Best luxury SUVs

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James Wilson
Mar 27, 2020

Buying a luxury car used to mean choosing a bland silver saloon that offered supreme comfort inside but complete anonymity outside. Come the 2020s, however, some of the most luxurious cars on the market tend to come in the shape of bold and garish SUVs.

We've rounded up the most stylish, comfortable and desirable luxury SUVs, covering everything from super-refined, high-riding, limo-beating machines to sleek, rapid and fun-to-drive cars from sports car manufacturers that offer 4x4 style matched with supercar performance.

Testament to the shift in luxury car buyers' tastes is the fact that, not long ago, luxury SUV buyers had a choice between a Range Rover...or a Range Rover. Now though, you can choose from Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Porsche, Jaguar and Mercedes models... or you can still have a Range Rover if you really want one.

Fortunately, there are standout options regardless of whether you want a cossetting pan-European cruiser or a super-sporty monster. Or, if luxury to you means having the option to shut down the engine and run on electricity alone, there are several eco-conscious hybrid options and even one or two electric choices.

Every one of the SUVs below takes luxury to ridiculous levels – whether that comes in the form of bespoke interiors, cutting edge tech in every corner or simply super-soft seats with more massaging functions than you could ever use.

Best luxury SUVs

1. Audi SQ7

Used Audi SQ7 deals from £42,100
Monthly finance from £494

While an entry-level Audi Q7 may seem a little ‘normal’ in present company, move up the range (and inflate the price) and tick a few of the more options boxes and it soon becomes quite the luxury SUV indeed. A statement reiterated by the fact its underpinnings are very similar to those in the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus also on this list.

Buyers looking for ultimate luxury will have to opt for the performance-orientated SQ7. Not only does it come with enough computing power to kickstart Skynet, it also packs a V8 diesel engine which will fire you - in comfort of course - from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds. Because its diesel-powered, you shouldn't have to bother with filling up the tank too often either.

What helps the SQ7 stand out is the fact that it uses some clever electronics and pneumatics to boost roadholding and comfort. In short, Audi has done a great job of making the SQ7 drive like a far smaller car, while offering all the comfort of a super-SUV.

2. Range Rover Sport

Used Range Rover Sport deals from £32,990
Monthly finance from £460

Since the first model arrived in the early 2000s, the Range Rover Sport has become a staple choice for those looking for a luxury SUV – partly due to the fact it is more affordable than the larger Range Rover, while offering very a similar level of luxury.

The Range Rover Sport performs strongly in the comfort, practicality and performance stakes – and even offers the possibility of room for seven, though those in the rearmost row of seats won't have much space to enjoy the ride. Prices for a brand new one start from the mid £60,000s smashing through the £100,000 mark in top-spec form. Don't think you have to spend anywhere near that much to get the keys to a Range Rover Sport, though. Barely £30,000 is enough to get you a four-year old version on BuyaCar that will be just as luxurious and just as capable.

Much like many of Land Rover’s cars, the interior is beautifully appointed and will keep passengers in comfort whether you are popping to the shops or crossing the Alps. There is an excellent range of technology as well, even if some of it isn't as high-tech as in rivals.

3. Jaguar I-Pace

Used Jaguar I-Pace deals from £44,895
Monthly finance from £658

Luxury comes in many forms, but if you're idea of bliss is to float along in silence, then the Jaguar I-Pace is the luxury SUV you need. It's the only all-electric car to make it onto this list, not only does it produce zero tailpipe emissions, but it also offers comfort, style and class by the bucket load. Acceleration is mighty good as well, thanks to two powerful electric motors.

Sprinting from 0-62mph takes just 4.8 seconds courtesy of 395hp. On top of the strong performance, the I-Pace's range is claimed to be 292 miles under the latest, more challenging WLTP economy tests. The interior is just as impressive, with a beautiful blend of screens, leather and metal. The only slight downside is the media system, as it isn’t quite up to the same standard as the rest of the car. However, make use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay and this is no longer a problem.

Prices start around £65,000 but you can add £10,000 to that for top-spec HSE models - and we would recommend it if you're after the most luxurious option. Though the I-Pace hasn't been on sale for long, low-mileage used models are already available from less than £50,000.

4. Mercedes GLS

Mercedes-Benz GLS deals from £36,480
Monthly finance from £501

Mercedes has a habit of building cars with stylish and upmarket-looking interiors and it has done so again with the latest GLS - its largest, most luxurious SUV. Across the range, you get four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox, while most come with seven seats, too. And the third row of seats is seriously spacious, with room for those up to six-foot four inches, according to Mercedes. If you want to transport up to six others in supreme comfort, this has to be one of the very best options.

Prices start from a relatively 'affordable' £55,000 - meaning you could take home five GLS models for the same price as an 'entry-level' Rolls-Royce Cullinan - and only rise to the low £60,000s for top-end models making it one of the cheaper options on this list from new. If you want even more car per pound, however, used versions start at less than £40,000, and you'll be getting a huge amount of luxury SUV for your money.

Part of the reason the GLS makes this list is its impressive MBUX media system, which offers very effective voice control. Also, the feeling of luxury you get from the interior is further helped by a wonderfully uncluttered dashboard. Will the GLS turn as many heads as other luxury SUVs on this list? Maybe not, but if you want to be able to travel under the radar in great comfort, this could be the best choice for you.

5. Rolls-Royce Cullinan

King of the hyper-opulent SUV hill is undoubtedly the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Forget aspirational luxury SUVs, some of which are nothing more than normal models with some extra leather lining the cabin, the Cullinan is the real deal.

Everything from the hand-crafted door handles to the hand-stitched embroidery on the seats is a well-groomed head and shoulders above the rest. As a result, though, prices start around a quarter of a million pounds, but you can bet your bottom dollar that flying past the £300,000 line will be no trouble at all with a few personalisation requests - and let's be honest, if you're going to spend that much on a car you might as well do it properly.

Under the bonnet, there is an enormous 6.8-litre, 12-cylinder engine producing enough power to whisk this weighty SUV from 0-62mph in just 5.2 seconds. Which, is nothing short of ridiculous considering that this car isn't far off the size and weight of a small house. All models use an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, just to make sure every possible box here is ticked.

6. Lamborghini Urus

To some, the idea of luxury is the ability to blast past even £200,000 supercars in your SUV without even trying. If this is you, look no further than the Lamborghini Urus. Sheer performance is nigh on frightening with a 3.6-second 0-62mph time and top speed of 189mph. These are only possible due to the preposterous 650hp on tap from the heavily tuned V8 engine.

Visually, the Urus looks like no other SUV. Its rather angular styling is typical of modern-day Lamborghinis - a testament to the designers - and massive 22-inch alloy wheels really set it apart from the competition. For all the above, you need to have at least £165,000 in your pocket, however that will skyrocket once you get trigger happy with the options list.

A slight downer on the Urus is that it shares many of its components with other - much less expensive - cars from the Volkswagen Audi Group of brands. For example, the gearbox is from a VW Touareg and some of the interior switchgear, such as the fuel gauge, is the same as seen in some Audi models. Nevertheless, those are impressive machines themselves.

7. Bentley Bentayga

Used Bentley Bentayga deals from £95,050
Monthly finance from £1,336

The Bentley Bentayga takes a different approach to luxury. Rather than the outrageous exuberance of the Lamborghini Urus or the astonishing quality and comfort of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the Bentayga tries to blend elements of both - especially if you go for one of the models with the mighty 6.0-litre petrol engine.

For starters, while it can be hustled down the road with impressive pace indeed, the Bentayga is much more about getting to your destination feeling relaxed and refreshed. The immense power on tap, though, and impressive ability to take corners at speed makes it feel satisfyingly sporty, too. An impressive feat.

This is largely down to the smooth ride and very well built interior. With its traditional feel, the interior might not look the most modern on the market, but there is no arguing that it is a quality piece of kit. Buyers can pick from a number of variants including a plug-in hybrid (which claims up to 16 miles of all-electric range) and Speed model, which is the fastest SUV in the world, being capable of hitting 190mph - 1mph more than the Lamborghini above.

8. Porsche Cayenne

Used Porsche Cayenne deals from £33,259
Monthly finance from £549

If neither the wildness of the Lamborghini or the grown up style of the Bentayga quite appeal to you, the Porsche Cayenne - another of the VW Audi Group's luxury SUVs - sits in the gap between, offering a sharper drive than the Bentley, but a more grown up feel than the Lamborghini. While the first-generation Cayenne was particularly vulgar, the subsequent models look much sleeker and more modern while maintaining the same SUV presence.

Where the Cayenne stands out from all its rivals is in its feeling of sportiness while maintaining real comfort. For an SUV the Cayenne offers one of the most engaging driving experiences money can buy, while remaining a comfortable and sensible everyday car.

Whether or not driver enjoyment is an important metric in a luxury SUV is up for debate, but an upmarket interior and high-tech equipment are very much hallmarks of a luxury SUV. Both of which the Cayenne offers in spades. Prices for the Cayenne vary greatly, with entry-level models costing around £60,000. Range-topping Turbo S E Hybrid models cost more than double this. Go used, however, and there's a choice of four-year old models from around £35,000.

9. Range Rover

Used Range Rover deals from £38,980
Monthly finance from £636

For nearly half a century the Range Rover has been the car of choice for those looking to get from A to B - no matter what the terrain - in comfort and style. The most recent generation is as luxurious as ever while boasting off-roading credentials none on this list - bar the Range Rover Sport, perhaps - can match.

Range Rovers come in one of two body styles - a standard model and an even longer one - both of which look very similar but differ in length. Prices start from the mid-£80,000s for short-wheelbase models and £115,000 for long-wheelbase variants. With so many used models to choose from, however, barely £30,000 is enough to get you the keys to a 2015 or 2016 model.

There are also hybrid, petrol and diesel engines on offer - all of which use an automatic gearbox - but the engines and gearboxes are only part of the Range Rover appeal. It is the luxurious interior and cosseting ride that make many buy a Range Rover.

10. Aston Martin DBX

Range Rover isn’t the only upmarket British name on this list, Aston Martin’s DBX also fits the sumptuous brief nicely despite not officially being on sale until next year. Powered by a 4.0-litre V8 (as seen in other Aston Martin cars) the DBX is looking set to go up against the more performance-focused luxury SUVs such as Lamborghini’s Urus.

While specifics are yet to be confirmed, Aston Martin has said its - or rather Mercedes’ - V8 engine under the high-riding bonnet will produce around 540hp. In line with modern-day Astons, the DBX’s interior is expected to have a traditional leather-lined feel. Prices are yet to be confirmed but the British carmaker doesn’t currently sell a car which costs less than six figures.

If you want to be one of the first to drive the latest upmarket SUV, however, you'll want to get your name down now.


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