2021 Porsche Macan vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Comparison in Columbus, OH

SUVs don't have to be big, cumbersome vehicles that are built only for shuttling passengers from point A to point B. They can also be as dynamic and exciting to drive as any sedan or coupe if they're built the right way. That's exactly what Porsche is intent on showing with the new 2021 Porsche Macan, a vehicle that is more than your typical SUV with its iconic Porsche style and performance. But, how does it compare to other SUV models like it?

That's what we're here to show in our comparison of the 2021 Porsche Macan and 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Both luxury SUVs aim to bring coupe-like performance and looks to the SUV segment, but which one succeeds in giving drivers everything they desire? We'll find that out by directly comparing the key specifications and features of both models, like their engines, infotainment technology, and driver-assist features. See for yourself how the 2021 Porsche Macan and 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe stack up against one another, below.

front profile of 2021 porsche macan with adaptive led headlights

2021 Porsche Macan VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe: Design & Interior

Perhaps no car brand is better at giving its models a uniformed look with individual touches of style that elevate the design than Porsche. The 2021 Macan has the classic, sleek design that Porsche is known for along with modern features like LED headlights with the available Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). The 2021 Mercedes-Benz 300 4MATIC Coupe also has standard LED headlights, but headlight functions like adaptive cornering (standard on the PDLS) have to be purchased with the Exterior Lighting Package. Inside, drivers will find a bit more space for cargo in the Porsche Macan with its 52.9 cubic feet luggage volume compared to the 49.4 cubic feet of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, as well as more standard amenities like a sport-inspired leather steering wheel and leather-trimmed Sport-Tex upholstery. The sport steering wheel and leather upholstery are optional features on the 2021 GLC Coupe.


infotainment system of 2021 porsche macan with apps and tiles

2021 Porsche Macan VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe: Multimedia Technology

In terms of multimedia technology, neither the Porsche Macan nor Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe disappoint with both models sporting dozens of standard advanced features. Both come with smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay™ and a voice control system, so you can use multimedia functions and features without taking your hands off the wheel, for a more convenient and safe drive. Only the 2021 Macan comes standard with a navigation system as well as wireless internet access so you can stay connected on the road and reach your destination faster. Navigation and in-car WiFi are optional features on the 2021 GLC 300 Coupe and require additional purchases.

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2021 Porsche Macan VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe: Performance

These two models may have a lot of bells and whistles that drivers like, but the main focus of a Porsche and Mercedes-Benz will always be the engine and performance. The Porsche Macan comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that can pump out 248 horsepower and 273 lb/ft of torque. The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe may make more horsepower but it only beats the Macan by 7 and still produces the same 272 lb/ft of torque. Plus when it's time for an outdoor adventure, the 2021 Macan can tow up to 4,409 pounds,  outmuscling the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and its capacity of 3,500 pounds. Whether it's capability or performance, the Porsche Macan is the stronger option.


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2021 Porsche Macan VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe: Safety

Safety is always the number one priority for Porsche, which is why the 2021 Macan is engineered with safety precautions like side-impact protection beams and roll-over detection for curtain airbags. But, of course, safety isn't just strong steel and airbags, it's also about driver-assist features like lane departure warning, which makes sure drivers don't accidentally drift out of their lane. Lane departure warning is standard on the 2021 Macan but only optional on the 2021 GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe. Both models also come standard with parking assist sensors so you're more comfortable navigating those tight areas like parking lots without dinging your new car.

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2021 Porsche Macan VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe: Summary

Despite the impressive performance and wealth of features for the 2021 Macan and 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe, it's obvious which vehicle comes out on top. With more standard features than the Mercedes-Benz 300 4MATIC Coupe, the Porsche Macan gives you more of what you crave in a compact luxury SUV. If you'd like to learn more about the 2021 Porsche Macan or take it for a test drive, contact our staff at Porsche Columbus online or come by our dealership at 401 N. Hamilton Road in Columbus, Ohio, today.

2021 Porsche Macan2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe
$52,100Starting MSRP*$51,650
Turbocharged 2.0-Liter Inline 4-CylinderStandard EngineTurbocharged 2.0-Liter Inline 4-Cylinder
248 HP / 273 lb/ftPerformance Output (Horsepower / Torque)255 HP / 273 lb/ft
6.1 Seconds (with Sports Chrono Package) 0-60 MPH Time6.2 Seconds
4,409 lbs.Towing Capacity3,500 lbs.
52.9.0 Cubic FeetCargo Capacity49.4 Cubic Feet
StandardNavigation SystemOptional
StandardWireless Internet AccessOptional
StandardParking AssistStandard
StandardLane Departure WarningOptional

*The Total Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) shown excludes taxes, title, registration, other optional or regionally required equipment, and dealer charges. The price and availability of Individually Commissioned Equipment (CXX) can be determined only after review and analysis by the manufacturer. Actual selling prices are set by dealers and may vary.