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Macan vs. Range Rover

The Porsche Macan and the Range Rover Evoque are famous for their luxurious comfort that provides room for the whole family along with an incredible amount of cargo space in the trunk as well. Both of these vehicles are also considered exhilarating and sporty to drive for sports-car lovers. But does the Porsche Macan take the shine away from the Range Rover Evoque? For most that test drive the Macan at Porsche of Tucson, the answer is yes.

From the outside, both of the vehicles are obviously eye-catching in their own way. The Macan is based on an Audi Q5. The side of the Macan is what screams “Sports Car” since every muscle it has is flexed with careful detail. The Porsche designers call the roof line the “Porsche flyline” because it slopes particularly towards the rear that results in magnificent aerodynamics.

The Range Rover Evoque’s look is a bit different. This vehicle has more of an SUV look rather than a sporty look because overall it has a bit more space than the Macan. The Evoque has a rising beltline, muscular shoulders and a tapered roof that gives it an athletic appearance.

Famous for its load-carrying capability, the Evoque was built to drive around an urban-friendly city while the Macan is made for whatever comes its way. Porsche exclusively created the Macan to serve as the first sports car and compact SUV. Yes, it is a bold claim, but Porsche succeeded in giving people the best of both worlds with one vehicle.

The Macan can smoothly go from 0-60 mph in only 5.2 seconds with minimal noise from the 254bhp 3.0-litre V6 engine. The Evoque, on the other hand, was not meant to accelerate as dramatically as the Macan. The Evoque 187bhp 2.2-litre engine gives off a loud and rough noise when it accelerates from 0-60 in 8.5 seconds. The acceleration difference is apparent with the Evoque because it has four cylinders rather than six.

Driving the Porsche is made to make the driving experience feel light and mellow mixed with excitement from the sharpness of the extravagant vehicle. The Evoque also brings enthusiasm but feels a bit heavier when it comes to speed. Both of these vehicles have the capacity to go off-roading.

Another main difference between the Macan and the Evoque is top speed: The Macan tops out at 165 mph while the Evoque hits the limit at 135 mph. Also, the suspension on the Macan is more refined and handles better than the Evoque. The Macan is slightly more expensive than the Evoque, with a starting price of $49,900 compared to $42,025 for the Evoque, but it’s not much to pay for a sports-car like ride and build quality of Porsche.

Both of these vehicles were built to serve as SUV’s, but the Macan’s main focus is to give the driver the pleasure of driving a sports car as well. Those seeking that kind of thrill won’t be disappointed.