The Worlds Best Super SUVs
You’re going to be spoiled for choices whenever you hit up the market for oneby Kirby Garlitos, on
The term “super SUV” is relatively new in the automotive lexicon, but its use has exploded in popularity with the rush of high-end models that have filled its ranks. From the Bentley Bentayga to the Lamborghini Urus, we’ve seen no shortage of super SUVs hit the market in recent years. Super SUVs are the most extravagant breed of SUVs you can find on the market. They have interiors that can rival those that are found in luxury cars, and they have performance capabilities that border on supercar levels. They also have premium price tags, something that we should expect given their status. This is our list of the best super SUVs in the market today, and, who knows, you might end up in the market for one sooner than you think.
This list has to start with the Lamborghini Urus. It just has to. Outside of the LM002 — that really wasn’t a super SUV — the Urus is the first model of its kind to come out of the Italian automaker. The Urus is the living, four-wheeled embodiment of what a super SUV is all about. It looks like a natural Lambo with its sharp nose and the excess vents and intakes dominating the front section. The only difference is it’s wrapped up in a sloping coupe-SUV body. Inside, the Urus is dripping in luxury refinement. Premium leather — you can choose from Unicolor, Sportivo, and Elegante leather — and Alcantara dominate the interior. There’s a good amount of carbon fiber in it, too, laid out in typical Lamborghini fashion.
Then there’s the mean-as-hell 4.0-liter, turbocharged, V-8 that packs a potent 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, enough to help propel the super SUV from 0 to 62 mph in a devastating 3.59 seconds. Top speed is limited to just 186 mph, but that shouldn’t matter when you’re wrapped up in everything the Urus has to offer. Pricing for the Lambo SUV is no joke, either. Hit the market for one and you’re finances are going to get set back by as much as $300,000 depending on the options you add on your ride. It’s a steep price, sure, but that’s what you have to pay to have the privilege of owning one of the world’s most celebrated super SUVs.
Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.
Certain super SUVs pride themselves on their performance, handling, and natural good looks. The Bentley Bentayga has all of those things, too, but when it comes to unbridled luxury, you’re not going to find anything remotely close to it, at least until the next SUV on this list arrives.
The Bentayga’s design follows along the same path as other Bentleys. The four round headlamps are joined by an excess amount of matrix-like grilles on the front. It’s sculpted like a proper Bentley, too, as the hood is elevated relative to the fenders. The side profile also shows how big of an SUV the Bentayga really is. It’s proof that Bentley didn’t cut any corners in its development. The interior is full of handcrafted leather, wood, and metal trim. Headroom and legroom are both generous, as most Bentleys are, and the level of customization on this SUV is unparalleled. If you don’t like what’s presented to you, you can choose between 15 shades of leather, seven wood veneers, and 15 carpet colors. If even that isn’t enough, you can hook up with Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke division, to take the customization to a whole new level.
And just to be clear, the Bentayga is a beast, too. It comes with a turbocharged W-12 TSI engine that packs a whopping 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough juice to help the SUV sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.0 seconds before setting off on a top speed run that maxes out at 186 mph. The Urus may have it beat in terms of power, but don’t sleep on the Bentayga for one second. It may look the part of a $250,000 luxury rig, but it can eat your lunch, too.
Read our full review on the 2018 Bentley Bentayga.
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan hasn’t hit the market yet, but you can be sure that when it does, it’s going to be like the shiny, new toy that every kid wants on Christmas. Nobody, not even Bentley, does luxury quite like Rolls-Royce. The design of the Cullinan shows that it didn’t fall far from the Phantom’s tree. It doesn’t have an original design because most of the elements were culled straight out of the Phantom. That’s not a bad thing, though, because if the Cullinan proved anything, it’s that the Phantom’s overall presentation looks much better if it’s on an SUV. That includes the four suicide doors, by the way.
Inside, well, is a “typical” Rolls-Royce interior. Every square inch is dripping in class and luxury. Most of the surface area is wrapped in Box Grain, durable and water-resistant leather, while the genuine wood trim is molded in three dimensions for a high-tech look. The center stack even has hand-finished metal pillars while several areas are heated for maximum comfort, including the front door armrests, front center console lid, lower C-Pillar, rear side armrests and rear center armrest. Powering the Cullinan is a 6.75-liter V-12 engine that produces 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It’s down on power compared to the Bentayga and the Urus, but let’s not get it twisted. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan isn’t an SUV that hangs its hat on its acceleration time or top speed. It’s an SUV that offers the best of all worlds, the kind that Rolls-Royce is famous for. It’s no surprise then that if you want a Cullinan in your driveway, you’re going to have to spend a whopping $325,000 for one.
Read our full review on the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Technically, the Aston Martin Varekai is still a few years away from arriving. It’ll be here in 2021, to be exact. It may be too early to start celebrating the Varekai, but the model is proof that Aston Martin is keen on cashing in on the lucrative super SUV market.
Details about the Varekai are still unclear at this point, but we do know that the model will be largely based on the DBX Concept that the British automaker unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It’s also been rumored that Aston Martin will make use of a 5.2-liter V-12 engine that could pump out in excess of 500 horsepower. A Mercedes-AMG-sourced V-8 engine is also tipped to be included in the engine choices, as is an all-electric model. Four-wheel drive is also expected.
2021 may still be a few years away, but rest assured, when the Aston Martin Varekai arrives, it’s going to have the world’s attention.
Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Aston Martin Lagonda SUV.
The Porsche Cayenne may well as be considered the godfather of the modern super SUV. First introduced in 2003, the Cayenne is now in its third generation, evolving from what was then regarded as a novelty to a model that is widely considered as the backbone of Porsche’s entire business.
There’s no going around it. The Cayenne is a trailblazer, and it continues to be that way in its third-gen form. The current Cayenne Turbo still evokes the classic styling of Porsche, but it’s also become a lot more aggressive than its predecessors. It’s more holistic to look at, and more importantly, it has a clear and crisp identity that’s independent of other Porsche models. The Cayenne Turbo also has a well-dressed interior and enough state-of-the art technology to make you think you’re driving the Enterprise. Then there’s the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that kicks out 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque. It may be short on power compared to the current-generation Cayenne Turbo S — 570 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque — but thanks to modern technology and deft Porsche engineering, the new Cayenne Turbo with the Sport Chrono Package can actually sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, 0.1 seconds quicker than the model it’s replacing. Take out the package and that number drops to 3.9 seconds, which is still blisteringly quick. Regardless of what version you get, top speed tops out at 177 mph.
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo starts at $125,650. On the surface, it’s a much cheaper alternative to the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga. But that’s if the Porsche is bought in stock form without any add-ons to go with it. Go crazy with the options and accessories and you’re looking at a bill approaching $200,000.
Read our full review on the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
The Range Rover SV Coupe belongs in the special edition branch of the super SUV family. It’s limited to just 999 units worldwide, and it was created as a nod to Land Rover’s 70th anniversary. Its status means that it’s a can’t-miss super SUV, and to Land Rover’s credit, it created the SV Coupe to be just that: can’t miss.
On the surface, the Range Rover SV Coupe looks just like a standard Range Rover. All the design elements are there that immediately makes the model recognizable as a Range Rover. It does have just two doors, though, something that should be expected because it is pegged as a “coupe.” it also has a frameless glass for the windows and a top panoramic roof that lets in a good deal of ambient lighting. Oh, and let’s not forget about those wheels. Those are standard 23-inch wheels! Beyond absurd, in my opinion, but it works on the Range Rover SUV Coupe.
That said, the interior is where the SV Coupe really stands out. Land Rover indicated that it was shooting for “accommodation comparable to private jets and yachts,” and as expected, the interior is top-shelf quality. Space is ample, the materials are exotic, and since this is a special edition model, there’s no shortage of exclusive options available.
Under its hood sits Land Rover’s go-anywhere 5.0-liter, V-8 mill that produces north of 557 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It’s the same setup as the Range Rover SVAutobiography, so expect the SV Coupe to also come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4WD system. The sheer quality and exclusivity of the Range Rover SV Coupe are reasons why the SUV is priced north of $330,000 based on conversions. That’s more than any other super SUV on this list, including the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Take that for what it’s worth.
Read our full review on the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover SV Coupe