Fast SUVs – they come in all shapes and sizes. And we’ve lined up three very different examples in the form of the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53, the VW T-Roc R and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid to find out which is best.
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Let’s kick off with the GLE. Or, to give it its full (and rather long-winded) name, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53. Being a 53 model means it comes with a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine, assisted by a dinky 22hp electric motor. All-in, these produce 435hp and 520Nm of torque which is fed to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
This drive system is far from the simplest around and contributes to this version of the GLE tipping the scales at 2,305kg. While we’re talking about big numbers, it also costs from £80,000 – so it’s neither light nor cheap.
Comparatively speaking, the VW T-Roc R is both of those things. It only weighs 1,575kg and costs from a smidge over £40,000.
It comes with a 300hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 400Nm of torque. There’s no hybrid gubbins here, but it does have four-wheel drive like in the Mercedes – albeit with power metered out by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox instead of a nine-speed unit.
Finally, there’s the Porsche Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid. This gets a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor – like the Mercedes. But, the Porsche’s motor produces 136hp, which helps bump its total output to a healthier 462hp and 700Nm of torque.
It has an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive and manages to top both the Mercedes and VW for weight, chalking up 2,425kg. It undercuts the Mercedes with its £71,000 price tag, however.
But this race will come down to more than just machine vs machine because Mat’s brought along his mum, Sally, to drive the T-Roc R and his girlfriend, Jo, to drive the Cayenne. Mat’s a true professional, so there’s no chance of him letting one of them win, is there? (Spoiler; no.)
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