2022 Porsche Macan

Release Date: Spring 2022 (on sale now but arriving next spring)
Estimated Price: Starting at $56,250 (including destination)
  • Base four-cylinder is more powerful than last year
  • Macan S gets last year's GTS engine, and GTS gets last year's Turbo engine
  • Turbo trim is no more
  • Revised interior with a new center stack design
  • Part of the first Macan generation introduced in 2015
Contact your local dealers about upcoming availability and pricing details.
2022 Porsche Macan Review
More power means more fun, but at a price
What is the Macan?

The 911 represents Porsche's undying commitment to sports cars, while the Taycan is the bold leap into the electrified future. But it's the automaker's SUV lineup that really keeps the lights on in Stuttgart. For every 911 that leaves the production line, Porsche sells two Macans.

Sustaining that level of interest is a big ask for a vehicle that was originally unveiled for the 2015 model year. Now, for 2022, the Macan receives its second significant refresh with subtle styling tweaks and an increase in performance. Porsche hopes this will keep it competitive against such small luxury SUV luminaries as the Mercedes GLC and BMW X3.

How does the Macan drive?

One major reason we're eyeing the 2022 Porsche Macan is that each trim level is more powerful than last year's model. The base Macan's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine now makes 261 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque — 13 hp and 22 lb-ft more than the 2021 Macan. With the optional Sport Chrono package, which includes launch control, Porsche says the Macan accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, or 0.3 second quicker than a comparable 2021 version.

The turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 from last year's Macan S is gone, replaced by the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 that previously drove the next-level GTS. Boasting 375 hp and 383 lb-ft, the 2022 Macan S gets a boost of 27 hp and 29 lb-ft compared to its predecessor. Porsche says the replacement engine is good for a 0-60 mph sprint of 4.4 seconds.

At the top of the performance heap is the Macan GTS, which enjoys the uprated 2.9-liter V6 from last year's discontinued Macan Turbo. With 434 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque, Porsche claims the Macan GTS can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

We spent time in both the S and GTS models. The latter was also fitted with a new GTS Sport package that, for $12,010, adds dynamic and aesthetic features such as larger wheels and a lower, stiffer suspension. Porsche enthusiasts will no doubt be drawn to the most aggressive Macan. But while there's no denying that a GTS fitted with this package has sharp handling more in common with a sports car's than a traditional SUV's, the trade-off is a stiffer ride quality.

The Macan S, by contrast, is likely the sweet spot of the Macan range if you're buying a Macan as a family hauler. It continues to strike a fine balance between sports car aspirations and everyday comfort, and the uprated engine offers a welcome boost in performance over the base model. The standard PASM system, which allows you to choose between softer or more aggressive suspension characteristics, certainly helps here, and our test car further benefited from an optional ($1,390) air suspension.

We haven't driven the new entry-level version of the Macan but the modest increase in horsepower will surely only enhance its appeal. Some might argue that it lacks the straight-line thrust expected of a car with a Porsche badge, but the base Macan's crisp handling, wonderful steering, poise and agility have always appealed.

How comfortable is the Macan?

The Macan's ride comfort is somewhat dependent on how you specify it. The GTS on the optional Sport package feels noticeably firmer than the norm, even in its most comfortable setting. You feel the road surface in a way that's more common to sports cars than traditional SUVs, but it would be wrong to describe it as harsh. The S offers a fine compromise. It feels sporting but manages the neat trick of being agile, composed and comfortable simultaneously. No one does suspension tuning better than Porsche.

If you're a front seat passenger, the Macan is an extremely comfortable place to be. Supportive seats with standard eight-way adjustment combine with a low level of wind and road noise. Rear passengers, however, fare less well. Headroom is plentiful and two 6-footers can sit in tandem, but there's less space than you'll find in a rival Mercedes GLC. Sitting three abreast is a real squeeze.

How's the Macan's interior?

The 2021 Macan was the last vehicle in Porsche's lineup to feature the waterfall-of-hard-buttons center console design. This year, the Macan adopts Porsche's newest design philosophy, which might be described as "waterfall-of-haptic-buttons." While we don't generally prefer a haptic touch panel to actual buttons, Porsche now at least groups the controls in logical clusters. As a plus, you also won't have a sea of blank buttons if you don't check every option box, but piano black plastic is notoriously difficult to keep clean. Also on deck are a selection of new steering wheels taken from the 911 portfolio and a lower-profile transmission shifter.

The rest of the interior is really the same as it was. It might be 7 years old now, but the cabin still looks great and exudes quality. This applies both to the choice of materials and the underlying strength of the build. The Macan is expensive but at least it feels expensive.

How's the Macan's tech?

Technology is one area in which the Macan is starting to show its age a little. The centrally mounted 10.9-inch touchscreen display is a generation behind that found in every other Porsche bar the 718. That means that while there's Apple CarPlay to replicate the functions found on an iPhone, there's no Android Auto. Bad luck if you worship at the altar of Google not Apple.

Macan shoppers should also note that much of the tech you might expect to find fitted as standard is an optional extra. Adaptive cruise control is a $990 option, for example, and wireless charging for a smartphone costs an inexplicable $580. This has long been the Porsche way, but that doesn't make it right.

How's the Macan's storage?

Storage space for odds and ends in the cabin is best described as adequate. The door and center console bins are all modestly sized, which is also a fair description for the glovebox.

The Macan's comparatively small dimensions also compromise trunk capacity. With the rear seats up, its 17.2 cubic feet of capacity is 2.2 cubes smaller than the rival Mercedes GLC's cargo hold — the equivalent of an extra overnight bag. And even the GLC looks tiny next to the new Genesis GV70, which nearly doubles the Macan's capacity with 28.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats. 

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Unfortunately, these welcome upgrades aren't free. While the base Macan is only slightly more expensive than last year's equivalent, the S and GTS have had a significant hike — the S is about $5,000 more than a 2021 model. The 2022 Macan S now starts between the 2021 S and GTS pricewise, while the 2022 Macan GTS' price tag is between those of the 2021 GTS and Turbo models.

The Macan is expensive, but apologists will rightly point to its residual values, which are among the best of any car on sale. This in turn speaks to the Porsche's enduring appeal and the benefits of gentle evolution. Many will balk at paying such a large sum for something so comparatively small. But if you don't need or even want more space, it remains a hugely enticing proposition. The Macan is still the enthusiast's SUV.

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2022 Porsche Macan video

ALISTAIR WEAVER: Hi, Alistair Weaver here for Edmunds with the new 2022 Porsche Macan. It's actually Porsche's second significant update of its diminutive SUV that debuted all the way back in 2014. Today, we're going to find out whether the latest tweaks keep it competitive against such luminaries as the Mercedes GLC and BMW X3. Want to know what one of the biggest changes is to the new Macan? Piano block haptic controls inside, which never, ever look clean. Honestly, they're like caffeine for my OCD. Drives me nuts. But the fact that this is probably the second or maybe the third biggest criticism of the new Macan tells you just how good we really think it is. But before we get into review proper, please subscribe to our channel, because it helps us have more fun. And if you're looking to sell your car, visit edmunds.com/sellmycar. We'll make you a cash offer. Now, let's get on with it. The version we have here is actually the Macan S, which at $67,000 it's neatly between the entry level Macan at $56,000 and the flagship GTS at $81,000. Prices across the range have gone up. The S is now $5,000 more than before. And the range topping Turbo with a capital T is no more. Finito. But what about the much vaunted electric version of Macan, I hear you say? Well, that's currently in development and will debut next year. But it will be an entirely different SUV, designed from the ground up to be an EV, much like the [? TIcon ?] was. And what that means is that for the next few years, you'll have a choice between this aging rocker, fueled from a gas pump, and a new young upstart Macan fueled from a plug. This car will likely soldier on until we no longer want or aren't allowed to buy gas cars anymore. It's a brave new world, my friends. When the Macan last went under the scalpel for the 2019 model year, it gained this horizontal strip of light that is now a feature of every new Porsche. This remains but is joined by a black rear diffuser, which helps improve the aerodynamics by controlling the flow of air under the car. The front of the Macan gets a new mouth, molded from black plastic. It's a bit of a token gesture, as if the designers were told they had to change something. There are also some new wheel designs, but that's pretty much it. You'll have to be a proper Porsche geek to spot it on the road. As we discussed earlier, the bigger changes are actually in here. Now, you may remember in the old Macan that the center console was home to an army of different plastic buttons. The problem was that unless you specified everything on Porsche's gargantuan options list, then you always ended up with a whole series of blanks. And if you spent over $60,000 on a small SUV, you don't really want to look like a cheapskate. So piano black plastic it is. You also got a new steering wheel pinched from the latest 911, but it's a shame that they couldn't also borrow the screen from the sports car. The Macan's technology is actually a generation behind pretty much every other Porsche, bar the 718, and what that means is although you can get Apple CarPlay to replicate the functions on your iPhone, there's no Android auto. So if you're a Google fanboy, tough. The rest of the cabin is pretty much as it was back in the days of Obama. It still looks and feels great, although the impression of quality is boosted on this press demonstrator by $5,850 worth of optional leather with what Porsche calls deviated papaya stitching. Yes, that's almost $6,000 worth of dead cow to go hand in hand with the $1,500 worth of racetex headlining-- that's kind of suedish-- and $1,700 worth of sport seats, which feel great, by the way. And they're just some of the $40,000 worth of options fitted to this very car. Love those 21-inch wheel rims. They're almost $4,500. Don't let anyone tell you that this isn't a proper Porsche. The Macan's lofty price tag, with or without all the options, really throws into sharper focus its Achilles heel-- the lack of space. Now, this front seat is set up for our six-foot producer. I'm 6 foot 4, and as you can see, it's not terrible. I can get my knees in, and there's plenty of headroom. But you'd really struggle to fit three people across this rear bench. There's definitely less room in here than you'd find in a rival Mercedes GLC, not to mention larger alternatives for the same money, such as Mercedes GLE. The trunk's also a bit pokey. With these rear seats up, you get 17 cubic feet of capacity, which is 2 cubic feet less than a Mercedes GLC. And that's the equivalent of an extra carry-on bag. If you really want to carry lots of full-size adults and their luggage, you really need to upscale to the Porsche Cayenne. But there is a flip side to those diminutive proportions. The Macan has always succeeded in feeling like a proper Porsche in the way that the larger Cayenne, to be honest, never really has. Even if you were trading out of a Boxster or Cayman into the Macan, you could do so without resenting your kids. For 2022, these driving dynamics have been enhanced by an extra dollop of power. This new S now boasts the same engine as the outgoing GTS, while the new GTS pinches its motor from the old Turbo. While the moneyed enthusiasts might gravitate towards the ultra sporty GTS, we reckon this S model might just be the sweet spot of the new range. Alongside those 375 horses, you also get to 383 pound-feet of torque from the 2.9 liter twin turbo V6. Porsche claims zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds if you choose the optional Sport Chrono package that's fitted to our car. It's about $1,200. And to be honest, Porsche's claims tend to be pessimistic. Honestly, for a road-going SUV with performance pretensions, it's a really nice mix. If you watch these videos regularly, you'll know that I'm a bit of a stickler for steering feel and precision, and nobody does it better than Porsche, even when you're talking about Porsche's SUVs. There's just a lovely, linear feel to the steering that really helps you place the car accurately on the road. And of course, its small proportions help as well. The whole thing has a real feeling of agility, poise, and just fun that, to be honest, no other rival SUV in this class could match-- not even Mercedes' otherwise excellent AMG GLC. Every S-level Macan gets PASM as standard now. What that basically means in layman's speak is electronic down-ping. You can choose between a stiffer ride quality, if you're really trying to press on, or a bit more comfort on the highway. It's a sunny day in California, so it's no great surprise that these car's displaying plenty of drift. But of course, all-wheel drive is standard on whichever Macan you choose. So it's pretty handy, and in bad weather, too. And this PDK gearbox, which I can never pronounce properly, so I'm not even going to try, is common to pretty much every Porsche now and remains terrific, whether you leave it in auto mode or whether you play with the floppy paddles on here. And on top of that, this car also has over $7,000 worth of extra performance gubbins. That includes air suspension, Porsche torque vectoring-- that's a system that actually helps its agility in tight turns-- and a sports exhaust that cost the best part of $3,000. I mean, it sounds great, but does it sound $3,000 great? Well, it kind of depends how rich you are, I guess. If you doubt how important the Macan is to Porsche, then consider this. For every 718 Boxster or Cayman they sell, they flog 5.6 Macans. It outsells the 911 two to one, and 60% of people who buy them are new to the Porsche brand. Should you be one of them? Well, piano black plastic aside, this car really has two things running against it. One is the lack of interior space, and the second is of course the price. Most shoppers will end up spending over $70,000 on a Macan S. Now, that's about $10,000 more than an equivalently specced and snappily titled Mercedes AMG GLC 43. But-- and it is a big but-- the Macan has always retained its value better than almost any other car. That speaks to its long term desirability and the benefits of gentle evolution. It might be getting on a bit, but this latest trip to the cosmetic surgeon has only enhanced its appeal. The mechanic is the automotive Jennifer Aniston, getting better with age. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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