Porsche Macan vs BMW X3 vs Lexus NX vs Mercedes-Benz GLC vs Jaguar F-PACE Comparison at Porsche Ann Arbor

Porsche Macan vs BMW X3 vs Lexus NX vs Mercedes-Benz GLC vs Jaguar F-PACE Comparison

Compact luxury SUVs have rapidly expanded in popularity among drivers living active lifestyles or those with growing families. These impressive vehicles offer eye-catching styling, luxurious interiors, and potent performance that invigorates every journey. As a result, the most discerning drivers have continued to choose the Porsche Macan for its optimized balance of comfort, handling, and unmatched power. If you’ve been skeptical, Porsche Ann Arbor is here to prove that the Macan is the best option. We’ve assembled this informative guide which puts the Macan up against its top rivals which include the BMW X3, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Jaguar F-PACE. Once you see the results, you’ll understand why luxury shoppers continue to choose Porsche.


Porsche Macan vs BMW X3

2021 Porsche Macan
2021 BMW X3
2021 Porsche Macan VS 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i
$52,100 MSRP $45,000
248 Horsepower 248
273 ✓ Torque 258
19.8 gallons ✓ Fuel Tank Capacity 17.2 gallons
Standard, Front/Rear ✓ Parking Sensors Optional
Leather / Alcantara Suede ✓ Seat Material Leatherette
Standard ✓ Satellite Radio Optional
Standard ✓ Front Knee Airbags Not Available
Standard ✓ Voice Activated Controls Optional
4 ✓ 12V DC Power Outlets 2

The first contender to face off against the Porsche Macan is the BMW X3. Looking at performance, the X3 falls short of the Macan in the torque category. Drivers craving the most responsive driving experience from their compact luxury SUV should choose the Macan. It also features a fuel tank that boasts 2.6 additional gallons of capacity, which means less frequent stops at the gas pump on extended road trips.

Inside, the advantages of the Macan really shine. Premium features like voice-activated controls and satellite radio are included as standard equipment. BMW drivers are only able to receive these great features by selecting costly options. While Macan owners can relax into comfortable yet supportive seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara suede, the X3 only offers simulated leatherette seating surfaces. To help all occupants stay connected on the road, the Porsche Macan offers a total of 4 12V DC power outlets compared to just 2 in the X3.

There are also a few safety benefits you’ll receive by driving a Porsche Macan. Front knee airbags provide an added layer of protection in the event of a collision and are included as standard on the Macan. They are not offered on the BMW X3. Perfect for when reversing in or out of a tight space, the Porsche Macan includes standard parking sensors located at the front and rear of the vehicle. To receive a similar feature in the X3, you’ll be required to pay extra for an added-cost option.


Porsche Macan vs Lexus NX

2021 Porsche Macan Exterior
2021 Lexus NX
2021 Porsche Macan VS 2021 Lexus NX 300 F Sport AWD
$52,100 MSRP $41,110
248 ✓ Horsepower 235
273 ✓ Torque 258
7 ✓ Transmission Speeds 6
19.8 gallons ✓ Fuel Tank Capacity 15.9 gallons
Standard, Front/Rear ✓ Parking Sensors Optional
Standard ✓ Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers Not Available
Power Liftgate ✓ Rear Cargo Door Optional Power
Standard ✓ Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Leather / Alcantara Suede ✓ Seat Material Leatherette
40 / 40 / 20 ✓ Rear Seat Split 60 / 40
Standard, Separate Controls ✓ Rear HVAC Not Available

The next contender to go head-to-head against the Porsche Macan is the Lexus NX. Once again, the challenger is no match for the potent performance found under the hood of the Macan. Greater horsepower and torque figures along with a more sophisticated 7-speed automatic transmission gives the Macan the edge over the Lexus NX. Again, its larger fuel tank will lead to less-frequent stops at the gas station in order to fill up on extended road trips.

You’ll also receive several driver-assistive technologies on the Porsche Macan which help you drive with greater confidence. Standard front and rear parking sensors make maneuvering the Macan easier while rain-sensing windshield wipers provide assistance during inclement weather conditions. The NX cannot match either of these impressive technologies.

Convenience features and refinement are the final two categories in which the Macan tops the NX. Use the standard power liftgate on the Macan to access the cargo area even with your hands full. Also, a standard universal garage door opener allows for quick entry and exit from your garage. Similar equipment costs extra at Lexus.

Lastly, the level of refinement found inside the Porsche Macan proves to be a more pleasant environment for both drivers and passengers. While the Lexus NX offers simulated leather seating surfaces, the Macan delivers superior leather and Alcantara Suede for maximum comfort. The rear seat of the Macan is split 40/40/20, perfect for carrying long skis along with passengers for the trip up the mountain. Speaking of rear seat passengers, they will certainly have a preference for the Macan as well. Porsche offers standard rear HVAC controls to allow rear passengers to fine-tune their comfort preferences. The Lexus NX does not offer this feature.


Porsche Macan vs Mercedes-Benz GLC

2021 Porsche Macan Side Profile
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV
2021 Porsche Macan VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Base
$52,100 MSRP $45,200
248 Horsepower 255
LED Headlight Type LED
Standard LED Brake Lights Standard
Leather / Alcantara Suede ✓ Seating Surfaces Leatherette
Standard ✓ Rear HVAC Controls Not Available
Standard ✓ Integrated Navigation Not Available
Standard ✓ Satellite Radio Optional
Standard ✓ Voice-Activated Audio Controls Optional
10 ✓ Number of Speakers 6
Standard ✓ Wheel Locks Optional

In this third comparison, the Porsche Macan goes up against the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV. Although the Macan and GLC SUV are essentially equivalents in terms of performance, there are still plenty of reasons to choose Porsche. Also as we’ve noted previously, the standard premium equipment included as standard helps the Macan rise above its competition. This equipment is something that costs extra at Mercedes-Benz.

Drivers continue to prefer Porsche vehicles for their sophisticated engineering and advanced equipment. Choosing the Macan means that you will receive standard wheel locks for added protection, satellite radio with voice-activated audio controls for a more engaging drive, and a greater number of speakers for a sublime listening experience. All of which are only optional on the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Choosing the Macan means that you will receive standard wheel locks for added protection, satellite radio with voice-activated audio controls for a more engaging drive, integrated navigation, and rear HVAC controls.


Porsche Macan vs Jaguar F-PACE

2021 Porsche Macan
Jaguar F-PACE Styling
2021 Porsche Macan VS 2021 Jaguar F-PACE 25t
$52,100 MSRP $49,995
248 ✓ Horsepower 247
273 lb-ft ✓ Torque 269 lb-ft
Standard Front Fog Lights Not Available
Standard ✓ Rear HVAC Not Available
Available ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Requires Higher Trim Level
Driver / Passenger ✓ Heated Seats Optional
Alcantara / Leather ✓ Seat Material LuxTec Leatherette
Standard with Voice Activation ✓ Navigation System Optional

Last but certainly not least, the Porsche Macan goes up against yet another of its most formidable rivals – the Jaguar F-PACE. Although they share similar performance characteristics, the Macan still has a slight advantage when comparing torque figures. When it comes to lighting innovation, the Macan is the clear favorite with standard front fog lights. The Jaguar F-PACE does not offer similar features despite a similar price tag.

Looking next at interior refinement and technology, Porsche continues to outperform Jaguar. Helping to keep back seat passengers comfortable inside the Macan are standard rear HVAC controls, great for personalizing your temperature preferences. Both the driver and passenger will appreciate the standard heated front seats of the Macan as well. While the F-PACE comes standard with LuxTec imitation leather upholstery, Macan owners will receive a combination of genuine leather and Alcantara suede for superior refinement.

Technology is yet another reason to choose the Macan over the F-PACE. Porsche owners can equip their Macan with Adaptive Cruise Control, an excellent feature for those who often find themselves dealing with the stress of stop-and-go traffic. Better still, the Macan comes standard with a navigation system featuring voice-activated controls to help you reach your destination on time. Both of these great features will force you to shell out additional cash or step up to a higher trim level of the Jaguar F-PACE. By the time you run the numbers, you’ll find yourself spending more on the F-PACE than you would have by choosing the Porsche Macan.


2021 Porsche Macan Comparison Winner

Comparison Winner – Porsche Macan

No matter which category you choose to investigate, the clear winner of this comparison is the Porsche Macan. In terms of performance, premium standard equipment, safety, and superior engineering — the competition at BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar simply cannot compete with Porsche. Our team of Porsche Brand Ambassadors at Porsche Ann Arbor are eager to introduce you to the Porsche Macan and to help you choose the model which perfectly suits your needs and lifestyle.

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