2018 Porsche Macan vs. 2018 Porsche Cayenne – Porsche SUV Comparison

2018 Macan vs. 2018 Cayenne Comparison

If you were to ask an average person what comes to mind when they think of the Porsche brand, they will most likely think of legendary, performance-bred sports cars. While the brand’s heritage can trace its roots back to iconic sports cars such as the 911, it may come as a surprise to learn that the two best selling models in the Porsche lineup are the Macan and Cayenne SUVs. Introduced in 2002, the larger Cayenne has helped establish Porsche as a leader in the luxury SUV segment. As the smallest Porsche SUV, the Macan holds the honor of the best selling Porsche model in the lineup.Having trouble deciding which of these Porsche SUVs are the best fit for your lifestyle? Sewickley Porsche is here to help with this helpful comparison guide which highlights the key differences and strengths of both the Macan and Cayenne. Let’s take a closer look.

2018 Porsche Cayenne
2018 Porsche Macan

2018 Porsche Macan vs 2018 Porsche Cayenne

2018 Porsche Macan Base 2018 Porsche Cayenne Base
Starting MSRP $47,800 $60,600
City/Hwy/Combined Fuel Economy 21 / 25 / 22 18 / 24 / 20
Base Engine 2.0-Liter Turbocharged I-4 3.6-Liter V6
Horsepower 252 300
Torque 273 295
0 – 60 Time 6.3 seconds 7.3 seconds
Transmission 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung 8-speed Tiptronic® S
Fuel Tank Size 20 gallons 26 gallons
Curb Weight 3,902 lbs 4,488 lbs
Exterior Length 184.3 inches 191.1 inches
Exterior Body Height 63.9 inches 67.4 inches
Maximum Cargo Volume 53 cubic feet 62.9 cubic feet
Seating Capacity 5 5
Navigation System Optional Standard
Parking Sensors Front and Rear Optional


Comparing these two side-by-side helps reveal some key differences. Starting with performance, each have their own advantages. The smaller Porsche Macan comes standard with a Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine which produces 252 horsepower along with 273 lb ft of torque. A 7-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung transmission helps the Macan rocket from 0 to 60 in just 6.3 seconds, a full second faster than the Cayenne. It also delivers superior fuel economy compared to the Cayenne.

Shifting our focus towards the Cayenne, the larger Porsche SUV comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 which boasts 300 horsepower and 295 lb ft of torque. Offering greater power numbers than the Macan, the Cayenne also doesn’t sacrifice on efficiency with up to 24 MPG on the highway. Its larger fuel tank capacity is ideal for drivers taking extended weekend road trips.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Rear
2018 Porsche Macan

Dimensions & Standard Equipment

Looking at the sizing and dimensions of these two Porsche SUVs, you’ll notice some distinctions. The nimble Macan has a lower curb weight, shorter exterior length, and a shorter body height than its larger sibling. The Cayenne has nearly 10 additional cubic feet of cargo space than the Macan. Both SUVs offer seating for up to 5 passengers. An integrated navigation system comes standard on the Cayenne while the Macan offers navigation as an optional feature. Parking sensors are found as standard at the front and rear of the Macan. Cayenne models offer this equipment as an option as well.

If you’re the type of driver that lives an active lifestyle, the city-sized Porsche Macan proves to be an excellent choice for its turbocharged power delivery and responsive handling. For those who crave additional cargo and passenger capacity, the Porsche Cayenne makes an excellent companion for an extended weekend getaway.

Sewickley Porsche invites you to come experience both the Macan and Cayenne to get a true sense of which one is a better fit for your lifestyle. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable Porsche Brand Ambassadors are ready to help you find the Macan or Cayenne of your dreams.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Front Seating
2018 Porsche Macan Front Seating