2021 Porsche Macan vs. 2021 BMW X3

The 2021 Porsche Macan is one ride that will give you a rewarding feeling once you get to buy one. This car has an intuitive touch screen plus has muscular engines to match its strongly built physique. It is also filled with quality cabin materials.

Also forming part of the list of luxury compact SUVs is the 2021 BMW X3. Just like the Macan, it has muscular engine options. It also has a spacious cargo and a roomy seating arrangement inside.

Design & Style

The 2021 Porsche Macan is a ride that has two rows to accommodate five passengers. This vehicle is well-padded on the front seats with plenty of room to stretch even for taller occupants. It has a quiet cabin that guarantees minimum road noise during a trip. It comes standard with power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery. This is one sturdy compact SUV that will surely impress.

The BMW X3 is like its predecessors. It is notably posh in all angles. This two-row SUV also has five seats, just like the Macan. The front seats can accommodate taller occupants with sufficient headroom and legroom. The backseats are best left to children though in order to complete the five seating capacity. Synthetic leather upholstery is standard in this ride.

Technology & Safety

The 2021 Macan is equipped with an infotainment system that is paired with a user-friendly 10.9-inch touch screen interface. Its display quickly responds to user commands, plus it displays colorful and crisp graphics too. This supports Apple CarPlay, and all other technological features like Bluetooth, 10-speaker stereo, four USB ports, satellite radio, navigation system, and Wi-Fi hot spot. Safety wise, it has front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and lane departure warning.

The 2021 X3 is gifted with a 10.2-inch touch screen. This displays vivid graphics and responds to user commands quickly. It has numerous tricky buttons though which can make driving and using the interface quite distracting at the same time. It supports Apple CarPlay, the navigation system, 12-speaker audio, satellite radio, HD radio, and Bluetooth interface. Safety specs are the same as those in the Macan.


The Porsche Macan has four engine variations. It starts with the base engine that generates 248 horsepower via its turbo-four cylinder setup. The next is the Macan S that has a V6 which can stomp 348 horsepower. The twin-turbo V6 GTS generates 375 horsepower and the Macan Turbo results in 434 horsepower.

As for the 2021 BMW X3, you get to enjoy a 248-horsepower result with a turbo-four engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The plug-in hybrid generates 288 horsepower, with a straight-six version generating 382 horsepower, and the twin-turbo straight-six up to 473 horsepower.

The Bottom Line

The 2021 BMW X3 is charming but not as great as the 2021 Porsche Macan. The latter dominates this comparison. There is no question about that.

Ready to Schedule a Porsche Macan Test Drive Today?

Want to prove what makes the 2021 Porsche Macan worth a purchase? You can do so by booking a test drive with us here at Porsche of Princeton. You can find us in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and we are proud to serve the needs of car lovers in the state. You can simply visit our showroom or call us in advance to book your 2021 Porsche Macan test drive.


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