The Porsche brand has always been associated with a sporty kind of luxury. It represents an aspirational vehicle that most people can only hope to afford in their lifetime.
But if you’re fortunate enough to have the funds, you have some amazing choices. Can you go wrong? Probably not. But still, you want to make the choice that’s best for your own lifestyle.
You know you want a Porsche. You know you want a sports utility vehicle. But which one is best for you, the Macan or the Cayenne?
Interestingly enough, these two SUVs usually outsell all other Porsche models combined.
Macan vs Cayenne
Let’s start with the most popular model: the Macan. This is the smaller and less expensive model, and so it naturally outsells the Cayenne. Does this mean it’s right for you? Maybe not. If you’re in the market for a Porsche, you already know the value of upgrading to luxury.
Both models are incredibly well-made and get similar rankings within the luxury midsize SUV market. They both have the same exact overall score from U.S. News & World Report (8.9 out of 10) but there are a few differences that could put one ahead of the other on your personal list.
Both SUVs score above average on reliability, according to data from J.D. Power and Associates. So again, there’s no bad choice here. Still, if you’re looking for the SUV that has an edge on reliability, it seems to be the Macan. The Macan typically scores higher reliability ratings than the Cayenne.
We’ve already discussed how the Cayenne is the more luxuriously priced model between the two, so it should come as no surprise that it’s also the more comfortable. With luxury comes comfort, and it also comes with more legroom in the back seat. So if that’s important to your family, the Cayenne might be the clear winner.
The Cayenne is clearly a larger vehicle, so it comes with more cargo space than the Macan. It’s worth noting that both vehicles fall short of the standard cargo space of other midsize SUVs, but you probably already knew that. The Macan comes with 18 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 53 cubic feet with the seats folded. The Cayenne comes with 23.6 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 62.9 cubic feet with the seats folded.
Interior features are important when you’re looking to purchase a new vehicle. Both the Macan and Cayenne come with user-friendly infotainment systems and responsive touchscreens. And if you’d like, you can use buttons to bypass the touchscreen on either model.
Navigation is one area that sets these models apart. It comes standard in the Cayenne, but it’s an upgrade in the Macan. The Macan also offers a 3-zone climate control system standard while Cayenne offers dual-zone climate control with an option to upgrade to a 4-zone system. In both SUVs, Android Auto comes standard and you can upgrade to add Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Since the Macan is smaller and lighter, you might expect it to be faster. But remember that the Cayenne is more powerful. So by any measure, the Cayenne will be faster. This includes acceleration. You have some choices when it comes to the engine, but Porsche estimates the Cayenne can reach zero to 60 within 3.8 to 6.2 seconds. The Macan isn’t far behind, but it takes about 4.2 to 6.3 seconds to go from zero to 60 miles per hour.
When deciding on the Macan versus the Cayenne, you’ll want to think about things like overall budget, family size, acceleration, cargo space needs, and interior comfort. Although results may not be too far off from one another, there are still clear winners in each of these categories. If you can identify what’s important to you, it should be easy to choose between the Porsche Macan versus Cayenne.