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...

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Steve Huntingford
27 November 2018

Land Rover Range Rover Velar

7. Range Rover Velar

New Range Rover Velar & Audi SQ7 vs BMW X6

With prices starting around £43,000, the Velar bridges the gap between the cheapest Range Rover, the Evoque and the full-blown Range Rover. 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

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6. Range Rover Sport

2018 Range Rover Sport cornering

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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5. Audi Q8

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 coupe-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.   

Our pick: 50 TDI S line

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