Coming soon: large and luxury SUVs

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2020 and beyond...

Facelifted Audi Q5 prototype

Audi Q5

On sale September

While the disguised prototypes of the facelifted Audi Q5 don't give away much, it's safe to assume that it will get a similar front-end treatment to the recently revised Q7. The current car's rotary dial-based infotainment system will be replaced with a touchscreen, too.

Audi RS Q8

Audi RS Q8 blurred front cornering

On sale Summer

The full-fat RS version of Audi’s range-topping luxury SUV is powered by the same 592bhp twin-turbo 4.0-litre petrol V8 as the likes of the RS6 Avant. Its performance figures are certainly impressive (0-62mph takes just 3.8sec, making it quicker than most versions of the Porsche 911), but since it’s also a mild hybrid, it can also be frugal by the standards of large SUVs.


BMW X8 rendering

On sale 2021

Based on the X7, but with a sleeker roofline and five rather than seven seats, this gargantuan car will be BMW's highest price SUV. Not only will it rival the Audi Q8 but, in fully loaded guise, low-end versions of the Bentley Bentaga, Lamborghini Urus and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion rendering

On sale Early 2021

In response to dying demand for large MPVs, Ford is planning to replace its S-Max and Galaxy models with a single estate-style SUV, rumoured to be named the Fusion. It uses the Focus mechanicals and is expected to be priced from around £27,000.

Jaguar F-Pace

Facelifted Jaguar F-Pace prototype

On sale Summer

Perceived quality and technology upgrades will be the main focus of the F-Pace’s 2020 redesign, plus the car will get mild hybrid engine technology and slimmer head and taillights.

Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento front

On sale August

The Kia Sorento has long been one of the biggest SUVs out there, and the new version is fractionally longer again. However, that should make it even more spacious; the outgoing car lets seven adults sit comfortably. For the first time, hybrid power will be an option.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept

On sale September

As one of the first plug-in hybrid SUVs, the Outlander PHEV has been a hit for Mitsubishi. But with competition hotting up, its successor will be bigger and offer a longer electric range (around 45 miles). Expect its looks to borrow from the 2019 Engelberg Tourer concept (above).

Toyota RAV4 PHEV

Toyota RAV4 PHEV front studio

On sale Summer

Toyota is an expert when it comes to conventional hybrids, but it now sees the need to offer more plug-in hybrids too. The new plug-in RAV4 large SUV uses the same 2.5-litre petrol engine as its sibling but gets a larger battery, 302bhp and standard four-wheel drive. For £6000 more than the regular RAV4, you’ll get sub-30g/km CO2 emissions and 37 miles of electric range.

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