The 2021 Kia Sportage Just Killed the 2021 Porsche Macan On Consumer Reports

Dream cars are a tough category. I’m not saying the 2021 Porsche Macan, specifically, is a dream car, but Porsche certainly makes an appearance in many people’s dreams every night. The 2021 Kia Sportage, on the other hand, probably isn’t featured nearly as often on the walls of car lovers. However, Consumer Reports just dropped a bomb on the Porsche and gave the Kia a better rating. How can the Kia Sportage, of all things, be better than a Porsche Macan? 

Is the 2021 Kia Sportage a good car? 

Consumer Reports certainly thinks so. At this point, Kia anything being highly praised shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Granted the comparison to a Porsche is a bit of a stretch, the Kia still scored an impressive 81/100 overall on CR. 

a blue 2021 Kia Sportage Nightfall Edition mdoel
The 2021 Kia Sportage in ‘dark mode’ | Photo via Kia

CR found the Sportage a friendly and solid SUV. The Kia’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder isn’t going to blow anyone off the road with its 181 hp, but it has all the power it needs to be comfortable and practical. Even though the six-speed automatic transmission might be slightly outdated, it shifts with precise and crisp changes. The Sportage’s fuel consumption is wallet-friendly at an overall rating of 23 mpg. Overall, CR says the Kia Sportage is a comfortable and economical vehicle that does what Kia does best, offering good value for a well-equipped vehicle. That is hard to beat. 

Is the 2021 Porsche Macan a good car?

Admittedly, the Porsche Macan is an all-around more exciting vehicle. No one would dare argue otherwise, but overall, CR doesn’t think it is as good as the Kia Sportage. 

The only hard strike against the Sportage was poor visibility due to the pillars. The Porsche, on the other hand, gets a handful of red marks. CR says that the Porsche is too expensive for its size, too small inside, confusing controls, and poor fuel economy for the V6 version. 

A green 2020 Porsche Macan on display
The 2020 Porsche Macan on display | Photo via Porsche

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Although, unlike the Sportage, the Macan has a variety of engine options. The base model is fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-liter making 248 hp. The other options include a 2.9-liter V6 turbo making 375 hp, a tuned version of that same set up that makes 434 hp, and the big daddy 3-liter V6 turbo making 348 hp. And, as you probably assumed, the Porsche has crisp, exciting handling that minimizes body roll and firm, reactive steering. The Kia, on the other hand, isn’t bad but is from handling like a Porsche. 

Why did the Porsche score worse than the Kia?

Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Porsche Macan a 76/100. Granted, that isn’t way worse than the 2021 Kia Sportage, but considering the lineage of the two, it is noteworthy. Honestly, the Macan is a crowd-pleaser in most ways. Its interior is lovely; the ride is firm yet adaptive, it is a joy in the corners and is surprisingly strong in the towing department. So, why did it score so poorly? 

Well, as is the case with most otherwise great luxury and sports cars/ SUVs, the Porsche Macan simply isn’t made to last or practical. CR gave it a predicted reliability rating of only three out of five compared to the Sportage, which earned a five out of five. It’s a thirsty SUV as well. The Porsche Macan only gets 19 mpg compared to the Sportage’s 23 mpg. Lastly, I know it’s Porsche, but it is also an SUV, and the cargo space is minimal in comparison. This is kind of a “death by a thousand cuts” type thing. The Porsche Macan is great to drive and looks beautiful, but it just doesn’t have the practicality and reliability we have come to expect from this segment at the end of the day.