Best and worst sports SUVs 2020

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...

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What Car? team
1 Oct 2019 07:40

4. BMW X3 M40i

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Even though it's not a full-blown M car, this hot version of the X3 large SUV still has plenty of power in its 3.0-litre engine – 355bhp, to be precise. It also gets stiffer suspension than the standard X3 and racier styling inside and out. And the engine is sensational; despite being able to dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in just 4.8sec, it's also wonderfully smooth when you just want to cruise along.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio front - blue

If you're looking for an SUV that injects some Italian flair into your morning commute, look no further than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. And if you also want to surge past the traffic, the Quadrifoglio version has a 503bhp 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine that revs keenly and emits a truly soulful soundtrack. However, it’s not simply a boisterous toy like the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 or Range Rover Sport SVR. Instead, the Stelvio feels light and responsive, thanks to steering that’s super-quick without making the car feel overly nervous.

Porsche Macan S

We recommend the mid-range S version of Porsche's smallest SUV, because it's ferociously fast – dispatching the 0-62mph sprint in 5.1sec – yet also able to keep running costs reasonably sensible. And like all Macan's it pulls off the trick of mixing thrilling, confidence-inspiring handling with a ride that's compliant enough for everyday use, particularly when fitted with the optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

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