Should You Buy a Cayenne or a Macan?

Porsche is known for its high-end performance luxury cars that have a lot to offer owners of all kinds. They are reliable, powerful and they have two SUVs that compete against each other: the Cayenne and the Macan. Both are great options for SUVs, but which one is the right one for you?

The base model prices for the Cayenne and the Macan start in different ranges. The 2020 base model Cayenne has a starting price of around $66,800 while the new Macan starts at a much lower $50,900 brand new off of the dealership lot. Higher model levels of the Macan can range upwards in price as high as a base model Cayenne, and a fully loaded Cayenne can cost as much as $126,000.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS | Porsche

Cayenne vs Macan

The Cayenne and the Macan do have a lot of similarities that make them harder to chose between. Both SUVs have seating for four people and have all-wheel drive capacity. They have the same fuel economy for their base level engines, getting 19mpg in the city and averaging 23mpg on the highway, making them direct competitors for fuel economy.

Both SUVs have high-end interiors with all of the features and luxuries you would expect from Porsche. On the base model, the Cayenne has more driver safety features than the Macan does, but the Macan makes up for it by offering all of the options of the Cayenne with higher trim packages. Each SUV has Apple CarPlay and 4G LTE hot-spot for driver and passenger convenience.

The Cayenne is the larger of the two SUV options and the base model brings the most tech and safety features between the two. This almost makes up for the price difference that it has with the Macan because in order to get the same driver-assist features as the Cayenne you have to buy the more expensive Macan options. The Cayenne offers more power at the base level trim than the Macan does, and it’s horsepower on higher trim levels ranges well above that of the smaller SUV option.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo rear
2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo rear | Porsche

The Macan, on the other hand, is the smaller of the two. Sitting down into the driver’s seat of the Macan you can tell that the SUV is driver-oriented. The Macan has a beautiful analog gauge cluster sitting behind a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It has a smaller trunk which means it got less cargo capacity, but the seats do fold down for extra space, just like in the Cayenne. The cargo space of the Macan is still comfortable enough to make large trips to the grocery store or put your kid’s soccer gear in.

Depending on what size of SUV you are looking for and how much you want to spend on certain features, the Macan and the Cayenne have enough in common that it’s pretty hard to choose between. Both are great options for luxury and style and have enough space and cargo to make daily driving or long road trips comfortable and exciting.