Luxury SUVs have become a staple of the line-ups of premium carmakers, with at least one from each major player, each accounting for a healthy chunk of the global profits from their manufacturer.
They are highly demanding cars, and rightly sought after for their combination of flexibility, comfort, elegance and efficiency both on- and off-road. Genuine 4×4 capabilities are that among them, as is the ultimate in comfort, space, and elegance. And among the many factors that inspire consumers, trendy design and brand allure are becoming ever more significant. So who’s making ‘them the best?
1. Range Rover Sport
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Increasing numbers of ‘Range Rover’-branded derivatives have turned what used to be a single-car into a family of Land Rover models, but the Range Rover Sport may be the largest car in that new family as well as the most talented and willing. It’s one of the most versatile upmarket SUVs on the market, and like few others, it lives up to the word ‘luxury.’
2. Audi E-Tron Quattro
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Right now, the luxury electric car’s rate of growth is something to behold. Five years ago, an all-electric vehicle would hardly have threatened to get to the top of this list; but today the inherent advantages of electrified propulsion are really being brought to bear by the very best luxury EVs on the market, and there can be no question that one of them is the Audi E-Tron Quattro.
3. Land Rover Discovery
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Land Rover ‘s second podium in the luxury SUV segment is provided by a car whose character varies greatly from that of the above-mentioned model, which could be all the more appealing to you because of its relative lack of machismo: Land Rover Discovery, the fifth generation.
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4. Porsche Cayenne
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The car that rescued Porsche joined its third generation of models in 2018 and thus eased its VW Group platform buddy, the Audi Q7, out for a spot at the sharp end of this class list.
5. Audi Q7
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The Q7 is a desirable, polished SUV with a genuine aura of achievement. Huge inside, with high-quality materials and a very high degree of sophistication and mechanical insulation, it can be the embodiment of everything you want in a modern upmarket family car – particularly when you find cars like this to be the modern embodiment of luxury in automotive form.
6. BMW X5
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The fourth generation of Munich’s full-size luxury 4×4 signals the X5 ‘s character definition maturing and expanding, but not a wholesale change.
7. Mercedes-Benz GLE
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Mercedes has redoubled its commitment to the luxury SUV market by investing in a new vehicle platform and making it a bit of a technological pioneer by making the first model to use it – the fourth-generation GLE (whose predecessors used to be known as the ML-class).
8. Volvo XC90
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Volvo’s Ford-owned revival started with the XC90-a genuine seven-seater with comfort and handling on its hands, a respectable range of engines including a 401bhp plug-in hybrid, as well as an abundance of style.
9. Range Rover Velar
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The Range Rover Velar is the most road-based SUV in Land Rover yet, with looks taken straight from those of the concept car, an interior that puts most others to shame with its abundance of materials and technology, and a model platform adapted from one primarily built for its group partner brand Jaguar.
10. Mercedes-Benz G-Class
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The top-of-the-line SUV of Mercedes, the re-imagined G-Class, is a pricey purchase even judged by the non-inexpensive company it mixes here. And yet, for its boxy mysterious design appeal, its uncompromising offroad capabilities, and its fresh and improved reputation as a luxury conveyance, you might easily conclude that it would be worth paying an amount of nearly £ 100,000.