2022 Porsche Macan

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2022 Porsche Macan Test Drive Review: The Performance Benchmark Refined

The Porsche Macan is a cheaper and smaller crossover than the Cayenne, but it's no bargain-basement dweller. It's lighter, better looking, and has better handling, making it more of a super-hot hatchback than a family hauler. Still in its first generation, the Macan has been substantially updated for 2022, dropping the Turbo model and introducing a new range-topper in the form of a 434-horsepower Macan GTS. The base Macan retains a four-cylinder turbo-powered model punching out 261 hp while the Macan S uses a twin-turbo V6 packing 375 hp.

In the world of compact crossovers, the Macan is a comfortable and sophisticated machine that boasts Porsche performance chops, but faces stiff competition from the Audi SQ5, BMW X4, and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. To find out if the upgraded 2022 model keeps the Macan's position as the benchmark for small crossover style and performance, CarBuzz was invited to test drive the updated SUV.

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2022 Porsche Macan Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Porsche Macan?

The Porche Macan enters 2022 sporting a significant facelift. It has a new design front and rear, and the base wheel size has increased to 19 inches. All models in the range get a power upgrade, with the GTS variant now boasting 434 hp. That's enough power to render the Turbo model moot, which is exactly what Porsche has done. The interior also gets a complete overhaul and now comes standard with a redesigned console housing the haptic feedback touch buttons found in more recent Porsches. Lane departure warning and front and rear park assist have also been included across the range.

Pros and Cons

  • Stylish design
  • Modern interior
  • Handles like a hot hatch
  • Great engine options
  • It's an affordable Porsche
  • V6 models are expensive
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Lacking driver-assist features that should be standard

What's the Price of the 2022 Porsche Macan?

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2022 Porsche Macan Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2022 Macan Exterior

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  • Length 186.1 in
  • Wheelbase 110.5 in
  • Height 63.8 in
  • Max Width 76.1 in
  • Curb Weight 4,151.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Carrara White Metallic +$700
  • Jet Black Metallic +$700
  • Volcano Grey Metallic +$700
  • Dolomite Silver Metallic +$700
  • Gentian Blue Metallic +$700
  • Night Blue Metallic +$700
  • Papaya Metallic +$700
  • Mahogany Metallic +$700
  • Chalk +$2,910
  • Carmine Red +$2,910
  • Miami Blue +$2,910
  • Python Green +$2,910
  • Custom Color +$11,430
  • Custom Color Metallic +$11,430
  • White
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2022 Macan Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

Porsche invited us to spend some serious time with European spec models in Southern California. That gave us a chance to put the 2022 Porsche Macan S through its paces in heavy traffic, on cut-up city streets, in the canyons, and out on the freeway. The update includes a fresh tune on the suspension that stiffens the Macan all round, but more so at the rear. The difference around town and on freeways is mostly negligible due to the active suspension on the S model. Still, out on the canyon roads, the Macan S is sharper than ever and exploits Porsche's Active Suspension Management to the fullest. It's a wonder that the small crosser can evoke the handling prowess of a 911, but it does. The rear-biased all-wheel drive lays the power down with little fuss but a lot of thrill, the brakes are responsive and easy to modulate, and when pushed into tight, technical sections of road, the Macan S becomes a fearsome little machine.

On back roads, the Macan is straight-up entertaining even if you forget to pop it into Sport mode, where things become particularly ferocious. The transmission holds gears, throttle response tightens drastically, and the V6 sounds way better than a V6 should. It's not a lazy comparison we made in the intro to a hot hatch because that is, essentially, what the Macan is. Particularly in its GTS guise with the suspension lowered by an extra inch. Either way, the Macan loves to turn in hard and maintain tight lines through the curves if driving hard is your thing.

The only way the Macan could be better on rough city streets is with the pillowy GTS air suspension setup. The steering is a little lighter than sports car enthusiasts will expect, but it's not out of place and pays off the most when slipping through tight city back streets to avoid traffic. The PDK transmission pays off as much in back streets, in traffic, and out on the freeway as much as it does in Sport mode. Any way you drive the Macan, the ride is never harsh, and the cabin is plush and quiet. Add that to a smooth and robust powertrain, and the Macan is a sophisticated little crossover, as happy cruising on back roads as it is on the freeway or traversing a city.

2022 Macan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity

2022 Macan Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Macan Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the New Porsche Macan A Good SUV?

As a small performance crossover, the new Porsche Macan retains its edge to remain the best among its competitors. However, that comes at a price as you'll need to step into a twin-turbo V6 to get the full enthusiast experience. The 2022 update improves the overall recipe, and it's hard to find fault with the overall package beyond cost and Porsche's annoying habit of charging extra for features that should be standard. Build quality is excellent, as is comfort and ride, and the Macan makes for a great and practical daily driver. As a family vehicle, space becomes an issue, but families with smaller kids won't have a problem.

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2022 Porsche Macan Comparisons

Porsche Cayenne
Audi Q5 CarBuzz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Porsche Macan261 hp19/25 mpg$57,500
Porsche Cayenne 335 hp17/22 mpg$72,200
Audi Q5 201 hp23/29 mpg$44,200

2022 Porsche Macan vs Porsche Cayenne

The base price of a Porsche Cayenne is roughly $70,000, putting it in the same sort of ballpark as the $65,400 Macan S and $79,900 Macan GTS. You might be tempted to upgrade to the more prestigious SUV, but at the base level, you only get the older turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 producing 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Both the 375-hp S and 434-hp GTS Macans provide more power, a more exhilarating soundtrack, and more thrilling handling dynamics. The older engine may provide more low-down torque, but it just isn't a performance car engine.

In every other way, the Cayenne is superior, however. It has more interior room, and the 22 cube trunk beats the Macan's 17.9 cube trunk easily. The Cayenne also has a longer list of standard features, including forward collision warning with automatic braking and a 12.3-inch touchscreen interface. The Cayenne is a better product but keep away from the entry-level model. What you want is the mid-spec S that uses the newer 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, but for the privilege of owning that particular Cayenne, you'll have to fork over $86,800 before options.

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2022 Porsche Macan vs Audi Q5

The Porsche Macan SUV and Audi Q5 used to share a lot in common, right down to the wheelbase. The all-new Q5 rides on a slightly longer 111-inch wheelbase (110.5 for the Porsche), using the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and turbocharged inline-four-cylinder. The GTI-derived engine delivers 261 hp/295 lb-ft in the Porsche, while the Audi gets 261 hp and 273 lb-ft, meaning it barely rivals the standard Macan, let alone the more powerful ones which require a step up to the Audi SQ5 - reviewed separately.

In our opinion, the Audi wins it in the interior department with its minimalist, high-quality approach. It's also more practical, offering 25.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity versus Porsche's 17.9 cubes. Even the rear seats are more accommodating. The Porsche's pricing starts where the Audi's ends and even the SQ5 is significantly cheaper than most Macan models, though it uses the same underwhelming 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 as the Cayenne.

There's no doubt that the Macan is a better driving tool. Even the base four-cylinder is more engaging and fun than any available Audi Q5, including the SQ5. If that's your primary consideration, stick with the Macan, but the Audi is undoubtedly a better all-rounder at a more affordable price.

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