2018 Porsche Macan vs. 2018 BMW X4

The 2018 Porsche Macan and 2018 BMW X4 are two of the most highly regarded crossover SUVs on the market today. The Macan is praised for its performance, with surprising speed for a vehicle of its size while the BMW X4 also has excellent performance with a trim level that is well equipped. This has left many wondering which of the two is better.

Design & Style

Both of these SUVs are outright gorgeous. The Porsche Macan has a streamlined exterior that is as smooth as silk, with long, refined lines that instantly convey it as being a vehicle for the privileged. The designers at BMW left no stone unturned however when designing the X4. It is slightly boxier than the Macan, especially in the front, but has that classic BMW look that enthusiasts love. The interior of both is ultra-comfortable, offering luxuries such as climate control which is dual zone, leather seats, and connectivity for Bluetooth, touch screens and outstanding audio.

Technology & Safety

Both of these vehicles seat a maximum of five passengers and are evenly matched when it comes to interior space. They are also tied when it comes to fuel economy, with both getting 20 mpg. Each incorporates a four-wheel anti-brake system but the Porsche Macan has slightly higher fuel capacity in its tank, at 19.8 gallons versus only 17.7 gallons for the BMW X4. Both vehicles have done exceptionally wheel on safety tests, and use rack pinion steering. The front wheels of each SUV are made with aluminum, and the same is the case for the rear wheels. The Porsche Macan is lighter in weight, at 3902 pounds versus 4,130 pounds for the BMW X4.


The Porsche Macan has a slight edge in performance, with a turbo premium intercooled unleaded I-4 engine that can produce a maximum of 252 horsepower at 5000 rpm. The BMW X4, by comparison, has the exact same engine type but produces a maximum of 240 horsepower with 5000 rpm. Each uses a gasoline injection direct fuel system and their performance metrics are so close overall that few fortunate enough to drive both will notice a real difference.

The Bottom Line

The BMW X4 and Porsche Macan are unbelievably close when it comes to seating capacity, mpg, safety, looks and performance. Even the asking price for each is about the same. However, the BMW X4 wants too much extra money for Apple CarPlay, and while the overall space is similar to the Porsche, the headroom in the back seat has been compromised, so in this tightly contested race the Porsche Macan comes out on top.

Ready to Schedule a Porsche Macan Test Drive Today?

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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