Porsche Macan vs Competition – 2024 Model Comparison Side-by-Side

Porsche Macan vs Competition – Model Comparison Side-by-Side

If you live an active lifestyle or you're searching for room for your growing family, compact luxury SUVs offer the perfect solution. Striking style, premium interiors, and capable performance are key attributes of these types of vehicles. For these and many more reasons, discerning drivers have continued to prefer the Porsche Macan for its proven combination of power, handling, and comfort. To help illustrate why the Macan is your best choice, we've assembled this in-depth comparison with three of its biggest rivals – the BMW X3, Lexus NX, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. After you see the results, you'll have a clear understanding of why luxury buyers continue to choose Porsche.

Porsche Macan VS BMW X3

Porsche Macan BMW X3
2024 Porsche Macan VS 2024 BMW X3 xDrive30i
$60,900 MSRP $48,900
261 ✓ Horsepower 248
295 ✓ Torque 258
Dual Clutch ✓ Transmission Type Automatic
5.8 seconds (with Sport Chrono package) ✓ 0-60 Time 6.0 seconds
Double Wishbone ✓ Front Suspension Type Strut
13 paint / 19 wheels/ 16 interior ✓ Appearance Options 11 paint / 6 wheels / 8 interior
4 ✓ Delivery Experience Options None
Optional ✓ Sport Exhaust System Not Available
1 Year ✓ Included Routine Maintenance None

BMW likes to be thought of as building "The Ultimate Driving Machine", and all sorts of dynamic handling packages and brake caliper options are available that you tend not to find on the more traditional luxury competition. But Porsche is not one of those traditional companies. The Macan is certainly comfortable and luxurious, but a look at the details shows that it was built for lively driving. It has more power, both horsepower and torque, and its 5.8-second 0-60 time is the result. But there's a lot more to it than straight-line speed. The Macan uses a dual-clutch transmission, favored for performance models because it executes shifts faster than any other type of transmission. Both of these models use a multi-link rear suspension setup, but the double wishbone setup in the Macan has more points of contact with the chassis, allowing for more precise steering control compared to the strut system found in the X3.

BMW offers a decent amount of appearance options for the X3, more than a lot of companies, but it pales in comparison to the choices you'll have for the Macan. 13 paint colors, 19 wheel options, and 16 different choices for interior upholstery. It's so much easier to make a Macan your Macan. Porsche even gives you five different optional seat belt colors, definitely not an option on the X3. You can select a sport exhaust system for the Macan, and a year of maintenance is included. But perhaps one of the biggest differences is the Delivery Experience options. You have the option to pick your Porsche up at one of four factories and get a tour of the factory while you're there. The specifics beyond that vary depending on which one you choose, but a couple of them feature an instructional session on the factory's racetrack.

Porsche Macan VS Lexus NX

Porsche Macan Lexus NX 350
2024 Porsche Macan VS 2024 Lexus NX 350 F Sport Handling AWD
$60,900 MSRP $49,465
261 Horsepower 275
295 Torque 317
6 seconds ✓ 0-60 time 6.6 seconds
144 mph ✓ Top Track Speed 127 mph
Dual Clutch ✓ Transmission Type Automatic
Double Wishbone ✓ Front Suspension Type Strut
13.6-inch rotors with four-piston calipers / 13-inch rotors with single-piston calipers ✓ Brakes (front/rear) 12.9-inch rotors with single-piston calipers / 12.5-inch rotors with single-piston calipers
19.8 gallons ✓ Fuel Tank Size 14.5 gallons
13 paint / 19 wheels/ 16 interior ✓ Appearance Options 10 paint / 1 wheel / 14 interior

As you can see, the NX 350 actually produces more power, thanks to a slightly larger engine. But a quick look at the 6.6-second 0-60 time, when compared to the 6 seconds (5.8 with the Sport Chrono package) that it takes the Macan, tells you that the Lexus isn't utilizing that power the same way the Porsche is. Part of this is the transmission. A dual-clutch, like you find in the Macan, can shift much faster than a traditional automatic. This helps in a straight line, but it helps even more in situations where you are shifting both up and down. The more sophisticated double wishbone front suspension setup will help with handling too.

The Macan boasts a higher top speed, another indicator of Porsche's attitude towards performance while building it. Not only that, but it will stop faster too, thanks to bigger brakes with more powerful calipers. You have a lot more customization options on the Macan, especially when it comes to wheels. Other trims of the NX have different wheels, but also don't have the performance of the NX 35 F Sport. So if you want the performance, you have to accept the one set of wheels. And while fuel tank size isn't something you'll see in a ton of comparisons, the NX's is weirdly small, and will definitely mean a lot more trips to the gas station.

Porsche Macan VS Mercedes-Benz GLC

Porsche Macan Mercedes-Benz GLC
2024 Porsche Macan VS 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC
$60,900 MSRP $47,100
261 ✓ Horsepower 255
295 ✓ Torque 295 lb-ft
6 seconds (5.8 w/Sport Chrono package) ✓ 0-60 Time 6.2 seconds
19 inches ✓ Wheel Size 18 inches
Standard ✓ Fog Lights Not Available
Leather / Alcantara Suede ✓ Upholstery Leatherette
10 ✓ Number of Speakers 6
4,409 lbs ✓ Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs
Optional ✓ Air Suspension Not Available
8.9 inches ✓ Max Ground Clearance 5.9 inches

By now you're familiar with the idea that the Macan is going to outperform its competitors, and a quick look at the numbers for this matchup tells the same story. But that's not all there is to the Macan, and a comparison to the GLC illustrates this point well. For starters, bigger wheels and fog lights give the Macan more of a presence. The styling of the Macan is generally much sportier and more striking as well. Inside, you'll find that leather comes standard on the Macan, and Porsche offers a huge range of bespoke and customization options as well. You'll also find a higher-end stereo with more speakers, always important.

Towing might not be what Porsche is famous for, but the Macan can still tow more – noticeably more – than the GLC, even the all-wheel-drive GLC. Air suspension is available for the Macan too, which gives a more comfortable ride, and is especially suited to off roading. Part of this is because it's adjustable, accounting for some of why the maximum ground clearance on the Macan is so much higher than on the GLC. But even with the stock suspension, the Macan rides a full two inches higher off the ground.

Winner — Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan

The one thing that can't be missed when comparing the Macan to any of its competitors is that it's built to be a driver's vehicle in a way that competitors simply aren't. More than just squeezing more horsepower out of grocery-getter, the Macan is built for performance from the ground up. Upgrade your driving experience to the kind you can only get in a Porsche.