 has more powerful engines than the Macan:

Horsepower

Torque

V60 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

V60 T8 Polestar 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

415 HP

494 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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Macan:

MPGe

V60

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

Macan

MPG

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

On the EPA test cycle the V60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Macan:

MPG

V60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

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

The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The Macan must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The V60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Macan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.

Tires and Wheels

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The V60’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.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Macan (113.1 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Macan’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The V60’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Macan Turbo’s (37.1 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

Chassis

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The V60 is 7.7 inches shorter in height than the Macan, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 has a much larger cargo volume than the Macan with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 17.6 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the V60’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 V60 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Macan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The V60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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 V60 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. The driver of the Macan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Macan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Macan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The V60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Macan.

The V60’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot 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 V60 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Macan doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the V60 is less expensive to operate than the Macan because typical repairs cost much less on the V60 than the Macan, including $15 less for a water pump, $699 less for a muffler, $184 less for front brake pads, $94 less for a starter, $27 less for fuel injection, $354 less for front struts, $562 less for a timing belt/chain and $437 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo V60 will be $6171 to $8495 less than for the Porsche Macan.

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