The 2022 Porsche Cayenne is a car that’s larger than life. Up close, it stands tall and proud, with an undeniable air of strength and confidence. Being a Porsche, the Cayenne is a head-turner, with elegant, classic lines that complement a dynamic and sporty body design. As the brand’s flagship SUV, the 2022 Porsche Cayenne was built for performance. While it’s aesthetically impeccable at every inch, Porsches are beasts under the hood, made to compete against the best of the best, on and off the track.
The Cayenne is defined as a sports car in an SUV body. It’s powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission; a combination that produces 335 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. If you’re behind the wheel, this is power that is responsive and instantly delivered with every step of the accelerator, reinforcing the fact that the Cayenne is more than just a pretty face. It is a car for the enthusiast that craves excitable thrill and drivable precision.
This balance of performance and aesthetic design is an experience in itself. From the outside, the Cayenne sits high up on 19-inch 5-spoke light alloy wheels, combined with a generous hoodline that flows down to a formidable front-end bumper and steel grille. It has a structured curvature that houses perfectly proportioned LED headlights and a streamlined nose-to-tail slope for a long, elegant profile. On the inside, the Cayenne is luxury at its finest. The cabin is furnished with fully embossed 8-way electric leather seats, armrests, and door panels, while the steering wheel rim and gear selectors are wrapped in smooth-finish leather. These details are complemented with contrasting decorative trims in high-gloss finish in piano black that extend all the way to the rear door panels.
Being one of the most sought-after luxury vehicles of its time doesn’t deter the Porsche Cayenne from being a car that is meant to be lived in. Its nameplate alone seems imposing, but to appreciate the beauty of a Cayenne is to take it out on the open road, where its full potential truly shines. Being in the city, where gridlock, stop-and-go traffic is inevitable, you can feel the car’s frustration at being held back from going the extra mile. However, once the highway opens and you let it do its work — it is simply magic.
This is also the moment when you would appreciate the premium comfort of taking a long drive in a Porsche. Apart from the cushy details, Porsche has considered the practical nuances required of travel. For starters, temperatures are kept in check with a four-zone automatic climate control system that includes an active carbon filter to trap allergens and dust. In-cabin entertainment is fully packed with an HD 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, featuring the extensive Porsche Communication Management (PCM) interface for centralized control of audio, navigation, and communication.
The Cayenne is also fitted with a Bose Surround Sound System that is remotely upgraded through a centralized software. You can also count on ample stowage options, like cupholders in the front and second rows and along the door frames, and handy compartment bins in the center console where the USB-C charging ports are also located.
For safety, the Porsche Cayenne is integrated with driver assist features, such as Porsche InnoDrive with Adaptive Cruise Control, Night Vision Assist, the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus feature, Lane Change and Lane Keep Assist, Active Park Assist, and Collision and Braking Assist.
Much more than a garage queen, the Porsche Cayenne is made to be driven and to be experienced at its best. The Cayenne is a car designed for performance and drivability, not to mention the ingenuity behind every detail. This goes for any Porsche, for that matter, speaking of cars that were made to be lived in and well.