2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC VS 2018 Porsche Macan

There’s a class of luxury compact SUVs that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the models of both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 Porsche Macan, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 Porsche Macan. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Porsche side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2018 Porsche Macan: Performance

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC focuses on comfort above all else. The GLC has nimble handling, and AMG® models have some of the most powerful engines in the class. You’re bound to find an engine to like in this Mercedes-Benz. The base GLC 300 comes with a 2.0-liter 241-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that should satisfy most shoppers. It delivers quick acceleration that’s great for both city and highway driving, but if you want even more power there are a number of options. All of the engines come with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The GLC is very maneuverable and has no trouble maintaining its composure around twists and turns in the road. Its driving modes help it transition from smooth to sporty on the fly.

When it comes to performance, the 2018 Porsche Macan is a cut above. With any of the four engines, the 2018 Porsche Macan impresses with outstanding acceleration and overall power. There are four Porsche Macan trims, and each features a different engine. The base model comes with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 252 horsepower. All engines are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The only performance metric where this Porsche trails many competitors is fuel economy. According to the EPA, the base Macan gets 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is below average for a luxury compact SUV. In models featuring a V6 engine, the numbers are even worse: 17 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2018 Porsche Macan: Feature Comparison

The Mercedes-Benz GLC’s interior is nothing short of lavish. There are soft-touch surfaces all around the cabin, and standard wood trim adds another element of luxuriousness. There’s seating for up to five people in the GLC. The seats are supple, supportive, roomy and comfortable, and there’s plenty of room for adults in both rows. Leatherette upholstery, a 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a driver’s seat with memory settings are standard. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display, two USB ports, HD Radio, and *Bluetooth®. You’ll also get a suite of safety features, including a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, active brake assist, crosswind assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. PRESAFE® is also standard. This system tightens the seat belts and rolls up the windows if a collision is imminent.

The 2018 Porsche Macan’s quiet interior looks great and features top-notch materials, even in the base trim. It seats five people, and power-adjustable front seats covered in leather and Alcantara (synthetic suede) come standard. The front seats are comfortable, and the rear seats have enough room for most adults. The standard infotainment system in the Macan features the Porsche Communication Management interface, a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, 11 GB of internal jukebox storage, two SD card slots, satellite radio, HD Radio, and ten speakers. Other standard features in the Macan include ambient lighting, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and lane departure warning. There’s a wealth of buttons surrounding the touch screen; some reviewers praise them for being straightforward, while others complain they make the center stack look crowded.

*Bluetooth® is a registered mark Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2018 Porsche Macan: Overall Comparison

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC is one of the highest-ranking luxury compact SUVs. It has an exceptionally lavish cabin, lots of features, and a supple ride. It also has a solid lineup of engines and easy maneuverability. The GLC’s base price is a little lower than the class average, and this Mercedes-Benz has a level of opulence and refinement that you’ll have a hard time finding from any of its competition.

The Porsche Macan is a nice luxury compact SUV. Inside, the Macan has high-end materials and comfortable, supportive front seats. It also has a user-friendly infotainment system and lots of standard and available tech features. However, the Macan’s cargo capacity is lower than many class rivals’. Also, it has low fuel economy estimates and a higher price tag than most classmates.

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