2018 Porsche Macan vs. 2018 Cadillac XT5

The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is a luxurious SUV that is equipped with a V6 engine and has outstanding quality both in the interior and exterior. However, it is rivaled by the 2018 Porsche Macan, an SUV noted for its high speed, plethora of options and GTS performance. Which of them is superior?

Design & Style

In terms of design, the Macan borrows a lot from the Cayenne, which is not a bad thing. The tailgate has been smoothened with LED lights that wrap around it. The turbo edition has quad tailpipes which have been squared off, and inside it is complete with lots of controls and a touchscreen that is centrally located. The ignition of the Porsche Macan is mounted on the left. The Cadillac XT5 is crisp and pristine. While the outside looks good, it is the interior that really stands out. The headlights have been swept back, with LED strips that extend far into the bumper. Inside an eight-inch touchscreen can be seen on the dashboard, with buttons for climate control. The panels are covered in suede or vinyl like materials.

Technology & Safety

The safety test scores of the Cadillac XT5 are conflicting, which is somewhat a cause for concern. However, it comes with a lot of safety devices, such as control for traction and stability, emergency automated brakes and seven different airbags. While the IIHS gave it stellar ratings overall, it was criticized for the headlights, which were given a “Marginal” grade. The LEDs were given an even worse rating, due to lacking halogens or high beams which are automatic. The Porsche Macan is equipped with airbags for all its passengers, and also has warnings for lane departures, monitoring for blind spots, and a camera which is surround view.


The Porsche Macan has an excellent suspension which gives it surprising speed for a crossover SUV. It is equipped with a turbo 4 engine which can produce up to 252 horsepower with 273 pounds of torque, allowing it to get from zero to sixty in just over six seconds. The Cadillac XT5 has been praised for its powerful engine, a V6 3.6 liter that can produce up to 310 horsepower with 271 pounds of torque. Its suspension has also been designed in such a way where it adjusts damping continuously.

The Bottom Line

The Porsche Macan and Cadillac XT5 are extremely close for a number of metrics, including luxury features, price and performance. And even though the XT5 has a horsepower advantage, it has problematic driving dynamics in its front wheels, its safety scores are lacking, and its controls can be frustrating to use, so the Porsche Macan wins.

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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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