It does when you’re spending a lot more than Audi money and you want some fundamental “grains” to go with the premium of your Porsche badge.
What matters most to me is that I'm getting a superior driving experience and nicer interior appointments worth the extra $. Could care less where the parts are sourced from so long as there are not dependability issues.
If I had to do it all over again today I would again be considering the SQ5 alternative. I think VAG has allowed the gap between the two cars to close somewhat. Especially noticeable if you drive an SQ5 with AS and Audi's version of PTV. And in the definition of "superior driving experience" I include tech.
Is the Porsche worth more? Of course. But I ask myself how much more. I expect there will soon be (if there are not already) AS lowering modules allowing improvement to the SQ5's handlng. Would it match the Macan's handling? Would not at all expect that, but based on the huge handling improvement with the lowering module on my current Macan, I would expect a significant improvement to the OEM SQ5 AS.
One of the things that really pushed me to go with the Macan was the availability of the larger engine with all the low end torque, even though I very much like the immediacy of the supercharged engine on the old generation SQ5. In this category and price range I want a car that accelerates absolutely effortlessly. But now the old SQ5 is gone and the new SQ5 engine feels very similar to the GTS engine. The piece we don't know yet is what will the new Turbo power be like with the 2.9? I'm interested in more than just peak horsepower numbers as I don't often take the engine beyond 4500 RPM. Guess we will know fairly soon.
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