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...

22 July 2019
Audi Q8 front

7. Audi Q8

Despite sitting at the top of Audi's now extensive SUV range, the Q8 is a fraction smaller than the Q7, its raison d'etre being its outlandish style and presence, a corollary of its sloping roofline, wider stance and massive and purposeful front grille. 

What you have is a coupé-SUV, beautifully made, wonderfully refined and boasting an opulent and spacious interior. It's expensive, but it's good to drive and well equipped, as well as being without a doubt one of the more pleasing SUVs to catch your neighbour's eye.   

Mercedes GLE front pan

Some rivals are more practical and better to drive, but the Mercedes GLE has a dazzling interior, and on air suspension, is a comfortable cruiser.

Go for the 400d and you also get one of the best diesel engines around: it blends effortless performance with good fuel economy, and is both smooth and quiet, even under hard acceleration.

Volvo XC90 front

The latest version of Volvo's XC90 is enjoyable to drive and very smart inside. Only average refinement and a slightly unsettled ride stop it from making it into the top two places here.

The XC90 has always been a very practical family car, with a versatile interior and huge boot. The sharp-looking, high-grade trim has a distinctly Swedish feel that sets it apart from German rivals.

Our pick: 2.0 D5 Momentum

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