X4 vs Macan: Which Fashionable CUV is Your Best Bet?

Need a fashion statement and some country-club cred? Which one will do the trick?

For buyers who are interested in entering the luxury CUVmarket and have around $50,000 to spend, the obvious first decision would be togo for the newest and coolest car on the market. But with entries from BMW andPorsche hitting showrooms shortly, which one will really tell your friendsthat you've arrived? The Macan S is equipped with a 335-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, and it’ll cost $49,900 to race it from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

The newly unveiled BMW X4, going for thecrossover-with-an-ass fashion statement, is priced at $48,925 (includingdelivery), and offers 300 hp from its 3.0-liter turbo six. Its 0-60 mph times areidentical to those of the Macan. As for the driving experience, if that mattersto shoppers in this category, the Porsche has been tested and passed withflying colors, while the X4 has yet to disprove the iffyreputation of the X3 on which it's based on. When it comes to design, the Macan isclassically Porsche, while the X4’s love-it-or-hate-it statement is bound tobring in quite a few fans.

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