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Porsche SUVs: Macan vs. Cayenne

If you are in the market for a sporty luxury SUV, you’ve probably looked at the Porsche model lineup which includes the Macan and the Cayenne. While the models share a similar aesthetic in design and tout typical Porsche sports-car like performance, there are subtle differences that make you ponder: which Porsche SUV should I buy?

The impressive SUVs offer dynamic driving dynamics, Porsche performance, attractive styling and a handsome amount of equipment. Discover the differences below in a side-by-side comparison.  


Technical specs listed in the infographic above are for the base models. 

What model trims are available for the Macan vs. Cayenne?

The base Cayenne models (Cayenne, Platinum Edition, S) and GTS are all equipped with a 3.6-litre V6 engine with horsepower ranging from 300-440. Need more grit? The high-performance turbo models push the envelope with a 4.8-litre V8 making up to 570 hp.

The Macan, albeit smaller (3.5 inches shorter to be exact) still packs a performance fueled punch. The Macan, Macan S, and Macan GTS are equipped with a Turbocharged 2.0 liter inline 4 cylinder (252hp), 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 engine (340 hp), and 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 engine (360 hp) respectively. The Macan combines luxury, thrilling sports-car performance, and functional versatility earning recognition as the best crossover SUV. 

Which model offers a better driving experience?

The Porsche Traction Management (PTM): Active all-wheel drive with electronic and map controlled multiplate clutch with Automatic Brake Differential (ABD), and Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) found in BOTH models makes off-roading a true Porsche experience. While the Macan engine is married to Porsche's 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the Cayenne uses the 8-speed Tiptronic S.

What standard features can I expect in the Macan vs. Cayenne?

While both models come standard with the Porsche Communication Management system, only the Cayenne comes standard with the navigation module and Porsche Connect Plus – the perfect assistant for a New Jersey road trip. 

Overall when it comes to features, you don’t have to worry about making any huge compromises when choosing one model over the other. The models are both equipped with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Bi-Xenon main headlights, and 18-inch wheels as standard. True to Porsche fashion both models come with a dizzying list of options to make the Macan or Cayenne fully personalized to your liking. 

Visit the team at Ray Catena Porsche to explore our complete line of new, used and certified Porsche vehicles. Call us at 732.205.9000 to learn more about a specific model or book a test drive.

Date Posted: June 26, 2017