Porsche Macan vs Porsche Cayenne: costs

They're two of the most desirable SUVs on sale, but which of these sporty and luxurious models is the better buy?...

Porsche Macan S side

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

The Porsche Macan is far cheaper to buy if you’re thinking of taking out a PCP finance agreement (by more than £300 per month). That’s also true if you’re paying cash, and you’re unlikely to get a discount on either car.

Resale values are similarly strong, but factor in the Macan’s cheaper servicing and insurance and it’s only superior fuel economy that sweetens the pill for private Porsche Cayenne buyers.

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid side

How much better is it? A lot, if you recharge its battery regularly (which takes about two and a quarter hours) and do mostly short trips. Even with an empty battery, it returned 28.5mpg on test, versus 24mpg for the Macan. Overall, the Cayenne will cost private buyers roughly £4700 more to run over three years.

However, it’s a different story for company car drivers. If you’re in the 40% tax bracket, you’ll sacrifice about £4200 less in benefit-in-kind tax payments for the Cayenne over the same period.

Porsche Macan vs Porsche Cayenne costs panel

Neither car is particularly well equipped as standard, but you do get things like climate control, power-folding mirrors, cruise control and automatic lights and wipers. If you want ‘luxuries’ such as keyless entry or heated seats, you’ll have to pay extra.

Euro NCAP awarded both cars a five-star safety rating, although the Macan was assessed in 2014, when the tests were less stringent. Today, it would be penalised heavily for lacking standard automatic emergency braking, which the Cayenne gets.


Porsche Macan S

Porsche Macan S badge

Alloy wheel size 18in
Adaptive cruise control £893
Adaptive air suspension £1860
Electric tailgate Yes
Panoramic glass roof £1137
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Yes/No
Heated seats front/rear £294/£590*
Adjustable lumbar support £1044
Parking sensors front/rear Yes/Yes
Surround-view camera £884
Keyless entry and start £497
Metallic paint £674

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Alloy wheel size 19in
Adaptive cruise control £1203
Adaptive air suspension £1511
Electric tailgate Yes
Panoramic glass roof £1422
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Yes/No
Heated seats front/rear £308/£615
Adjustable lumbar support £1137
Parking sensors front/rear Yes/Yes
Surround-view camera £1002
Keyless entry and start £816
Metallic paint £774

*Includes heated front seats

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