If you're searching for a powerful luxury compact SUV, there are two excellent choices - the 2018 Audi Q5 and the 2018 Porsche Macan. The Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan are both known for their cutting-edge technology, exceptional driving dynamics, and premium features, so what differentiates them? Santa Monica Audi has assembled this competitive comparison to help you choose between these two SUVs. Let's take a closer look below.

Competitive Comparison2018 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium2018 Porsche Macan
Starting MSRP$41,500 $47,800
Engine Size with Horsepower/Torque2.0-Liter I4 with 252 horsepower
& 273 lb ft of torque
2.0-Liter I4 with 252 horsepower
& 273 lb ft of torque
Fuel Economy23 city / 27 hwy / 25 combined 20 city / 25 hwy / 22 combined
Cargo Volume60.4 cubic feet 53.0 cubic feet
Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance12 months or 10,000 miles Not Available
Intelligent Brake AssistAudi pre-sense city mitigation Optional
Driver Seat Lumbar Support4-way power Optional
Auto-Dimming Rear View MirrorStandard Optional
Standard Number of Speakers10 8

Starting with the similarities, both the Audi Q5 2.0T Premium and Porsche Macan feature identical 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder engines with equal horsepower and torque ratings. However, the Audi Q5 is able to achieve better city, highway, and combined fuel economy than the Macan. Fuel-conscious shoppers are sure to be impressed with the superior all-around fuel economy offered in the Q5. Both SUVs offer luxurious refinement that buyers have come to expect from Audi and Porsche along with striking exterior styling.

Taking a look at the starting MSRP, the Audi Q5 offers an entry price that is $6,300 less expensive than the rival Porsche. Complimentary scheduled maintenance is also included for 12 months or 10,000 miles (whichever comes first) with the Audi Q5. Porsche does not offer complimentary maintenance on the Macan. From a lower purchase price and complimentary maintenance to greater fuel efficiency, the Audi Q5 represents and outstanding value.

Shifting our focus towards the interiors of these two vehicles reveals several key advantages for the Audi Q5. The Q5 features a cavernous 60.4 cubic feet of cargo volume while the Porsche Macan only offers 53.0 cubic feet of cargo volume. With 7.4 additional cubic feet of cargo capacity, Q5 drivers will be able to fit that additional suitcase or two for a weekend getaway.

Other standard amenities found on the Audi Q5 include an auto-dimming rear view mirror and 4-way power adjustable lumbar support on the driver's seat. Both are added-cost options on the Porsche Macan. The Q5 has a more sophisticated audio system as standard as well. Standard Audi pre-sense city mitigation intelligent brake assist provides drivers with added confidence and peace of mind on the road. This groundbreaking technology is not standard equipment on the Porsche Macan, requiring a costly option package.

With 252 horsepower and a 0-60 time of just 5.9 seconds, the 2018 Q5 offers spirited driving dynamics. When the asphalt turns to gravel, standard Audi drive select gives drivers a range of 5 unique driving modes to choose from. With a standard towing capacity of 4,400 pounds, the 2018 Q5 is ready for even the most adventurous weekend getaways. Not just a performance-enhancing technology, new quattro® all-wheel drive with ultra® technology adds fully variable all-wheel drive torque distribution for added stability in foul weather conditions. No matter what your commute looks like, expect invigorating performance from the 2018 Audi Q5.