Luxury SUVs offer a little something for everybody – their cabins are plush and full of gadgets, while on the road they grip like a sports saloon with the cosseting comfort of a limousine. What’s more, their massive bodies make for lots of passenger and luggage room while their raised height gives you excellent visibility and strong off-roading ability.
Here are the best luxury SUVs on sale:
- Audi Q7
- Volvo XC90
- Range Rover
- Jaguar F-Pace
- Range Rover Sport
- BMW X5
- Bentley Bentayga
- Mercedes GLE
- Lexus RX
- Mercedes GLS
1. Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 boasts a vast, tech-filled cabin and seven seats. The smart-looking exterior is matched by one of the best cabins in its class, with a stylish design and plenty of standard kit including Audi’s amazing MMI infotainment system and the firm’s Virtual Cockpit digital dials. Its punchy V6 diesel engines are both strong and economical while the rapid SQ7 gets a monstrous V8 diesel for serious performance.
2. Volvo XC90
The Volvo XC90 merges minimalist Swedish style with incredible safety features and a plush interior. The XC90’s interior is dominated by a big, portrait infotainment system and all models get seven spacious leather seats large enough for adults. It feels poised and refined both on and off road, while there’s a seriously quick plug-in hybrid model for those wanting low running costs and big performance.
3. Range Rover
The Range Rover isn’t just an iconic SUV but one of the finest luxury cars on sale. The sumptuous interior is one of the most comfortable places to be in, with a vast 909-litre boot. Inside, there’s a touchscreen infotainment system and lots of standard kit. It feels its size on the road but, once you get used to it, the Range Rover is very pleasant to drive, with a range of powerful engines, composed handling and good off-road abilities.
4. Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar’s F-Pace has entered the SUV market with a bang. It’s a brilliant first attempt, with a sportier feel compared to rivals – especially if you go for one of the strong V6 engines. The car is a good off-road machine, too, but really comes into its own when out on the open road. Inside, there’s plenty of space and a stylish dashboard, although quality is a slightly patchy lower down.
5. Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport is a slightly smaller, more practical, seven-seat version of the standard Range Rover. The cabin still feels very luxurious – though, lacks the last degree of its big brother’s opulence – and the car has a lower seat position making it feel sportier to drive. There’s a good range of powerful engines including a rapid SVR version that gets a supercharged V8 petrol with a huge soundtrack to match.
6. BMW X5
The BMW X5 was one of the first luxury SUVs to hit the market. The current model features good off-road capabilities, a fun and surprisingly agile driving experience and a plush cabin with BMW’s great iDrive infotainment system. It’s a practical car too, with the option of seven seats along with loads of cubbies and a usefully large boot. The engine range is diverse with petrol, diesel, plug in hybrid and even a high performance X5M featuring the M5’s unhinged twin-turbo V8 engine.
7. Bentley Bentayga
The Bentley Bentayga is the luxury firm’s first SUV and blends striking – if divisive – looks with a stunning, plush interior. Basic models cost around £137,000 but you’ll inevitably end up spending more on the extensive personalisation options. Whether it’s in five or limo-like four-seat form, the interior is trimmed from top to toe in the finest materials. Its immense power comes from a raucous twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12, giving it a heady top speed of 187mph.
8. Mercedes GLE
The Mercedes GLE might be based on the old ML, but still features big-SUV practicality and Mercedes’ famously high levels of quality. The slightly dated interior features a big infotainment screen and plenty of standard equipment. There’s no seven-seat option, but that means there’s loads of room for five and a big boot. Its ride and driving experience are similarly refined, while the V6 diesel feels suitably strong and smooth on the move.
9. Lexus RX
If you want a more left-field option, the Lexus RX is a good pick. It has a beautifully-built interior, lots of kit as standard and good amounts of room for five adults. Running costs are low though thanks its hybrid engine. The CVT automatic gearbox won’t be to everyone’s tastes, however, thanks to its pronounced drone under hard acceleration – this is a car that suits being driven gently. Nevertheless, it’s fairly unique among this list so will stand out in the company car park.
10. Mercedes GLS
The Mercedes GLS is similar to the GLE, including featuring a stylish dashboard, smart looks, lots of kit and the firm’s infotainment system. However, the GLS is even more vast than its sibling, with more interior space and seven seats. It’s also a brilliant motorway cruiser, helped by comfy air suspension. Punchy diesel V6 engines are on offer but, if you want huge speed and don’t care about the fuel costs, the AMG GLS 63 is hard to beat.