Every major premium carmaker now offers luxury SUVs, and they all contribute significantly to the overall profitability of their respective manufacturers. These vehicles are in high demand, and for good reason—they combine adaptability, comfort, elegance, and performance on and off the road. True 4x4 prowess, as well as the utmost in luxury, room, and elegance, are frequent among them. The importance of elegant design and brand attraction is rising among the various elements that influence drivers' leasing decisions. So, who makes the best luxury SUV on the market?
Audi Q8 E-Tron SUVs
The luxury electric car market has made significant progress in recent years, and the Audi E-Tron Q8 Quattro is one of the best luxury EVs available. The car has been updated with a mid-life refresh, featuring a battery capacity of up to 106kWh and a rapid charging limit of 170kW. The car's ride isolation and noise suppression are particularly impressive, making it comparable to a Rolls-Royce Phantom. However, the real-world range is a drawback, with a range of only 230-250 miles in mixed-use. Audi also offers a shorter-range version, the Q8 E-Tron 50, and a range-topping SQ8 E-Tron with asymmetrical torque vectoring. Despite the limited range and lack of off-road ability, the Audi E-Tron Quattro is a top luxury EV.
Land Rover Discovery
The fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery is a strong contender in the luxury SUV segment, with rugged styling and impressive off-road ability. The car's brief is to provide functional, understated, comfortable luxury and versatility on the road, and it succeeds with seven usable seats and comfortable cruising. However, the car's size and weight lead to considerable fuel consumption, and the engine range lacks plug-in hybrids or V8s. Despite not being fast or particularly dynamic in handling, the Land Rover Discovery is a likeable and appealing luxury SUV.
Learn more about the Land Rover Discovery by reading our review.
Porsche Cayenne SUV
The Porsche Cayenne is a luxury SUV that prioritises high quality and luxury over sports car impressions. It has an impressive interior, strong performance, and a range of engine options, including plug-in hybrids and turbo petrol engines. The latest model is more refined and focused than its predecessors, and there's even a sportier GT version that boasts 911 GT3 driver appeal and is the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring.
The BMW X5 remains a sporting SUV with ample space, versatility, and 4x4 capability. The latest model, G05-generation X5, has a more luxurious interior, refined engines, and an improved driving experience. It still offers a dynamic edge with pacy steering, good body control, balanced grip levels, and crisp handling response. However, some rivals offer more material richness, space, comfort, and 4x4 capability. The oversized kidney grille on the X5 has received criticism. The '45e' plug-in hybrid version is an excellent option for tax-savvy fleet drivers.
Mercedes-Benz is focusing on the luxury SUV market with a new vehicle platform and the release of the fourth-generation GLE. The new GLE is larger than its predecessor, offering more space and a more upmarket luxury feel for passengers. It features the latest MBUX infotainment system, dual widescreen instrument and Command control displays, and a giant-sized head-up display. Engine options include turbo diesel and turbocharged petrol models with a range-topping option of 362bhp and 369 lb-ft. Suspension options include steel coil suspension and a 48-volt active air suspension system. The GLE 350 de diesel plug-in hybrid offers an impressive electric-only range of over 60 miles. The GLE is a good choice for those prioritising comfort, refinement, luxury, and practicality.
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