The 2022 Rolls-Royce Cullinan rides with supreme serenity and indulges everyone aboard with a cruise control system to give you the perfect comfort and luxury. A strong and silky V-12 effortlessly motivates this quarter-million-dollar people mover. Though its exterior design borders on awkward, its unmistakable hood ornament and prodigious proportions ensure that onlookers know it’s a Rolls-Royce—and that its occupants are extremely wealthy.
We only wish the interior wasn’t marred by modern trends such as digital gauges, and we’d prefer that the standard back seat was more adjustable. Still, the quietness and build quality of the Cullinan’s cabin is unrivaled, as is the ability to personalize the space to the owner’s desire
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2022 Rolls-Royce Cullinan‘s twin-turbo 6.7-liter V-12 provides 563 horsepower (592 in the Black Badge model) and is whisper quiet, lest it disturb the VIPs in the cabin. The one we tested recorded a 60-mph time of just 4.5 seconds—impressive for a vehicle that weighs about three tons. All-wheel drive is standard, although we suspect buyers will never venture off the tarmac and risk damaging the paint. The Cullinan rides on an air suspension that receives information from a road-scanning camera and automatically adjusts the vehicle’s height to compensate for imperfections in the pavement. Ride comfort is beyond the standards of regular luxury vehicles, as the Cullinan wafts down the road and transmits nothing unpleasant to the people inside.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The 2022 Rolls-Royce Cullinan‘s V-12 powertrain is rated at 12 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Believe it or not, those figures aren’t the worst in the class. The V-12-powered Bentley Bentayga boasts ratings of 12 mpg city and 17 highway. We ran the Cullinan on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, and it outperformed expectations, achieving 21 mpg. For more information about the Cullinan’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The spacious cabin is lined in box-grain leather, lambs-wool carpeting, beautiful wood trim, and milled-aluminum accents. If you want an even higher level of luxury, Rolls-Royce will customize almost every part of the Cullinan’s already lavish interior with whatever delights you can imagine. The only warts in this otherwise decadent space are the fully digital gauge cluster that lacks the elegance of an analog setup and the standard rear seating that’s as inflexible as a park bench.
At least buyers can rectify the latter issue by optioning the two-seat second row with adjustability and massage functions. The exterior is classic Rolls-Royce, but the vehicle’s liftgate configuration allowed the brand to fit the cargo area with an optional Viewing Suite consisting of a pair of leather-wrapped seats and a small table that pop out of the floor. This is by far the most luxurious way to take in a polo match at the country estate. Even though this 2022 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV is a clear break from tradition for the storied British brand, it’s still an uncompromised Rolls-Royce in every way.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every Cullinan has a large touchscreen infotainment system with a redundant controller on the center console. Apple CarPlay is also included on every model. The available rear-seat entertainment option adds a 12.0-inch screen to the back of each front seat. Along with a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Cullinan has a bespoke audio system that features 18 speakers.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Rolls-Royce of SUVs has a host of driver-assistance technology, including night vision. For more information about the Cullinan’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
2022 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED
$410,575 (base price: $327,750)
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve V-12, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
412 cu in, 6749 cc
563 hp @ 5000 rpm
627 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.6-in vented disc/15.7-in vented disc
Tires: Continental ContiSportContact 5, F: 255/45R-22 107Y ★ R: 285/40R-22 110Y ★
Wheelbase: 210.3 in
Length: 129.7 in
Width: 78.7 in
Height: 72.2 in
Cargo volume: 21 cu ft
Curb weight: 6086 lb
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec
60 mph: 4.5 sec
100 mph: 10.5 sec
130 mph: 18.5 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.2 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec
¼-mile: 12.9 sec @ 111 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 151 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 159 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.83 g
Observed: 12 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 21 mpg
Highway range: 490 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 14/12/20 mpg