Battle of the Lightweights: Porsche Macan versus Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic

Both of these vehicles are the baby of the family. With the Porsche Macan being the little brother to the Cayenne, and the Range Rover Evoque being the little brother to the Range Rover Sport (plus Velar and the full-size Range Rover). I recently deemed that a showdown of Macan versus Evoque was in order since both of the vehicles are in the same compact sporty crossover segment.

Performance

While neither the Macan nor the Evoque are true sports cars, both vehicles are designed to outpace sports cars of yesteryear.

The Porsche Macan with its 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and 248 horsepower inline 4-cylinder has been known to ring in quicker lap times than Porsche sports cars from the 1980s. I found the Macan to be well balanced and extremely nimble for a crossover. The steering was also very precise, especially for turn-ins on a tight course.

The Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic tackles performance with brute force in comparison. The nearly 300 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder presses your head back when you smash the gas pedal. Not rocket ship fast, but it is noticeably more cinematic than the Macan thanks to over 20 pounds of additional torque. Around corners, the Evoque didn’t feel as precise as the Macan and I seemingly experienced more body roll. 

Performance Winner: Porsche

Porsche Macan

Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic

Style

Beauty is in the eye if the beholder. For me, Range Rover Evoque wins this category. The Porsche Macan is a very good looking vehicle (inside and out), but the Evoque offers a more elegant package. Every design element on the Evoque feels ascetically intentional. Versus the Macan, where buttons are unnecessarily scatter everywhere. The Evoque’s usage premium materials also makes the car feel special: Leather in the dash. An alcantara headliner. A uniquely beautiful cloth + alcantara seats with matching doors.

Style Winner: Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic

Comfort

The Porsche Macan’s seats were great for lateral support when cornering and their adjustability makes them plenty comfortable for long road trips. However, I found the Range Rover Evoque’s seats to be much more inviting for leisurely drives… They are softer and the adjustable side bolster support wides the back of the seat.

The Range Rover Evoque rides like a luxury car in comfort mode and a sporty car in dynamic mode. Whereas the Porsche rides like a sports car in all of its modes (comfort, sport, sport plus). Porsche’s pedigree is in sports cars and race cars, so I am not surprised. In fact, I wouldn’t want it any other way for a Porsche.

Comfort Winner: Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic.

Utility

Sports car like fun and utilitarian are traditionally on opposite ends of the spectrum. They never really go together, but these two vehicles represent as close as you are going to get for under $60,000 (base). Both of these vehicles can tow 4,000 pounds, with the Porsche having a slightly greater (400 pounds) towing capacity. Both have adjustable ride height and all-wheel-drive for casual off-road adventures, with the Range Rover having an edge thanks to Land Rovers incredible terrain response system. The Range Rover also has a wadding depth of 23 inches should you decide to cross a river during your travels. Both have a storage capacity over 50 cubic feet.

Utility Winner: Tie

Porsche Macan

Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic

Porsche Macan

Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic

Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic

Technology

With vehicles becoming closer and closer to a computer on wheels, having the latest in-car technology will make drivers feel like they are James Bond. Most buyers expect Apple CarPlay and Sirius Satellite radio to be available on luxury vehicles, and both the Porsche Macan and Range Rover Evoque have them. But Range Rover took in-car technology a step further with three custom configurable displays: one on the instrument cluster and two on the center console. Versus the Porsche which has a limited small screen on the dash and a single screen on the center console.

The Ranger Rover Evoque I tested also included an “Activity Key,” designed to compliment active lifestyles. It is for those times when you want to go to the beach, but are worried about getting your beautifully polished car key wet or scratched. It is basically a black rubber bracelet that allows you to lock and unlock your vehicle. My wife says it looks ugly, but I don’t mind it. Range Rover’s Activity Key doesn’t replace your traditional car key, so you have to leave a key inside the vehicle to start it. To prevent someone from stealing the vehicle though, the Activity Key will disable your regular key while in use. This is one of the coolest features I have seen in a long time. However, I wish the Activity Key could act as your primary key.

Technology Winner: Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic

Overall

Based upon the baseline score, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic beats the current generation Porsche Macan 3-to-1. The Range Rover is the best car all around and it is the best value since it cost less than Porsche.

However if you are getting one of these vehicles to replace a sports car because you added kids to the family…. then make the emotional decision and get the Porsche. It will make you miss your sports car a bit less.

If this is going to be your daily driver and your want something sporty but also comfortable and luxurious… then make the logical decision and get the Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic. You won’t be disappointed.