Luxury cars have a presentable appearance, elegance, but everything changes when you have an SUV in front of you. To the visual component is added the practicality of a large SUV. Manufacturers are increasingly accustoming us to luxurious interiors, which used to be the prerogative of expensive sedans.
For many years in a row, the only luxury representative in the SUV family was the Range Rover. Although this iconic vehicle remains the best-selling, it has had many competitors on the market. These days, almost all of the leading car brands have recognized that SUVs are a good way to make money. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Bentley are among the manufacturers of luxury SUVs. Our ranking includes the most popular brands of luxury SUVs, most of which are available on an online boo car auction.
Luxury SUVs: Top 10
The following SUV models are presented in the review-comparison:
10 place - Genesis GV80
9 place - Volvo XC90
8 place - BMW X5
7 place - Range Rover
6 place - Lexus GX
5 place - Audi Q8
4 place - BMW X7
3 place - Porsche Cayenne
2 place - Bentley Bentayga
1 place - Mercedes GLS
Reviews of luxury SUVs are usually based on the subjective opinion of the authors, but we tried to make the review as objective as possible.
The first premium crossover from Korea. It is large - 2 by 5 meters, which is available in five- and seven-seat modifications. The car looks very expensive and representative, and its design is really original. It is possible to recognize its belonging to the Korean car industry even in the most saturated traffic.
The huge grille in the form of a coat of arms attracts the eye. The exhaust nozzles have the same shape. This model has double stripes that start on the headlights, continue on the fenders, and end on the rear footrests - another feature.
As the power plant is used one of two gasoline engines: 249 and 379 hp. They are distinguished by a combined injection system, in which there are injectors in the intake pipe and in the combustion chamber.
Expensive modifications have a remote intelligent parking assistance system. For this money, the driver can enjoy the work of the electronic valet. He can leave the car, and the GV80 will park itself. To do this, he has to drive slowly past the parking lot, get out and press the button on the smart key. The system recognizes any obstacles, including live objects.
Features of the Genesis GV80:
- engine power, hp: 249 or 378;
- maximum speed, km/h: 240
- acceleration time to 100 km/h, s: 5,5;
- Fuel consumption, liters per 100 km (mixed cycle): 11,7.
A large crossover from the premium segment, which are available in four-, five- and seven-seat versions. The post-2019 models also feature a six-seat version, with two seats on the second row instead of a three-seat row. The second and third rows fold down to create additional cargo space.
The XC90 features an original exterior that sets it apart from its competitors. This is the first model in the manufacturer's lineup that is based on the Scalable Product Architecture modular platform. The most spectacular part of the exterior is the front end. The brand logo is placed on the large chrome grille, which in combination with the T-bar optics looks very effective.
The interior is luxurious and well thought out in every detail. Ergonomics is perfect, and the highest quality materials are used for finishing. Wood, leather and crystal are used as trim materials. Most of the functions are accessible through the 9.5-inch display.
Characteristics of the Volvo XC90:
- engine power, hp: 250, 313, 316;
- maximum speed, km/h: 215-230
- acceleration time to 100 km/h, s: 5,6;
- Fuel consumption, liters per 100 km (mixed cycle): 5,8-9,4.
There are two basic versions of the new X5: xLine and M-Sport. They differ in the size of disks, brake systems, decorative elements, etc. The interior of the BMW X5 is spacious and comfortable. Armchairs have side support, lumbar support, with a good range of longitudinal adjustment. The trunk of the car is electrically operated: the lid consists of two parts and both are motorized.
The car has a very comfortable steering wheel with nice soft leather. The dashboard is fully electronic. The amount of information is very large, the display has a good contrast. The central console has a large touch screen display, with the ability to control through the controller installed between the seats. There is a camera under the ceiling, voice control of the radio, heated armchair, steering wheel and central armrest are provided. The steering wheel is equipped with an electric adjustment system.
Characteristics of the BMW X5:
- engine power, hp: 231, 249, 340, 400, 462, 530, 600, 625 hp;
- maximum speed, km/h: 233-250
- acceleration time to 100 km/h, s: 3,8-7,5;
- Fuel consumption, liters per 100 km (mixed cycle): 6,7-12,5.
The ranking "Elite SUV models" would be incomplete without the Range Rover. The body of the car is 80% made of aluminum. In the new model, it has become more rigid - this indicator has increased by 50%. The drag coefficient of the car is 0.3, which is the best indicator in this class of cars. Such results were achieved due to streamlined external forms, flat bottom and retractable handles.
The new model is one-quarter quieter thanks to improvements. A new system of acoustic suppression is implemented in the car. There are microphones installed in the wheel arches, which detect the noise level when driving, and then transmit a signal to the audio system to play the soundtrack at the appropriate volume level.
In the fifth generation of the car all power plants are implemented according to the scheme of a soft hybrid. Diesel engines of 249 and 350 hp, as well as a gasoline engine with a double supercharger of 530 hp are used as the internal combustion engines. Soon the Range Rover family will have a plug-in hybrid version, and in 2024 the world will see an all-electric version of the car.
Range Rover Specifications:
- engine power, hp: diesel - 249 and 350 hp, gasoline - 530 hp;
- maximum speed, km/h: 206-250;
- acceleration time to 100 km/h, s: 4,6-8,3;
- Fuel consumption, liters per 100 km (combined cycle): 0.9-15.9.
In 2023, Lexus introduced the next version of the car - the stylish GX 460 Black Line with an eight-cylinder engine. You won't find any used cars of this version yet, but the previous updates are also worth a close look. The design of this luxury car provides the presence of black elements in it. At the front of the car has a huge grille in the form of an hourglass, the original headlights. At the back there are transparent lights, which were present in Lexus models before. At the push of a button the rear window opens, giving access to the trunk.
We would give this car the title of "the most comfortable luxury SUV". Everything in the interior is luxurious, in the spirit of this car brand. Soft seats, in which you feel like you are at home in your living room. The cabin is ergonomic, with plenty of room for your feet and head. As always, a full suite of safety systems. This includes the lane assist, the blind spot monitoring system, and many other features.
The model is equipped with a 4.6-liter V8 engine, which works in conjunction with a six-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available. The dynamic suspension significantly increases driving comfort and makes the car more controllable. With this system, everything changes both off-road and on smooth tracks. The Lexus GX uses adaptive suspension, which is controlled electronically and depends on the quality of the road surface.
GX 460 Black Line Specifications:
- engine power, hp: 301;
- maximum speed, km/h: 177;
- acceleration time to 100 km/h, s: 7,8;
- Fuel consumption, liters per 100 km (mixed cycle): 14,7.
A new mid-size luxury SUV was introduced in 2018. It is an all-wheel drive vehicle with a 249-340 hp engine. The lineup includes hybrid cars based on diesel or gasoline engines. Transmission in all modifications is used automatic eight-speed. Up to 100 km/h the car can accelerate in 6,3-7 seconds, and in the hybrid version this indicator is not more than 5,9 seconds.
The stylistics of the new model were largely adopted from the Audi Quattro, which was produced in the eighties. The front end features the trademark design, octagonal grille and sharp-angled headlights. Daytime LED running lights are used.
The car has a very sensitive stabilization, which insures against unpleasant moments during active driving. When the stabilization mode is disabled, this model can even be used for drifting.
Specifications Audi Q8:
- engine power, hp: 249-340;
- maximum speed, km/h: 225-250;
- acceleration time to 100 km/h, s: 5,9-7;
- Fuel consumption, liters per 100 km (mixed cycle): 6,4-11,6.
A model that went into production in 2018. It has a respectable exterior, and its status is confirmed by a chrome grille with narrow nostrils that extend behind the hood. The headlights with a pair of focusing lenses have a narrow shape. LED lights are used as the light source. At the back, the massive exhaust pipes and the original small lights catch the eye. The interior is spacious - the volume of the luggage compartment is 326 liters, and if you fold the rear seats, it will increase to 2120 liters. This makes it a good family car.
It is an all-wheel drive premium SUV that runs on an eight-speed automatic transmission. The powerplant is a gasoline or diesel engine with a capacity of 249-400 liters. Ground clearance is 210 mm, which can be changed by the driver in the range of up to 8 cm.
The car is stuffed with safety systems, which makes even the longest trips safe. The interior of the latest version has changed dramatically. There is now a huge digital display with two displays measuring 12.3 and 14.9 inches. The car has a large number of plug-in features, such as mobile services, communication via 5G. Most of the functions are available via the touchscreen display.
Characteristics of the BMW X7:
- engine power, hp. 249-400;
- maximum speed, km/h: 243-250;
- acceleration time to 100 km/h, s: 4,7-6,3;
- Fuel consumption, liters per 100 km (mixed cycle): 7,1-13,3.
Porsche Cayenne - a luxury sports SUV or a car for a family man? The second-generation Cayenne is a premium German car that has all the attributes of an expensive car: leather, alcantara, high-quality plastic, many monitors and buttons, navigation, climate control for each row of seats and much more.
For most modern cars, these options are quite common, but some features that are inherent to the middle class, the car lacks. For example, adaptive cruise control.
The car has a huge trunk, whose volume varies from 670 to 1780 liters. In combination with the rich interior, this makes the car versatile, which can be a family car, but is also perfect for a street racer.
The car is assembled on the Touareg platform, which allows you to experience an interesting experience behind the wheel of the Cayenne. The car is assertive, stable and will give a head start to many competitors, even on the racetrack.
Characteristics of the Porsche Cayenne:
- engine power, hp. 340-640;
- maximum speed, km/h: 243-300;
- acceleration time to 100 km/h, s: 3,3-6;
- Fuel consumption, liters per 100 km (mixed cycle): 1.5-15,8.
The car combines the most advanced engineering solutions, which complement the original design. The car is truly luxurious, and its dynamism and power make it a ruler of the roads. Behind the wheel you will find comfort and pleasant emotions from the driving process.
Perhaps the most beautiful luxury SUVs should look like the Bentayga, but that's not its only virtue. It harmoniously combines spectacular design and its agile character, complemented by a whole set of intuitive technologies. The exterior features unique sports elements that are painted in body color, a wide radiator grille, spectacular oval headlights with a faceted crystal effect. The sporty character is also emphasized by the spoiler.
This is a 5-seater, 2-row car. The interior is meticulously crafted and hand-finished, demonstrating the craftsmanship and love for every detail. The interior is elegant and peppered with digital technology and plenty of practical elements. All this makes any trip a real experience, bringing only pleasure.
Characteristics of the Bentley Bentayga:
- engine power, hp: 608;
- maximum speed, km/h: 301;
- acceleration time to 100 km/h, s: 4,1;
- Fuel consumption, liters per 100 km (mixed cycle): 12,8.
The list of luxury SUVs is headed by the Mercedes GLS. In terms of equipment and interior trim, this car belongs to the S class in the SUV family. There is room in the cabin for 7 people, and the seats are equipped with an innovative adjustment system. The air suspension AIRMATIC, equipped with modified ADS shock absorption, helps in total off-road conditions.
The second-generation premium SUV is the best buy. It is the most powerful and dynamic in the concern's family of vehicles. The car is equipped with large air intakes, special wheels, multifunctional steering wheel and pedals. The power plant is a diesel or gasoline engine with 330 hp. It is a four-wheel drive car with an automatic nine-speed transmission.
Among the advanced technologies implemented in the car, we can highlight the suspension E-Active Body Control, which adapts the movement in accordance with the road situation, Offroad technology - for better traction on soft ground, the function Road Surface Scan, working together with a video camera.
Features of the Mercedes GLS:
- engine power, hp: 330;
- maximum speed, km/h: 238;
- acceleration time to 100 km/h, s: 6,3;
- Fuel consumption, liters per 100 km (mixed cycle): 12,4.