Whether you’re heading off the beaten track or navigating your way through busy city streets, an SUV is sure to provide you with the very best of practical luxury.
While old-school truck based SUVs may have previously been ideal for the off road adventure, crossovers are now becoming more and more capable during rugged voyages as well as steering through the rush hour traffic. Drivers can expect to enjoy comfort and security with plenty of space, ergonomically designed cockpits, plush leather seats and plenty more.
Take a look at our guide for the very best luxury SUVs.
Big brother to the Porsche Cayenne, the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S features a biturbo V8 which produces 20bhp and 37lb ft of torque more than the previous offering.
Additional technologies are fitted as standard, including Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and air suspensions with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).
The interior features leather seats, a 7-inch high-resolution color touch screen and standard BOSE Surround Sound System with a total output of 585 watts. The ultimate powerhouse in the Cayenne family, the Turbo S is sure to make a statement.
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This old school 4×4 combines tremendous power with improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.
Now in its 35th year, the G-class offers a permanent four-wheel drive system. Whether you’re heading off the beaten track or travelling through the city, you can always expect the G-class to offer exceptional comfort and security.
The high seating position ensures excellent all-round visibility while the ergonomically designed cockpit ensures that all controls are within easy reach. The meticulous attention to detail continues throughout, with black Napa leather seats.
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Since being introduced over 45 years ago, Range Rover has gone on to represent the pinnacle of British design.
It is the world’s first SUV in an all-aluminum body structure and features state of the art suspension, ensuring that you will be cocooned in luxury. Inside, a suite of advanced technologies include Optional Head Up Display – a projection of vehicle data onto the windscreen in the driver’s sightline for quick and easy access.
The All-Terrain Progress Control enables drivers to maintain a steady speed when driving off road. So whether you are negotiating your way through rush hour traffic or heading across rough terrains, the Range Rover Land Rover will offer an intuitive drive.
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Available in a choice of powerful engines, the Audi Q7 includes adaptive air suspensions, rear acoustic parking, rear LED lights and an optional HDD-based navigation system.
Drivers will also be able to experience Audi’s trademark innovation: road-holding Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive, ensuring the car remains balanced in all conditions across all terrain.
The Q7 is as aerodynamic as possible and includes technologies such as adaptive air suspension that responds to changes in speed. Whilst in traffic, the automatic start-stop function switches off the engine, allowing the car to come to a standstill, therefore reducing CO2 emissions. The seven seat leather interior ensures that this is a practical yet luxurious family car.
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The BMW X5 is often considered the most recognized premium SUV in the world.
Its striking looks are instantly recognizable, and once you’re inside you’ll enjoy the suite of advanced technologies. Inside, you’ll find the highest quality luxury leather seats in an elevated seating position, providing an optimum view of the road ahead.
The optical lighting package allows drivers to create a tranquil ambience with an array of different light designs, while the optional Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System ensures you’ll enjoy excellent acoustics throughout your journey.
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Using a 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine and two high-output electric motors, the Lexus RX 450h provides optimum fuel economy, with fuel emissions being amazingly low. The innovative Lexus Hybrid Drive marries efficiency and luxury which ensures you will enjoy every journey.
The elegant aerodynamics have been rigorously tested to minimize wind resistance and boasts an astonishingly low drag coefficient of just Cd 0.32.
The Remote Touch technology is conveniently placed between the two front seats and works like a computer mouse, allowing drivers to operate the features displayed on the full-color screen. This revolutionary design keeps distractions to a minimum, allowing you to focus on the road.
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One to watch: Bentley Bentayga
Bentley’s first ever SUV, named Bentayga, is expected to go on sale in 2016.
Although little information has been revealed, it has been described as an ‘ultra-luxury’ SUV by Bentley chairman and CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer. The model is expected to come in w12, V8 and plug in hybrid models.
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