New BMW X2 vs used Porsche Macan: which is best?
A new BMW X2 is a very sporty SUV, but can it beat a used Porsche Macan for similar money?...
If you worked in the City of London in the 1980s, you either drove a BMW or, if you happened to be doing exceedingly well and were part of the red braces brigade, a Porsche. Trouble is, that was a long time ago, and those who bought such cars then might not want the low-slung cars they used to hoon around in at the time, and now need an SUV.
That’s where the BMW X2 comes in; an SUV with the promise of sporty handling and a higher driving position. Our preferred 20i sDrive M Sport auto won’t cause you to break into your hedge fund at £36,675, or £34,273 according to our Target price.
However, you could still live your best Porsche life with a used Macan for similar money. It will be a few years old, unlike the X2, so it’s the riskier investment, but which of the two is the better buy? Read on to find out.
BMW X2 20i sDrive M Sport auto List price: £36,675 Target price: £34,273 Official fuel economy: 38.7mpg (WLTP) Emissions: 133g/km CO2 Power: 189bhp 0-62mph: 7.7sec Top speed: 141mph
Porsche Macan 3.0 TD V6 S auto Price new: £45,997 Price today: £36,000* Official fuel economy: 46.3mpg (NEDC) Emissions: 159g/km CO2 Power: 254bhp 0-62mph: 6.3sec Top speed: 142mph
*Price today is based on a 2017 model with average mileage and a full service history
New BMW X2 vs used Porsche Macan – interior & equipment
In terms of the outright quality of the fixtures and fittings, it’s the Macan that’s the plushest inside. Everywhere you look and everything you touch has a quality feel; more so than you get inside the BMW. However, the Macan doesn’t have the same level of standard equipment as the X2, so you’ll have to go hunting for one with lots of options. You still get 18in alloys, climate control, an electric tailgate, DAB radio, automatic lights and wipers, plus rear parking sensors. But small things like a Bluetooth connection for your phone and sat-nav were all options, which is a bit disappointing. As is the lack of lumbar adjustment.
The X2, on the other hand, has all of the stuff that comes standard on the Macan plus brighter LED headlights, interior ambient lighting, heated front seats, sat-nav, 19in alloy wheels and sports suspension as part of the M Sport package.
BMW also one-ups Porsche if you compare the two infotainment systems. The X2 has iDrive – the easiest to use media system in the car industry because it has a rotary controller surrounded by shortcut buttons behind the gear selector. Having physical controls makes it far easier to use on the move than the touchscreen system in the Macan, which has a relatively small screen, dated graphics and doesn’t have Apple CarPlay to utilise your phone’s apps like you can in an X2.
Controlling simple functions, such as the climate control, is not a straightforward operation in the Macan, either, because it’s all arranged along the centre console and not on the dashboard as it is in almost every other car. To be fair, you’ll probably end up getting used to it, but it will take you a few attempts before it all sinks in. The BMW is much easier to live with and use every day.
New BMW X2 vs used Porsche Macan – space & practicality
There’s plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel of the X2 to find an agreeable driving position – it’s just that you don’t sit much higher in this BMW than you would in a regular family car, which might be a bit of a disappointment to those who want a commanding driving position. Taller rear-seat occupants might find the confines of the X2 to be a bit tight for head and leg room, and because the X2 isn’t that wide, three across the bench is a real squeeze. Boot space is decent, plus you get a standard 40:20:40 split folding arrangement for added flexibility.
You get a standard eight-way power seat for the driver in the Macan, but you’ll need to find one with the comfort package to get adjustable lumbar support. The large central tunnel does get in the way a bit and causes you to move your left foot further to the right than is ideal. Leg room in the back of the Macan isn’t great and some may find their knees rubbing the back of the front seats. Head room is better than the X2, mind, as is the slightly larger boot with hidden storage beneath the flat load floor. A 40:20:40 split folding bench is also standard.
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