2018 Porsche Macan vs. 2018 Audi Q5

The 2018 Porsche Macan and 2018 Audi Q5 are two of the top SUVs on the market. The Macan is a real dynamo when it comes to performance and power, while the Audi Q5 offers outstanding tech with lots of comforts. Which of these two is the better buy?

Design & Style

The Audi is very conservative when it comes to its design. It is clear that the engineers spent more time working on the interior than the exterior, which is not to say that it looks bad, but doesn’t have the wow factor that is manifested by the Macan. The Porsche has a sleek, aerodynamic outer shell which makes it clear this is an SUV for those with deep pockets. Its sophisticated curves and lines are a real head turner.

Technology & Safety

The interior of the Audi Q5 is where it really shines and is a true rival to the Macan. It is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, infotainment screens, climate control which is dual zone, a rearview camera, and power seats, windows and everything else. The Porsche Macan also has many of the same amenities, such as infotainment, touchscreens, keyless ignition, climate control, and powered leather seats, but the Audi Q5 is truly state of the art. The Audi has a fuel economy of 23 mpg versus 20 mpg for the Macan.


Both SUVs are tied when it comes to seating, as each can hold a maximum of five. Both utilize a four-wheel anti-brake system and rack pinion steering, but the Porsche Macan has a slightly superior fuel capacity at 19.8 gallons versus only 18.5 for the Audi Q5. The Porsche Macan is also lighter in weight, at 3,902 pounds versus 4,045 pounds for the Q5. Both vehicles use the same type of engine, which is the Turbo Premium Intercooled Unleaded I-4 Engine. They are tied when it comes to horsepower, with the Porsche Macan and Audi Q5 producing a maximum of 273 horsepower at 1600 rpm. Both also use the same fuel system, which is direct gasoline injection.

The Bottom Line

Making a choice between the Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan isn’t easy. Both are tied when it comes to essential metrics such as seating and engine performance. However, compared to the Macan, the Audi is rather plain when it comes to appearance and although its tech has a slight advantage, it also requires too much acclimation, which will be a hassle for some. When you throw in the fact that it isn’t a very sport SUV, the Porsche Macan is the better buy.

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Feel how it is like to drive a luxury car offering the total package like that of what the 2018 Porsche Macan offers. You can drive this stellar car here with us at Manhattan Motorcars. We are located in New York, and we are servicing the needs of car buyers in the Tri-State area. Visit us today at our showroom or call us to book your Porsche Macan test drive appointment in advance.

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