A list of posh SUVs to dream about
Posh saloon cars are old news these days. Today, people want luxurious SUVs instead, and really, it’s not hard to see why: seats mounted high up above the hoi polloi, don’t-mess styling, decadent interiors – they have it all.
Modern luxury SUVs also drive well, with surprising performance and lavish refinement. Some are still better than others, though. When you’re spending this sort of money, you want to make sure you get the best. Here’s our 10 top buys.
10. Lexus RX
Company car drivers will love the Lexus’ petrol-electric drivetrain, which results in competitive CO2. It’s nice inside and effortless to drive, although refinement and practicality still lag the class best.
Our choice: RX 450h Luxury
9. Porsche Cayenne
The enthusiast’s large premium SUV. The Cayenne drives like a proper sports SUV, and the diesel engine has tremendous power. Admittedly though, others have more space and are better value.
Our choice: Diesel S
8. BMW X5
The current BMW X5 is not in its first flush of youth but still delivers the sporty luxury SUV traits buyers love. It’s more spacious than you may expect and handling remains of the highest order.
Our choice: xDrive25d SE
7. Bentley Bentayga
Bentley’s first-ever SUV was a controversial idea, and remains controversially styled, but it sure delivers on the road. The interior is magnificent, performance supercar-like, although prices also reflect this…
Our choice: Diesel
6. Range Rover
The world’s first luxury SUV remains a class act today. It’s fantastically refined, roomy and regal inside, is as good to drive and be driven in, and virtually unbeatable off road.
Our choice: 3.0 TDV6 SE
5. Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover for those seeking, well, a bit more sport. It delivers here, but still retains the famed luxury, and even offers the option of seven seats. Have long distances to cover? This machine is guaranteed to shrink them.
Our choice: 3.0 SDV6 HSE
4. Volvo XC90
The latest Volvo XC90 is an exceptional car. It’s as good to drive as it is to look at and sit in, while the famed seven-seat practicality of the original has been enhanced yet further here. Our only gripe is less than class-leading refinement.
Our choice: 2.0 D5 PowerPulse Momentum
3. Porsche Macan
Like its bigger Cayenne brother, the Porsche Macan is the driver’s choice of luxury SUV. It’s even more like a sports car, and can’t help but put a smile on your face, but do be aware that practicality is not all that amazing.
Our choice: Diesel S
2. Land Rover Discovery
The new star of the large SUV class, Land Rover’s massive Discovery seven-seater beats just about everything else in its class for practicality, driving manners and interior ambience. Prices aren’t the fortune you might think either.
Our choice: 3.0 TD6 HSE
1. Audi Q7
Looking for a brilliant luxury SUV? Look no further. The Audi Q7 is exceptional. The interior is brilliant, and roomy, the on-road manners are refined and cushy, and the diesel engine is surprisingly fuel efficient. As good as cars costing twice the price, the Q7 is a star car.
Our choice: 3.0 TDI 272 quattro SE