With premium car manufacturers investing more time and effort into creating SUVs, it’s no surprise that they seem to have become a staple model these days. In fact, it's not difficult to understand the rising demand for these cars; comfort, versatility, refinement - all paired with the highly desired combination of on-road and off-road performance. Besides, most of today’s SUVs have genuine 4x4 abilities and stand out with ample space and luxury, but which ones are worth a test drive?
Range Rover Sport
Amongst the Land Rover models, the Range Rover Sport might be the most important car in its class because of its advanced features, versatility and capability. Though it is not the largest, most spacious or lightest car of its kind, the Range Rover Sport stands out of the crowd with its list of talent. Especially its off-road ability and real on-road handling dynamism and driver appeal for a car this size are remarkable. When test driving this car you’ll be quick to realize that some prices are worth paying, as this Range Rover sport seems to really have it all.
Land Rover Discovery
Also in our top 10 is the Land Rover Discovery, a car with very different character when compared to the Range Rover Sport - though with its lack of machismo, it might well be more appealing to you. This car has an off-road ability that only a few in the line-up could beat and offers a comfortable, understated and functionally luxurious driving experience. Plus, with seven seats it is incredibly spacious for being a relatively small 4x4.
With the third model generation entered last year, the car sits alongside its Volkswagen Group platform companion, the Audi Q7 in our top 10. The Cayenne is a high-quality SUV with an interior that is breathtakingly luxurious. Performance is as strong as ever, backed by a range of engines consisting of a plug-in hybrid, turbo V6 and turbo V8 petrols.
The Audi Q7 is huge inside, with high-quality materials and an incredibly high level of refinement and mechanical isolation. This car might just be the embodiment of everything you ever desired a modern family car to be. Audi fans especially will surely love this car.
The fourth generation of the full-sized luxury 4x4 showcases a mature character, with as much space, versatility and 4x4 capability as needed without dulling its dynamic edge. But especially the driving experience is outstanding; this family car’s handling is much like an estate, and the refined engines do not disappoint. It’s off road capability may not match that of the offerings from Land Rover or Audi, but as a versatile, family-friendly SUV, it’s certainly one of the best.
The new GLE has grown compared to its predecessor, with a more rigid mixed-metal body structure and offering considerably more space. The interior has got a new, upmarket luxury feel to it and there are numerous interesting features to find inside the car too, like a dual widescreen instrument and command-control displays. The engine options are great, and the driving experience exceeded all expectations.
The XC90 is another car that sits directly in the middle of the luxury SUV price spectrum, making it an affordable car for most. The interiors are typically Scandinavian, some might go so far as to call them sparse, and others beautiful. Current models have adopted the all new touch-screen tablet form infotainment system similar to what you would find in a Tesla which does give this car’s interior a cutting edge feel. Safe, versatile and not outrageously costly to own, this car sits very well in our top 10.
Range Rover Velar
Land Rover’s most road-biased SUV has looks directly taken from the concept car, an impressively pleasing interior with the best quality and tech and the model platform being adapted from one formerly developed for the partner brand Jaguar. The driving experience is everything you’d expect it to be: bold, great refinement, performance and handling precision. The Velar is firmly aimed at the comfortable SUV end of the market rather than the 4x4, and when driving this beautiful car it is clear that it’s natural habitat is tarmac rather than mud . Prices start fairly low, but we recommend investing in the better engines in the range to get the best car.
This top-quality SUV (reimagined G-Wagon) is an expensive purchase, yet because of its masculine design appeal, the uncompromising off-road ability and improved credentials as a luxury conveyance one could easily think the car could have nearly £100,000 on its price tag. Choose between the refined and economical G350 diesel and the madcap 577bhp - AMG G63, these cars are favourites for the styling houses such as Brabus, Onyx, Kahn and Urban.
The Touareg has all of the capability, technical sophistication, quality and refinement you could wish for in an SUV. Progressive design has been the staple element of Volkswagen cars for decades, keeping also the more affordable cars functional, easy-to-use and classless.