2022 Porsche Cayenne S SUV

MSRP $86,800

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2022 Porsche Cayenne S SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Porsche Cayenne S is the sportier trim in the Cayenne’s lineup and is offered as a regular Porsche Cayenne and the Cayenne S Coupe. When the 2021 Porsche Cayenne S was launched, there were not many changes from the 2020 model year. The story will remain pretty much the same for the 2022 model year, as the Porsche Cayenne will get a facelift with very slight changes to it. There will not be any mechanical changes to the Porsche Cayenne S, but there will be some changes in the exterior and interior styling of the Cayenne S.

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Pros

Mighty V6 engine 

One of the best handling SUVs

Various customization options

Strong build quality

Cons

Compromised rear visibility

Many basic features come as an option

Noisy fans for the climate control

What's New?

Revised headlights and taillights

Updated infotainment system

Latest PCM 6.0 for infotainment


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$86800

bodystyle

2dr SUV

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

transmission

7-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

117.7 in.

length

193.8 in.

width

78 in.

height

54.5 in.

curb weight

4112 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

28.2 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17.7/21 mpg

highway range

540.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited

corrosion warranty

3 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$86,800 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Porsche Cayenne S SUV in Biscay Blue Metallic color
Biscay Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Final Verdict

8.1

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The Porsche Cayenne S will be launched at an expected price of $86,800 and the Cayenne S Coupe will be offered at an expected price of $91,900. The Porsche Cayenne S has always been a sweet spot among the other trims offered in the Cayenne lineup. It offers a great performance and value proposition. The Porsche Cayenne S is powered by a mighty twin-turbo V6 engine that is powerful enough to entertain you on your daily drives and have some serious performance on reserve when you need the extra power. The 2022 Porsche Cayenne S will compete against the likes of BMW X5 M50i, Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53, and Audi SQ8. 


9.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.1/10
Final Verdict


2022 Porsche Cayenne S SUV Features

9.0/10

The 2022 Porsche Cayenne S will be a well-equipped single trim option that packs in some serious performance inside the hood. The standard features are very generous, but still, there are many basic features that should be as standard that come as optional. The standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, Dual-zone climate control, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, Porsche Connect, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You also get a Panoramic roof for the feeling of ambiance inside the cabin.

Trims

2022 Porsche Cayenne S

MSRP

$86,800

Key Features

19-inch alloy wheels (specific to Cayenne S) with all-season tires

 

LED headlights with LED DRLs

 

Dual-zone climate control

 

12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment 

 

Porsche Connect, WiFi Integration

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

 

Power front seats and Panoramic roof

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As the Porsche Cayenne S is a single and well-loaded trim, you can go with it without much concern if you are looking for the best value in the Cayenne lineup. The standard features list is good enough for your daily needs. You can go for the Adaptive Sport front seats with 14-way power adjustments to hold you better in the corners at higher speeds. You can also go for heated steering wheels and massaging front seats, as they are optional features. 

Release Date

There is no concrete evidence on the release date of the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S. Still, it is expected that the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S should be released by the fall of 2021. There are not many changes expected in the 2022 Porsche Cayenne, and it will be a facelift model with very minor changes on the exterior and the interior. Mechanically, it is expected to be the same. The 2022 Porsche Cayenne will introduce a new top trim Cayenne Turbo GT, which will be at the top of the 2022 Porsche Cayenne lineup.

2022 Porsche Cayenne S SUV Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The engine under the hood of the current generation Porsche Cayenne S is a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. The engine remains the same as the 2019 model and it will be the same for the 2022 model also. The engine produces a peak power of 434 horsepower and a peak torque of 405 lb-ft of torque. The power is mated to a very precise and smooth 8-Speed Automatic transmission. The power delivery is very smooth and the transmission also does a great job of sending the power to all four wheels. 

The performance of the Porsche Cayenne S has always been a strength of it and it still remains in its favor. The peak torque is delivered in the very lower end of the rave range, which helps it counter the turbo lag very well. When you want a comfortable drive inside the city, you can select the normal drive mode for easy driving. You can change the driving mode to Sport or for an even better response Sport+ mode. It doesn’t only change the engine response, but it also changes the other bits for better driving dynamics.

The handling of the Porsche Cayenne is a key reason why you can choose it over the competitors. The moment you switch it in the Sport+ mode, the suspension stiffens up well and the steering wheels gain a positive weight to it. You feel connected to the road, and you have control of every aspect of driving. The adaptive suspensions also help the Porsche Cayenne S handle well around the corners. The optional bucket seats will be a great pick if you want to improve the handling as they hold you well around the corners. 

The current generation of the Porsche Cayenne takes an impressive 4.9 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill. The quarter-mile run takes 13.6 seconds which is again very impressive. The acceleration figure might not be the best in the segment, but they are very impressive for an SUV. The handling of the Porsche Cayenne compensates for the little difference in the acceleration which is more important than a fraction of seconds faster off the line. The performance should remain pretty much the same for the 2022 model as there are no mechanical changes in the Cayenne for the 2022 model year.

Models

2022 Porsche Cayenne S (Expected)

2022 BMW X5 M50i (Expected)

2022 Mercedes AMG GLE 53

2022 Audi SQ8

MSRP

$86,800

$84,495

$73,050

$91,095

Engine

2.9L Twin-turbo V6

4.4L Twin-Power Turbo V8

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

4.0L Turbocharged V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

434 hp @ 5,700

523 hp @ 5,500

429 hp @ 6,100

500 hp @ 5,500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

405 lb-ft @ 1,800

553 lb-ft @ 1,800

384 lb-ft @ 1,800 

568 lb-ft @ 3,000

0-60 mph (sec)

4.9

4.1

5.2

4.3

Quarter Mile (sec)

13.6

13.4

13.4

12.4

Top Speed (mph)

164

155

155

155

The highest power of the BMW X5 M50i also translates into the best performance, and it is the fastest SUV in 0 to 60 sprints. The Audi SQ8 comes in the second position with a marginal difference, but it turns out to be the fastest SUV in the quarter-mile run. The Porsche Cayenne S comes at number three, completing the 0 to 60 mph sprint under five seconds time. The Porsche Cayenne S has the highest top-speed in the comparison and it can go up to 164 miles per hour. The Mercedes AMG GLE 53 comes last in terms of acceleration figures.

2022 Porsche Cayenne S SUV Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Porsche Cayenne S is a performance-oriented trim of the Cayenne lineup and you do not expect an SUV that is focused on performance to deliver great mpg figures. The case is not very different for the Porsche Cayenne S, but it manages to deliver a very good fuel economy for the segment. The current generation of the Porsche Cayenne S delivers 18 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and an impressive 20 mpg in mixed driving conditions. The fuel economy should also be similar for the 2022 model year as the powertrain and drivetrain will be the same. You can enjoy the best in class 521 miles of highway range with a 23.7 gallons fuel tank.

Models

2022 Porsche Cayenne S

2022 BMW X5 M50i

2022 Mercedes AMG GLE 53

2022 Audi SQ8

MPG (City)

18

16

18

15

MPG (Highway)

22

22

22

21

MPG (Combined)

20

18

20

17

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

23.7

21.9

22.5

22.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

427.0/521.0/474.0

350.0/482.0/394.0

405.0/495.0/450.0

337.5/472.5/382.5

Most likely, the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S will continue to have the best fuel economy figures in the comparison. The Mercedes AMG GLE 53 also matches the Porsche Cayenne S in terms of fuel economy figures. The Audi SQ8 offers the worst fuel economy compared to the other SUVs in the comparison. The Porsche Cayenne S has the largest fuel tank of the lot, which helps it achieve the best range on long journeys.

2022 Porsche Cayenne S SUV Interior

The interior of the Porsche Cayenne S has always been premium and quality-driven. The story will be the same for the 2022 model year as there are not many changes expected in the interior. There might be slight changes in the interior, but mostly it is going to be the same. The interior looks well put together and there is nothing much to complain about the interior of the Porsche Cayenne S. The materials used inside the interior feel very premium and you don’t find any cheap materials inside the cabin.

There are plenty of adjustments for the driver inside the interior of the Porsche Cayenne S. It helps the driver get comfortable in the seats to match the driving position with the mighty performance of the SUV. The cabin feels very ergonomic and every control lies well within the range of the driver. The controls are very straightforward and do not feel confusing to use. The adjustment options are very generous and it is easy for the driver of any size to get comfortable in the cabin. 

The Porsche Cayenne offers great space and comfort in both rows of the cabin. Although Porsche has not confirmed the dimensions of the interior space, the cabin feels very spacious from the inside. The front row has good legroom and headroom, and the shoulder room is also very good. You do not feel cramped inside the cabin. The third row has enough space to accommodate three passengers that is impressive for a sporty SUV. The trunk space is on the lower side, but it gets the job done for most parts.

Models

2022 Porsche Cayenne S

2022 BMW X5 M50i

2022 Mercedes AMG GLE 53

2022 Audi SQ8

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

40.7/60.0/39.8

40.5/59.3/40.3

37.1/59.5/41.6

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N[A

39.4/58.1/37.4

36.9/58.3/40.9

38.1/58.5/40.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

27.2

33.9

33.3

30.5

The BMW X5 M50i offers the best cargo area in the comparison here. The Merc and Audi also offer a good cargo area of over 30 cubic feet. The Porsche Cayenne S offers the least cargo space against the competitors at 27.3 cubic feet. Here are some of the standout interior features of the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S:

  • Power front seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Spacious cabin 
  • Use of premium quality materials inside the cabin

How intuitive is the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S infotainment unit?

The 2022 Porsche Cayenne S will have an updated infotainment system. The display unit remains the same 12.3-inch touchscreen display, but it gets Porsche’s latest PCM 6.0 user interface. The infotainment system of the current generation Porsche Cayenne S is very confusing to use and the controls are not easy to navigate. 

The 2022 model may resolve this issue with the updated user interface of the latest sixth generation of the Porsche Communication Management. The 2022 Porsche Cayenne S will also feature an updated 14-speaker Bose sound system or a 21-speaker Burmester 3D High-End sound system. The standout infotainment features of the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S include:

  • 12.3 touchscreen infotainment system
  • 14-speaker Bose setup or a 21-speaker Burmester 3D Sound System
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • WiFi hotspot and Porsche Connect
  • PMC 6.0 

2022 Porsche Cayenne S SUV Exterior

8.0/10

The 2022 Porsche Cayenne S will go through some minor changes from the exterior compared to the current year model. The SUV is expected to get an updated front and rear fascia to change the overall styling. It will also include the changes in the headlights and taillights design language compared to the ongoing model.

The cargo capacity is also expected to remain the same for the 2022 model. The cargo area offered in the Porsche Cayenne S is not the best of the lot, and in fact, it offers one of the least cargo capacities in the segment. Still, the cargo capacity is good enough and gets the job done for the most part. We hope with our fingers crossed that it carries the same capacity as the ongoing model.

The 2022 Porsche Cayenne S has always been a sporty SUV with striking looks from the outside. It gets sleek headlights on the front with four points LED daytime running lights that attract the eyes out on the road very well. The side also looks very striking with those 19-inch Cayenne S alloy wheels with all-season tires that look great. You can also go for the 20-inch alloys if you wish. The rear end gets LED taillights and looks very proportionate with the overall styling of the SUV. 

You get a ton of customization options with the Porsche Cayenne S, and that will largely remain the same for the 2022 model year. You can get more information about the customization options after the release of the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S in our in-depth review of the 2022 model.

Models

2022 Porsche Cayenne S

2022 BMW X5 M50i

2022 Mercedes AMG GLE 53

2022 Audi SQ8

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,725

5,260

5,082

5,324

Length (inches)

194.2

194.3

194.4

196.6

Width (inches)

86.4

87.3

84.9

78.5

Height (inches)

66.0

68.7

70.2

67.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.6

8.3

7.5

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

114

117.1

117.9

117.9

The Porsche Cayenne S has the shortest wheelbase compared to the other SUVs in the competition. Still, it has managed the space in the cabin very well and only lacks behind in the cargo area than the competitors. It is also wider than its Merc and Audi counterparts coming slightly behind the BMW X5 M50i. The Cayenne S also remains the lightest car on the lot. Standout exterior features in the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S are:

  • LED Headlights with LED DRLs
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Tons of customization options

2022 Porsche Cayenne S SUV Safety

7.0/10

The current generation of the Porsche Cayenne S or even the regular Porsche Cayenne models has not been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yet. The Porsche Cayenne S packs in many standard driver assistance features as standard and they are enough to keep you safe during your daily commute. You can also go for the optional safety features as there are many of the optional safety techs too. 

Safety should not be a big concern for the buyers of the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S, as it will come with the same safety features and driver aids as the ongoing model. The standard safety features include the features like Integrated Porsche 4D-Chassis Control and the Porsche Side Impact Protection System. Some of the safety features of the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S are:

  • Integrated Porsche 4D-Chassis Control
  • Porsche Side Impact Protection System
  • Tire pressure monitoring system 
  • Emergency brake warning and brake assist
  • Park assist
  • Surround-view
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic sign recognition system

2022 Porsche Cayenne S SUV Competition

2022 Porsche Cayenne S vs. 2022 BMW X5 M50i

The BMW X5 M50i produces quite a lot of power and torque compared to the Porsche Cayenne S. It is also larger than the Porsche in every dimension and has a better road presence. But it is surprising for a Bimmer that it lacks behind the Cayenne S in overall driving dynamics and pleasure. It is also less fuel-efficient than the Porsche if that matters for you. But the fact that the BMW X5 M50i costs less makes it a compelling buy over the Porsche Cayenne S.

2022 Porsche Cayenne S vs. 2022 Mercedes AMG GLE 53

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 53 is the most affordable offering of the lot. It is also more practical and luxurious from the inside than the Porsche. Merc is known for its mature ride and luxurious cabin and the Mercedes AMG GLE 53 is no exception. But if you are looking for a better driver’s car then Merc doesn’t even come close to the Porsche Cayenne S. The decision depends on your priorities if you want better comfort or driving pleasure.

2022 Porsche Cayenne S vs. 2022 Audi SQ8

The Porsche and Audi are corporate cousins and that’s why many experiences become the same between the two. The Audi SQ8 is the newest SUV in the segment and is more powerful than the Porsche Cayenne S. It also handles with the same agility as the Porsche. The fact that the Audio SQ8 costs more than the Porsche makes it a not so better pick in the comparison. The Porsche Cayenne S becomes a better choice as it costs less and also offers better fuel efficiency.

2022 Porsche Cayenne S SUV Final Verdict

8.1/10

The Porsche Cayenne S will be a carryforward model of the ongoing model of the Cayenne S. There will not be any major changes in the 2022 model year that will make a big difference in the already great SUV. The changes in the exterior styling and the infotainment will be the only differentiating factor between the ongoing model and the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S. The Porsche Cayenne S remains a great contender in the segment for the same reasons. It offers a blend of performance and handling in a package. The changes for the 2022 Porsche Cayenne S are not worth the wait and you can go for the ongoing model if you want to buy a Porsche Cayenne S. 

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