Best and worst sports SUVs 2019

If you want thrills as well as practicality and comfort, these are the SUVs you should have on your shortlist. Plus, we name the ones to avoid...

29 September 2019
Cupra Ateca, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Porsche Macan, Mercedes-AMG GLC 63

Who says driving an SUV can't also put a big smile on your face? While most SUVs focus on practicality and comfort over driving enjoyment, a small but growing group of sports SUVs match family-friendly interiors with big performance.

This class contains both small and large SUV models, but what they all have in common is a powerful engine. And while driving enjoyment and agile handling are top of the agenda here, a sports SUV should also have precise, feelsome steering, decent ride comfort and a spacious, practical interior.

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10. BMW X5 M50d

BMW X5 M50d front

The M50d is the range-topping version of the BMW X5 luxury SUV. It gets 395bhp from its 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, so it feels ferociously fast, gaining speed so effortlessly that you'll be hitting motorway speeds before you know it. It also comes with adaptive suspension, giving it a nimbler edge than regular X5 variants.

BMW X4 front

If you want to look your absolute best as you beat every other car in the dash away from the traffic lights, perhaps the coupé-esque styling of the new BMW X4 will appeal. This M40i version even has 349bhp to call on to make your getaway as fast as possible. It also happens to be the only petrol-powered version of the X4 you can buy – for now, at least.

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8. Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

Used test: Audi SQ5 vs Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 may not be the most hardcore version of the GLC family SUV you can buy (that honour goes to the GLC 63 S), but it's nevertheless excellent fun to drive. Under its bonnet is a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine developing 362bhp, and that's strong enough to catapult it from 0-62mph in just 4.9sec – faster than the rival Audi SQ5. The GLC 43 also turns in sharply and has communicative steering.

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