2022 Porsche Macan S SUV

Rating6.9

Ranked #16 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$65,400

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Key Spec of 2022 Porsche Macan S SUV
fuel economy

17/19/23

fuel type

Premium Unleaded

horsepower

375 hp @ 5200 rpm

basic warranty

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

Updated on: April 1, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Porsche Macan S is Porsche’s answer to take the compact SUV market by storm.  It has all the traits of a Porsche right from the design language to the power delivery. For 2022, Porsche has facelifted the Macan S with a new front and rear design. The 3.0L twin-turbo V6 has been dropped and the Macan S now houses a 2.9L twin-turbo V6 borrowed from the GTS that makes 375 hp and 383 lb-ft. of torque. Although fuel economy is not good, it will definitely impress you with sheer performance. 



The 2022 Macan S is now available for sale at $65,400 and is also available with good lease deals from Porsche. The interior of the Macan S also got a complete overhaul. The steering wheel has been taken from 911 while the center console has been redesigned and now comes with touch-sensitive buttons. The Macan S also packs the latest driver aids. It rivals the likes of the BMW X3 M40i, the Audi SQ5, and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43. Let's see how it stacks up against its rivals in this review


ProsConsWhat's New

Rapid acceleration

It guzzles more fuel than its rivals

Refreshed exterior & interior

Most lively car to drive in its segment

Dismal rear legroom and cargo capacity

2.9L twin-turbo V6 as standard

An extensive list of top-notch options

Lacking driver-assist features that should be standard

User-friendly tech features

Over All Rating

6.9

Out of 10

Pricing and Features7.00
Engine and Performance7.00
Fuel Economy6.00
Interior7.00
Exterior6.00
Safety8.00
Competition7.00
Final Verdict7.00
Notable Rankings

#16 in Compact Suv

#21 in Suv

#45 in Midsize Suv


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Trims

Base$65,400 onwards



Colors and Styles

2022 Porsche Macan S SUV in Carmine Red color
Carmine Red

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The midtier Macan S offers the best balance of power, performance and price- Cnet

The Macan S trim comes with a V6 engine that punches out colossal power figures which reflects in its performance and has high chances to annihilate its competition in every aspect. It also uses an adaptive air suspension with ride height adjustment to ensure that the passengers enjoy a comfortable commute. Moreover, its driving dynamics are really impressive and it is the most frolic car to drive in its class. Well, remember it is a Porsche.

But, all things come at a price. In this case, it is Macan's above-average ownership costs. You may have to spend approximately $13,000 every year for its maintenance, fuel, repairs, depreciation, etc. In terms of reliability, the Macan S has scored 84 out of 100 in the J.D. Power reliability test, which is an outstanding score. Moreover, it ranks above the X3 M40i, the AMG GLC 43, and the SQ5, meaning it holds its value more than its rivals. 

2022 Porsche Macan S SUV Front Angle View
2022 Porsche Macan S SUV Rear Angle View

Buying Advice

The Macan S is the most value for money trim as it offers the most luxury features you get from the top trim and provides better engine performance than the base trim. We recommend equipping the Premium Package Plus for getting access to more comfort and luxury features. 


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Features

Technology is one area in which the Macan is starting to show its age a little- Edmunds

The 2022 Porsche Macan S is the middle child in the Macan lineup. Since it received several updates this year, its price has jumped by $2,200 and now has an MSRP of $65,400. This excludes the destination charge of $1,350. A well-loaded Macan S can reach up to $72,700 and Porsche also offers complete customization of the vehicle through their customization program. 

The Macan S differentiates itself from other models with 20-inch alloy wheels, titanium-colored brake calipers, Porsche Active Suspension Management, and quad exhaust outlets. However, an AWD configuration is standard. Speaking of optional packages, the $2,240 Premium Package adds a 14-speaker Bose premium sound system, rear heated seats, Porsche's Dynamic Light System Plus, and lane change assist. 

Trims

S

MSRP

$65,400

Key Features

10.9-inch touchscreen w/ wireless Apple CarPlay
  10-speaker sound system
  Dual-zone automatic climate control
  20-inch alloy wheels

 

LED headlamps 

 

Ambient lighting

 

8-way power front leather seats
  Heated front seats
  Power tailgate
  Power-folding, auto-dimming, heated exterior mirrors

The Premium Package Plus includes all the items from the aforementioned package and also gains ventilated front seats, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, and a panoramic sunroof for $4,790. There are also some standalone options like adaptive cruise control ($900) and lane keep assist ($700). 


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Engine and Performance
7.0/10

The V-6's additional shove is most noticeable when pulling away from a stop or when matting the pedal- CarAndDriver

The 2022 Porsche Macan S now boasts the same engine as the outgoing GTS which is a 2.9L twin-turbocharged V6. This engine is capable of producing 375 hp and 383 lb-ft. of torque. The engine works synchronously with Porsche’s renowned 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is hands down the best transmission in its competition which generates seamless and smooth gear ratios while an AWD system is standard.

The Macan S gets Porsche's Active Suspension Management as standard. You can choose between a stiffer ride quality or a bit more comfort on a highway. The Macan S also offers agile handling at the corners and its AWD system provides immense grip. If it's about steering feel and precision, nobody does it better than a Porsche. There's just a lovely linear feel to the steering that helps you place the car accurately on the road. 

In terms of performance, Porsche claims that the Macan S can do 0-60 MPH run in 4.4 seconds if fitted with the optional Sport Chrono package. Keep the pedal floored and it completes the quarter-mile drag in 12.6 seconds with a track top speed of 167 MPH. The sheer performance and raspy exhaust note will give you thrills no matter where you drive. Likewise, the Macan S' braking performance is also great and takes 108 feet to come to rest from 60 MPH. 

Models

2022 Porsche Macan S

2022 BMW X3 M40i

2022 Audi SQ5

2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 

MSRP

$65,400

$57,800

$55,600

$59,900 

Engine

2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 

3.0L Turbo Inline-6

3.0L Turbo V6

3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Power 

375 hp @ 5,200 RPM

382 hp @ 5,800 RPM

349 hp @ 5400 RPM

385 hp @ 6,100 RPM

Torque

383 lb-ft. @ 1,850 RPM

369 lb-ft. @ 1,800 RPM 

369 lb-ft. @ 1,370 RPM

384 lb-ft. @ 2,500 RPM

0-60 MPH

4.4 sec

4.9 sec

4.7 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13.4 sec

13.4 sec

12.9 sec

Top Speed

167 MPH

155 MPH

15 MPH

155 MPH

Towing Capacity 4,409 lbs 4,400 lbs 4,400 lbs 3,500 lbs

The Audi SQ5's engine is underpowered but its acceleration is surprisingly good. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 gives a good challenge to the Macan S in terms of performance but its low tow ratings are quite disappointing. The heavy curb weight of the BMW M40i pushes it behind its rivals. Overall, the Macan S lives up to its name by delivering sheer performance. 


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Fuel Economy
6.0/10

As you'd expect, gas mileage is worse- Carbuzz

The Porsche Macan S is not the most fuel-efficient SUV in the segment. The increase in power has dropped down the fuel economy by just 1 MPG, which is really assuring. The EPA-estimated ratings are 17 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on a highway, and 19 MPG combined. Fuel-conscious people steer away from the Macan S. 

Unlike its rivals, the Macan S requires regular gas but be sure to put premium gas in it for sheer performance. Porsche also swapped its fuel tank capacity from 19.8 gallons to 17.1 gallons and as a result, it's driving way less than the competition. At its full capacity, the Macan S can cover up to 325 miles in any driving condition. 

Models

2022 Porsche Macan S

2022 BMW X3 M40i

2022 Audi SQ5

2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 

MPG (City)

17

21

18

18

MPG (Highway)

23

26

24

24

MPG (Combined)

19

23

20

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallon)

17.1

17.2

18.5

17.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

291/393/325 361/447/396

333/444/370

313/418/348

Undoubtedly, the BMW X3 M40i has the best fuel economy and class-leading range. The Audi SQ5 and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43's fuel economy are identical but the former's large fuel tank helps cover the farthest distances. Comparatively, the Macan S falls behind the competition in terms of fuel economy and is definitely not a wise choice. 


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Interior
7.0/10

The Porsche Macan has the spirit of a sports car, but it doesn’t forget that it’s a luxury SUV- Kelly Blue Book

The 2022 Porsche Macan S sees some minor changes to the cabin. For instance, it gets a new steering wheel pinched from the latest 911, a new gear selector that looks plush, and a redesigned touch-sensitive center console. The rest of the cabin still looks and feels great. As with every other Porsche, it would also now get a standard analog watch that adorns the interior of the car. 

Leather seats are standard but Porsche offers numerous upholstery choices for the Macan S. The front seats boast excellent comfort levels and are nicely bolstered. They are 8-way power-adjustable and come standard with heated functionality. The rear seats aren't spacious as the front ones and the rear passengers won't be comfortable for too long as the legroom is in short supply. 

The Macan S retains the 10.9-inch touchscreen that supports wireless Apple CarPlay but strangely Android Auto is still not offered. It is one of the most intuitive systems in its segment and is also very user-friendly and engrossing and a treat for techno-geeks to play with. A 10-speaker sound system is standard but you can upgrade to a Bose/Burmester premium audio system with 14/16 speakers. 

Models

2022 Porsche Macan S

2022 BMW X3 M40i

2022 Audi SQ5

2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

40.0/57.6/40.3

39.6/57.7/40.9

37.8/57.3/40.8

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

38.5/56.0/36.4

39.3/56.5/38.0

38.5/56.5/37.3

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft.)

17.2

28.7

25.8

17.6

Pop the trunk and you will see 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is really less than its classmates. This increases to 53.0 cubic feet thanks to the 60/40 split-folding rear seats. It can carry enough luggage for a family of four but it's still less than its rivals. On the other hand, interior storage is pretty decent in this SUV. Some other cool cabin features are:

  • Leather multi-function steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power liftgate
  • 8-way power front leather seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Ambient lighting
  • 10.9-inch touchscreen w/ wireless Apple CarPlay
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Navigation system

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Exterior
6.0/10

Exterior styling is one of the many strong suits of the Porsche Macan- Kelly Blue Book

The exterior of the Porsche Macan S gets a lot of tweaks to its design. The front of the Macan S gets a new mouth which includes integrated air intakes molded from black plastic. Sport design mirrors that come as standard looks spectacular and goes well with the exterior design of the car. The black bodyside moldings can be available in matte gray or body-color finish. 

The Macan S rides on 19-inch alloy wheels and gets new wheel designs. It sports a short wheelbase and hence, it lacks enough rear legroom. The rear horizontal taillight strip is joined by a black rear diffuser which helps improve aerodynamics by controlling the flow of air under the car.  New quad exhausts add to the rear end of the car to make it look even more aggressive.

Models

2022 Porsche Macan S

2022 BMW X3 M40i

2022 Audi SQ5

2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,350 4,392 4,288 4,191

Length (in)

186.1 185.9 184.3

183.5

Width (in)

76.1

74.7

74.5 76.0

Height (in)

63.8

66.0 

65.5 64.0

Ground Clearance (in)

7.8

8.0

8.2 6.7

Wheelbase (in)

110.5

112.8 

111.0 113.1

The BMW X3 M40i's wheelbase is the widest among its rivals. This speaks for its spacious rear row. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 sits quite low to the ground at 6.7 inches for easy egress and ingress. The overall length and width of the Audi SQ5 are compact than the X3 M40i. This translates to better maneuverability at tight spots. Some other exterior features are:

  • LED dynamic lighting headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • LED taillights
  • Fog lamps
  • Power-folding, heated, auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Black grille w/ active grille shutters
  • Quad exhaust tips
  • Black bodyside moldings
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Aluminum window trim
  • Black rear roofline spoiler

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Safety
8.0/10

The Macan can be had with a wide array of driver-assistance technology, but almost none of it is standard- CarAndDriver

Sadly the Porsche Macan S has no ratings from the two top-most organizations (NHTSA & IIHS) even when it comes to the previous generation due to its expensive price tag. The aluminum and high-strength steel body structure of the Macan S can resist deformation and absorb the maximum amount of collision energy during a crash. 

The Macan S gets a suite of top-notch and world-class safety features. But, only a few of them are standard. For the kind of money you pay, the Macan S misses on key driver-assist features, which is a bit frustrating. Some features are available as standalone options while some of them are bundled under optional packages. These include:

  • Lane change assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • 360-degree camera
  • Park assist
  • Automatic emergency braking

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Competition
7.0/10

2022 Porsche Macan S vs 2022 BMW X3 M40i 

The BMW X3 M40i is one of the most appealing SUVs in BMW’s lineup. It offers great performance but it cannot match the agility and driving dynamics offered by the Macan S. Both the SUVs boast a classy-looking cabin but the X3 M40i offers more rear legroom and a spacious cargo room. It also offers best-in-class fuel economy and more standard safety tech. The X3 M40i is a well-rounded SUV but if you're a driving enthusiast, pick the Macan S. 

2022 BMW X3

2022 Porsche Macan S vs 2022 Audi SQ5

With a price difference of nearly 10 grand, the Audi SQ5 is an affordable SUV in this class. Its engine is underpowered but it is engaging to drive like the Macan S. In the interior department, the SQ5 wins with more space and technology on offer. It also offers better cargo space behind the second row. No doubt, the Macan S is a better driver's machine with fiery acceleration but the SQ5 is a better all-rounder that would definitely meet the standards of a luxury family car.

2022 Audi SQ5

2022 Porsche Macan S vs 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 is one of the bland-looking luxury SUVs out there but it offers oodles of luxury at your disposal. Despite housing a powerful engine, its performance is modest while its tow ratings are the least among other Germans. But its ride quality is excellent in the class. The cabin is equally luxurious as the Macan S but its rear-seat space and cargo capacity are slightly better. The AMG GLC 43 might seem a better option but the Macan S is worth checking out. 

2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43
Final Verdict
7.0/10

The 2022 Porsche Macan S is the closest you can get to a sports car in its segment and it is definitely a no-brainer when it comes to performance and handling. It is the most engaging car to drive in its competition. However, the fuel economy and cargo space are on the downside. With its traditional Porsche design, it would definitely turn a lot of heads on the streets. If you want a premium family luxury car with the DNA and sportiness of a Porsche, be in no doubt, this would be the perfect pick for you.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$65400

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

177 cu in

horse power

375 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

383 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

7-Speed Automated Manual

capacity
cargo volume

53 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

17/19/23 mpg

highway range

393.30 mi


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