2021 Porsche Macan vs 2021 Audi SQ5 Comparison in Columbus, OH

The world's automotive needs are ever-changing, but Porsche is always the answer when you need a modern car with performance inspired by true racing car technology. From the all-electric Taycan to sophisticated, hybrid versions of the latest Porsche 911 models, Porsche merges tradition with innovation. That's the secret behind the 2021 Porsche Macan -- a compact crossover SUV with more excitement and a sportier, more connected driving feel than any other car in this class. To prove it, we'll compare it head-to-head against the 2021 Audi SQ5 below. We'll show you what makes the Porsche Macan a truly peerless machine.

2021 Porsche Macan Headlights

2021 Porsche Macan vs. Audi SQ5: Design & Style

Selected as a Car and Driver magazine 10Best award winner, the 2021 Porsche Macan provides a tremendous amount of style and utility from a sporty compact crossover. In terms of size, it's almost identical to the 2021 Audi Q5 and SQ5. Both vehicles provide plenty of cargo space inside behind a convenient power liftgate with folding rear seats. Add available roof rails to either vehicle for even more cargo versatility.

Still, we think the 2021 Porsche Macan is the better value. It's available with the Porsche Dynamic Light System+ headlights featuring dynamic cornering lights, speed-sensitive headlight range control and automatic high-beams. Automatic high beams are available on the 2021 Audi SQ5, but nothing from Audi is quite as advanced as the PDLS+.


2021 Porsche Macan GTS Wheels

2021 Porsche Macan vs. Audi SQ5: Comfort & Features

The 2021 Audi SQ5 aims to impress with bold 20" alloy wheels. Those are bigger than what comes standard on the 2021 Porsche Macan. Instead, the Macan features 18" wheels as standard, giving you a thicker tire sidewall which can dramatically increase comfort on the daily drive. Or, upgrade to wheels as large as 20" for a sportier look.

Inside, both vehicles feature touchscreen multimedia systems with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay™, navigation and so much more. However, the touchscreen inside the 2021 Porsche Macan is slightly larger so you can see more information more comfortably. Both vehicles also provide standard tri-zone climate control, power front seats, leather upholstery and optional upgrades like a panoramic sunroof and premium audio system.

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2021 Porsche Macan Towing Jet-Ski

2021 Porsche Macan vs. Audi SQ5: Performance & Drive

The entry-level 2021 Porsche Macan doesn't generate quite as much power as the Audi SQ5. It's more in line with the base Audi Q5 in terms of power output -- but if it's power you're after, new Porsche Macan S, Macan GTS and the blistering Macan Turbo are also available with a whole lot more horsepower than Audi provides here.

What matters so much more to your driving experience is the poise of the chassis, the feel of the brakes, the smooth transmission and the balanced suspension. It's here that the Porsche Macan really shines. With its dual-clutch automatic transmission, gear shifts are smoother and faster for uninterrupted power delivery. The transmission on the 2021 Audi SQ5 is a single-clutch unit. Furthermore, both models come standard with all-wheel drive and offer an adaptive suspension as an option for sportier performance over a variety of road surfaces.

The difference truly comes down to the precise tune and advanced engineering of the Porsche Macan that gives a superior drive -- and you don't need to take our word for it. Car and Driver magazine had this to say in their review of the 2021 Audi SQ5: "We suspect that most buyers in this segment would be perfectly happy with the SQ5's straight-line speed and its pothole-vanquishing ride, but uncompromising shoppers should stick with the 10Best-winning Porsche Macan."


2021 Porsche Macan Dashboard

2021 Porsche Macan vs. Audi SQ5: Safety & Technology

Just like the advanced 2021 Audi SQ5, you can also equip the 2021 Porsche Macan with driver assist features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, lane keeping assistance and more. Also available on both vehicles is a 360-degree backup camera so you can easily take in your vehicle's surroundings for maneuvers in tight spots. With the latest in engineering, technology and features like all-wheel drive and Porsche Traction Management to keep you in control, the 2021 Porsche Macan is a safe choice for family transportation.

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Take An Unforgettable Test Drive Today At Porsche Columbus

For a little bit less than a 2021 Audi SQ5, the 2021 Porsche Macan offers a more premium interior, a more refined ride and the look and heritage that only comes from a Porsche. We invite you to find out more during a test drive at Porsche Columbus. It's the best way to experience why there's nothing like a Porsche Macan for your daily life in Central Ohio. Porsche performance and all-wheel drive utility means no matter the weather you're always in control. Best of all, you're in control of the shopping experience at Porsche Columbus. We look forward to showing you a better way to buy a luxury car.