Compare 2018 Porsche Macan vs 2018 BMW X3

2018 Porsche Macan vs 2018 BMW X3
2018 Porsche Macan 2018 BMW X3
  252 248
Fuel Capacity
  19.8 gal. 17.2 gal.
City Range
  396 396

2018 Porsche Macan vs 2018 BMW X3

Serving North Bethesda, MD

If you’re in the market for a small SUV that’s big on horsepower and offers an impressive mix of utility and exhilarating performance, then consider the 2018 Porsche Macan. In the luxury SUV market, the 2018 Porsche Macan frequently competes with the 2018 BMW X3. While both offer powerful engine options, a luxurious interior, and seating for five, the Porsche Macan easily beats the X3 in the performance and luxury department. For the 2018 model year, Porsche includes the SUV’s first year of scheduled maintenance. The Macan is also now equipped with an improved carbon filter, keeping the interior free of pollen and dust.


As you would expect from Porsche, there are 5 impressive engine options for the 2018 model year. The base model uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that puts out 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. It gets an EPA estimated 20 city and 25 highway miles per gallon. Next up in the line is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 in the Macan S. This model gets 340 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. Upgrade to the Macan GTS and you will be treated to a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that puts out 360 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. For even more power, choose the Macan Turbo. This model features a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that puts out an impressive 400 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, beating any X3 model available. Lastly, for the ultimate level of performance, choose the Macan Turbo with Performance Package. This SUV puts out a massive 440 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. You won’t find these numbers in the BMW X3. Standard in the X3 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that puts out 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is lower than that of any Macan model. Drivers can upgrade to the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6, however, it only reaches 355 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, which is much lower than the maximum 440 horsepower in the Macan.

Interior and Features

Step inside the 2018 Porsche Macan and you will notice high-quality materials with an abundance of aluminum trim and luxurious accents. Standard equipment in the Macan includes tri-zone climate control, lane-departure warning, rearview camera with front and rear parking assist, power-operated liftgate, power side mirrors, 7-inch multi-touch infotainment system, USB ports, Bluetooth® connectivity, and aux inputs. The Macan S adds rain-sensing windshield wipers and tinted and thermally insulated glass. Upgrade to the GTS and you will be treated to 20-inch wheels, performance upgrades, navigation, a Bose® audio system, panoramic roof, Porsche Connect Plus module, Apple CarPlay, and rear entertainment system. Standard features in the X3 include a power liftgate, power folding side mirrors, automatic climate control, SensaTec faux leather upholstery, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Although both vehicles offer many similar features, you have to upgrade in the X3 to get many of the standard features in the Macan.


Auto shoppers will have peace of mind while driving the 2018 Porsche Macan thanks to its long ist of standard and optional safety features. Standard active safety features include lane-departure warning, front parking sensors, and rear parking sensors. Drivers can upgrade to lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitor, forward collision warning, front automated braking, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The BMW X3, on the other hand, is not equipped with standard lane-departure warning, front parking sensors, and rear parking sensors. You must upgrade at a cost to get these safety features. While the X3 can be equipped with many similar safety features, you must upgrade to get them. We feel that the 2018 Porsche Macan offers drivers a better overall value in terms of standard and optional safety features.

To witness the power and performance of the 2018 Macan for yourself, contact Porsche of Bethesda. Our friendly and professional sales representatives will help you compare the Macan to the competition, schedule a test drive, any answer any questions you may have. They will also help you compare trim levels in order to ensure that you drive off our lot with the Macan that suits your driving needs and lifestyle best.

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