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BMW X4 VS Porsche Macan

BMW X4

BMW X4

The BMW X4 fills another niche that BMW seems to be so capable in finding, essentially bringing you a more coupe-esque X3.
BMW’s X3 comes solely with AWD and a choice of diesel engines.

Starting with the interior of the X4, it’s definitely spacious, capable of seating fairly tall people at the back with a 40:20:40 layout allowing for 3 people in the back (albeit at a bit of a squeeze if any of the rear passengers are like me and enjoy a full English for breakfast). Leg room is enough to sit comfortably too even with a taller passenger and driver at the front making longer distance journeys bearable.

From the perspective of the driver, it’s visible that the X4 didn’t benefit from a designers pen strokes, displaying a rather bland interior. Not to say that you don’t have what you need in easy reach, but the interior of the X4 makes me think of what it would be like to drive a filing cabinet on wheels.

The actual driving position of the BMW X4 is a fair bit lower than other SUV’s in the same market, making it feel like you’re driving a relatively smaller car. The standard equipment that comes with the X4 isn’t bad at all either, with dual-zone climate control, cruise control, media system and more, there is plenty of kit on-board to keep you entertained and relaxed.

Where the X4 starts to fall short however is in boot space. The enormous automatic tailgate slowly opens to a square, flat boot floor that actually holds 500 litres with the seats up and 1400 litres with the rear seats folded down, both figures being lesser than what the X3 offers and less than the Porsche Macan with the rear seats folded down.

The exterior of the BMW X4 is sculpted to offer a more sporty appearance, however even with the range topping X4 35d, 309bhp is what’s offered and 255bhp on the X4 30d, both achieve mileage in the high 40’s meaning they’re not too bad to run on a daily basis.

Overall the X4 definitely has the poke you’d expect out of a BMW, with enough space to take you and passengers around in comfort, however the interior lacks any sort of passion and it can soon grow tiresome to be sat in such a bland interior. The boot space also doesn’t inspire you with confidence, considering the cheaper X3 does boot space better. The X4 is on sale from £36,590.

Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan is direct competition for BMW’s X4 sharing similar dimensions and targeting the same demographic.

Starting in the same manner as the BMW, taking a look into the Porsche Macan’s interior you’re greeted by high quality leathers, plastics and chrome-trimmed switches that run down the transmission tunnel. The driver position is fantastic as the entire focus is on you, the driver, making it feel like you’re driver something far sportier than a rather large SUV. Pairing that with an excellent hip point and wheel position with the addition of slender A-pillars and a large windscreen means visibility is fantastic. Compared to the X4, the Macan is definitely the easier SUV to see out of keeping any sort of blind spots to a minimum which is ideal when driving a car of this size.

Rear room is also plentiful, with a 40:20:40 rear seat split you can seat fairly tall people rather comfortably and thanks to the less extreme roof slope compared to the X4, the Macan doesn’t struggle as much with rear headroom for taller passengers.

Comparing to the BMW X4 however, the Macan’s options are more expensive and picking between the two, the X4 definitely comes better equipped than the Macan.

Even though the Macan is exquisite on the inside, its true excellence shines through in the way in handles on road. Steering input requires the gentlest of touches to respond, providing you with sharp, precise handling which you wouldn’t expect from an SUV. However, as a daily commute, especially on our battered roads, I’d recommend you stay away from the optional 21-inch wheels as they really don’t like potholes. Also, if keeping the Macan on road, I’d recommend the PASM dampers as opposed to the pricier air springs as the PASM dampers are just as good at filtering out bumps in the road, rewarding you with a pleasant and relaxing drive.

As already mentioned, the Macan is definitely spacious, with boot space in standard form boasting a respectable 500-litres of space with the seats upright and 1,500-litres of space with the seats folded down allowing for you to take plenty of luggage with ease.

The only real downside to the Macan is its initial price, starting from £43,300 for the Macan S Diesel with higher running costs than that of the X4, it would be something to consider when purchasing either of the two.

 

Overall

We recommend going for the Macan S Diesel, even though it is the more expensive of the two, this is a case of you get what you pay for and the Macan is definitely more refined and more focused to the driver while catering for passengers to a higher level than the X4. Boot space is also larger on the X4 which for an SUV is one of the key features.

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