Prepare to shell out for any of these luxury SUVs

Once upon a time, the term “luxury SUV” described models that you could barely count on one hand. Today, the term “luxury SUV” describes a thriving ecosystem of some of the finest and most premium sport utility vehicles in the market. The growing popularity of SUVs has ignited interest in these models, resulting in the kind of demand that many thought was impossible as recently as a decade ago. And as more exotic brands — hello, Aston Martin, and Ferrari — enter the ring, the luxury SUV market is only going to get bigger and far more diverse than it already is today. But that’s a story for another time. For now, these are the seven most luxurious SUVs you can buy in the market today.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan - $325,000

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It even has active suspension

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the most expensive SUV in the market today, and there’s a good reason for that. First, it’s a Rolls-Royce. Second, it’s a Rolls-Royce. Third, you get the point. All joking aside, it doesn’t get more luxurious than the Cullinan where SUVs are concerned.

The imperious interior of the Cullinan is one of its biggest highlights. It’s a typical Rolls-Royce model in so much as you’re swathed in the finest materials known to man.

The fluid design also highlights the SUV’s stunning level of class and grace. And if you really want to know, the Cullinan is one of the few SUVs in the market today that comes with a motorized drawer specifically designed according to the owner’s preferred pastime. As an option, you can also avail of the Viewing Suite, which stores a pair of folding leather-clad rear-facing seats and cocktail table in a special cassette. It’s safe to say it, folks. Nobody does luxury like Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan specifications
Engine: 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine
Power: 563 horsepower
Torque: 627 pound-feet of torque
0 to 62 mph: 5.2 seconds
0 to 124 mph: 13 seconds (estimate)
Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)

Read our full review on the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB - $208,200

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A $200,000-plus Land Rover isn’t a normal thing. Then again, there’s nothing normal about the Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography. It adds an astonishing 7.3 inches in legroom compared to the “standard” Range Rover SVAutobiography, and Land Rover makes good use of that extra space by designing an interior that’s fit for kings.

The Executive Class Comfort-Plus rear seats are stars in their own right. It also comes with a refrigerated compartment that can be accessed at the touch of a button.

It’s located between the rear seats, and the veneered sliding door recedes to reveal a refrigerated compartment that can store up to four 20 oz bottles, plus two glasses. Oh, and did I mention the extra 7.3 inches in rear legroom space. There are enough reasons why the Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB costs over $200,000. These are just a few of them.

Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography specifications
Engine: 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine
Power: 557 horsepower
Torque: 516 pound-feet of torque
0 to 62 mph: 5.2 seconds
0 to 124 mph: 13 seconds (estimate)
Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)

Read our full review on the Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB

Bentley Bentayga - $165,000

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A list of the most luxurious SUVs in the market deserves to have the Bentley Bentayga in it. The British automaker’s first-ever SUV is a paragon of class and luxury.

The exterior design is classy and sophisticated, and the interior is, well, it’s a tried-and-tested Bentley interior.

It’s swaddled in gratifyingly rich materials that enhance the cabin’s aesthetics while making you feel like you’re living in a world of luxury. It’s not as over-the-top as the Cullinan or even the Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB, but everything about the Bentayga speaks to the kind of technical sophistication, craftsmanship, and all-around attention-to-detail that Bentley is known for. It’s still a pricey option relative to other models on this list, but the Bentayga is still a Bentley. Sometimes, you have to pay a little extra for that.

Bentley Bentayga specifications
Engine: 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 engine
Power: 600 horsepower
Torque: 664 pound-feet of torque
0 to 62 mph: 3.6 seconds
0 to 124 mph: 12.4 seconds
Top Speed: 187 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Bentley Bentayga

Lincoln Navigator L Black Label - $99,595

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There once was a time when the Lincoln Navigator was regarded as one of the premier luxury SUVs in the market. It fell on hard times, but now that it’s back, the Navigator is determined to reclaim its place in that list. The range-topping Black Label L trim is a good place to start. It’s the long-wheelbase version of the Navigator Black Label, and part of its appeal is the extra 12 inches in length and the extra nine inches in wheelbase it possesses compared to the standard Navigator. That converts to more interior space for the Black Label L, not to mention a staggering 120.2 cubic feet in cargo room when the rear seats are folded.

Speaking of which, the Navigator Black Label L’s interior is one of its biggest highlights, exemplified by your choice to dress it up in a bright white Chalet theme, an oak-like Destination theme, or a vintage Yacht Club theme with milky trim and blue leather.

It’s not as outlandishly luxurious as the Cullinan, but the Navigator Black Label L gives justice to the pedigree that’s attached to its nameplate.

Lincoln Navigator L Black Label specifications
Engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine
Power: 450 horsepower
Torque: 510 pound-feet of torque
0 to 62 mph: 5.5 seconds
0 to 124 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 115 mph (electronically limited)

Read our full review on the 2019 Lincoln Navigator L Black Label

BMW X7 - $73,900

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There will come a day when the BMW X8 will sit above BMW’s SUV range. But until that day comes, the X7 holds its place as the range-topping Bimmer SUV, and for a good reason. Unlike the performance-oriented X8, the X7 is all about luxury in the same way the 7 Series holds that distinction over the 8 Series.

The X7’s four-seat layout makes for a comfortable ride, and each seat comes with vents, adjustable climate control, reading lights, cup holders, and power sockets.

You name it; the X7 probably has it. The interior materials are top quality, too, though that’s expected from a model that’s heavily touted for its class and elegance. When you roll into town aboard the X7, people will notice you. That’s what luxury SUVs are all about in the first place, right? To attract attention whenever and wherever.

BMW X7 specifications
Engine: 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine
Power: 523 horsepower
Torque: 553 pound-feet of torque
0 to 62 mph: 4.5 seconds
0 to 124 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)

Read our full review on the 2019 BMW X7

Mercedes-Benz GLS - $70,150

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The Mercedes-Benz GLS Class is a lot like the BMW X7 and the Audi Q8. It doesn’t belong in the upper-tier of luxury SUVs the way models like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga do, but just because that’s the case, it doesn’t mean that the GLS Class is short on the good stuff. In fact, for an SUV that costs just north of $70,000, the GLS Class is a bargain luxury SUV. There are no compromises when it comes to the GLS Class’ luxury identity.

There’s a corporate look to the SUV’s interior in so far as it’s clean, handsome, and typically German.

All the elements are in place for specific reasons, and Mercedes doesn’t get too cute trying to get overambitious with its design. Leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber are common sightings in a GLC Class, though you could extend that to include fine wood, metal, and whatever quirky material that tickles your fancy. Interior space is also a highlight of the GLS as passengers in the back are treated to copious amounts of legroom space. For everything you need out of a $70,000 luxury SUV, the Mercedes GLS Class can accommodate you.

Mercedes-Benz GLS specifications
Engine: 4.7-liter turbocharged V-8 engine
Power: 449 horsepower
Torque: 516 pound-feet of torque
0 to 62 mph: 4.5 seconds
0 to 124 mph: 22 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)

Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Audi Q8 - $68,395

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The last SUV on this list also happens to be the cheapest SUV on this list. But just because that’s the distinction afforded to the Audi Q8, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a spot on this list. Here’s the truth: the Audi Q8 has a stunning interior.

It’s not as stunning as a Bentayga or even a Navigator Black Label L, but it still exceeds our qualifications for one.

The Q8’s seats, for example, are fantastic. They’re firm yet forgiving, with endless adjustments. They even come with built-in massagers so, if you’re stuck in traffic, there’s one less reason to get bored. High-quality materials are also hallmarks of the Q8, as is Audi’s penchant for loading up tech features in its models. The Q8 is no exception. It boasts one of the cleanest and most beautiful layouts of any SUV in its class. Every space in the cabin is considered for maximum effect, and the results, well, they certainly speak for themselves.

Audi Q8 specifications
Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine
Power: 335 horsepower
Torque: 369 pound-feet of torque
0 to 62 mph: 5.9 seconds
0 to 124 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)

Read our full review on the 2019 Audi Q8

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