Porsche Macan vs Porsche Cayenne: verdict

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

Porsche Macan vs Porsche Cayenne

Our verdict

So, does the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid let you have your cake and eat it? Well, that depends entirely on your situation. Company car drivers will pay much less tax than they would with the Porsche Macan, and if you’re diligent with recharging and do mainly short journeys using the electric-only range, you’ll also spend a lot less on fuel.

As good to drive as the Cayenne is, though, it won’t have you rushing to grab the keys on a Sunday morning like the Macan will. And given that the latter is so much cheaper for those buying on PCP finance, it’s the better choice for most.

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1st  Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan S front

For More fun to drive; much cheaper on PCP finance; more user-friendly interior
Against Less rear seat space; not as frugal; more road noise; AEB isn’t standard

What Car? rating Five out of five stars

Read more: Porsche Macan review

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2nd – Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid front

For Stronger performance; quieter around town; relatively low BIK rates; cushier ride
Against Compromised boot space; grabby brakes; costlier to run for private buyers

What Car? rating Four out of five stars

Read more: Porsche Cayenne review

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Specification: Porsche Macan S

Porsche Macan S badge

Engine 6cyl, 2995cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 349bhp @ 5400-6400rpm
Peak torque 354Ib ft @ 1360-4800rpm
Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
0-60mph 4.6sec
30-70mph 4.8sec
Top speed 157mph
30-0mph 8.3m
70-0mph 44.3m
Official economy 25.7mpg (WLTP)
Test MPG 24.0mpg
Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2484
CO2 emissions 251g/km

Specification: Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Engine 6cyl, 2995cc, turbo, petrol + electric motor
Peak power 456bhp @ 5250-6400rpm
Peak torque 516Ib ft @ 1000-3700rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 4.8sec
30-70mph 4.2sec
Top speed 157mph
30-0mph 8.5m
70-0mph 46.3m
Official economy 72.4mpg (WLTP)
Test MPG 28.5mpg*
Real-world electric range 17.4 miles
Battery capacity 14.1kWh
Charging time (7kW) 2hr 15min
Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £1739**
CO2 emissions 89g/km

*With an empty battery
**Based on Test MPG and real-world electric range, assuming average journey distance of 40 miles and an electricity cost of 14p per kWh

Test weather conditions Damp

Cars pictured

Porsche Macan S with Mamba Green metallic paint (£674), 20in Macan Turbo wheels painted in black (£2690), Agate Grey leather (£2247), interior trim package with stitching in contrasting colour (£2181) pan roof (£1137)

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid with Moonlight Blue metallic paint (£774), black leather seat trim (£2331), Porsche InnoDrive (£2172), adaptive air suspension (£1511), 20in Cayenne Sport wheels (£1355)

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