Best and worst luxury SUVs
The best luxury SUVs are as practical as they are classy and as desirable as they are relaxing to drive. Here we count down the top 10 – and reveal the ones to avoid...
An increasing number of car buyers are shunning prestige saloons in favour of luxury SUVs, drawn in by the appeal of their elevated driving positions, rugged looks and upmarket interiors.
The best also offer a cosseting ride, punchy performance and the sort of refinement that makes long journeys effortless. Here we count down our top 10 – and name the luxury SUVs that are best avoided.
10. Range Rover
The Range Rover is one of the great motoring icons and every bit as compelling a proposition today as it was when it was first introduced more than 40 years ago. Superbly comfortable and refined, it also offers prodigious off-road ability.
The interior is the epitome of luxury, with Oxford leather seats standard on all versions. It has a large digital dashboard that can be switched between three pre-set themes, including putting the sat-nav map directly in front of the driver’s eyes.
Our pick: 3.0 SDV6 Vogue SE
9. Range Rover Velar
With prices starting around £45,000, the Velar bridges the gap between the cheapest Range Rover, the Evoque and the seven-seat Range Rover Sport. It’s the most road-biased Range Rover ever, even though it’s still incredibly capable on the rough stuff thanks to standard fit four-wheel drive and a raft of clever tech.
Although Land Rover isn’t outright stingy with the Velar’s equipment, you have to step up from the base model to S trim to get a sat-nav, punchier stereo, rear-view camera and leather rather than cloth seats.
Our pick: 300 diesel S
8. Range Rover Sport
The Sport is based on the full-sized Range Rover, so it’s no surprise that it’s a fantastic car for covering long distances, with a smooth engine and a relaxed ride.
The luxurious and generously equipped interior looks and feels classy, and there's the option of seven seats. The Range Rover Sport is pricier to buy and own than rivals, so we’d stick with the cheapest HSE trim, which provides all the creature comforts you’re likely to need.
Our pick: 3.0 SDV6 HSE
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