Top 10 SUVs and 4X4s available today

SUVs and 4X4s are developing and becoming serious shares of the car buying market. There are so many available but there are few that offer everything from the latest tech like heads up display, ambient lighting, driving modes to the best of road driving. SUVs are practical and offer good space and comfort for families or someone who just enjoys a comfortable ride, sitting higher than others on the road. We have picked the top 10 SUVs and 4X4s available today for you to check out.
10] Jaguar F Pace

Jaguar are known for creating some of the best and most luxurious cars on the market. This New Jaguar F Pace is nothing more than great engineering and great design put together. This car is designed really well and looks like the perfect SUV. It has a smooth design that makes it look like an really aggressive sports car and the overall shape looks like it really means business. The range of engines include the 3.0 litre V6 380 PS Supercharged Petrol and the new 2.0 litre 4 cylinder 180PS Turbocharged Diesel Ingenium engine, which can achieve 57.7mpg and CO2emissions as low as 129g/km. This Jaguar is priced at modest £35k and its well worth it with its big boot and overall stunning drive and performance. It can make a great family car.

The all new Jaguar F Pace

9] Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne is a well built, strong SUV that has become a strong Porsche competitor with rival brands. The Porsche Cayenne is a beautiful car that has unique looks and really stands out. From the front it’s sweeping design to the center of the bonnet makes the car look elegant and sporty. From the back it looks aggressive with the wide stance and built in exhausts. The older versions of the Cayenne were a little outdated and looked buggy but this new model with the contours in the bonnet and redesigned rear make the car look more upper class. There’s the base Cayenne (300-horsepower V6, 20 mpg combined); the Cayenne S (420-hp turbocharged V6, 20 mpg combined); the Cayenne GTS (440-hp turbocharged V6, 20 mpg combined); Cayenne Turbo (520-hp turbocharged V8, 17 mpg combined); and Cayenne Turbo S (570-hp turbo V8, 17 mpg combined). The diesel-powered Cayenne has been discontinued.(We don’t recommend the unrefined and irritating-to-drive Cayenne S E-Hybrid.) From £52,689

The brand new Porsche Cayenne

8] Volvo XC90
The Volvo XC90 is a great competitor to its rivals. It is very well designed and has a sense of elegance about it. The front of the car very smooth and modern with its rounded bonnet. The narrow, sweeping headlights add to the appeal of the car. The rear is noticed as a XC90 by other drivers with its boxed design and taillights that run the length of the rear. Already our standard Momentum trim level will provide you with a high level of technology that will meet high demands on style, comfort and safety. For example, you can enjoy Sensus Connect with enhanced connectivity – such as the intuitive operation of the 9-inch centre display with touch screen and voice control – and the clear sound reproduction of our High Performance audio system. Volvo say the XC90 provides you with an SUV that perfectly fits you and your lifestyle. A car that meets your expectations of a dynamic drive with refined comfort and luxury design – built with care for people and the world we share. A car that’s intuitive to use and makes life less complicated, and is a pleasure to live with every day. At the heart of your XC90 is a dynamic, efficient powertrain. Whichever you choose, you will enjoy our latest Drive-E technology that gives you instant response and a smooth ride. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are kept low, and our powertrains already comply with future exhaust emission legislation. Our Drive-E powertrain range includes advanced diesel and petrol engines mated to our smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox, with responsive AWD all-wheel drive technology. And for the ultimate combination of performance and efficiency in your XC90, there’s the option of our T8 Twin Engine AWD powertrain with plug-in hybrid technology. Make your choice, and enjoy the journey wherever it takes you.
You get the option of a 2litre diesel engine with 235bhp and 49.6mpg, a 2litre petrol with 320bhp with 35.3mpg and a 2litre electric petrol engine with 320bhp and 134.5mpg. 0-60mph for the diesel is 7.4 seconds, petrol is 6.1 seconds and the electric petrol is 5.3 seconds. They have top speeds of 137 mph, 143 mph, 140 mph. This is a great family car and one you should check out.
7] Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 has really stepped up its game with its new design. It looks amazing. The smooth, contoured bonnet with the sweeping headlights and wide grill make this Q7 look modern but aggressive. The rear has had a modern touch and follows the design on the front but on a boxed of rear.  In the interior you get a high-definition 8.3in screen that rises from the top of the dashboard, and is controlled using buttons and a simple rotary controller on the centre console. A touchpad next to these is also standard, allowing you to write instructions, for example, when programming an address into the sat-nav.As you might expect, the Q7 comes with sat-nav, Bluetooth, and steering wheel-mounted controls. Under the front centre armrest there are two USB ports, while in the glovebox there’s a SIM card for 4G online connectivity, a DVD drive and two SD card slots. There are also 12v sockets for front and middle-row occupants, but it’s a little disappointing that there are no USB points for rear-seat passengers.

A wireless mobile charging pad is an option, as is the Audi Virtual Cockpit. This swaps the analogue instruments, and 7.0in TFT screen nestled between them, for a giant 12.3in digital panel, which displays sat-nav maps, phone, audio and driver information menus. This comes as standard on the SQ7 and e-tron.

The 3.0-litre diesel engines delivers smooth acceleration. The 268bhp version isn’t that much more expensive and is much punchier, particularly at low revs. Acceleration builds strongly from just 1500rpm, which makes the Q7 effortless to drive. Despite the eco-focus and additional weight of the batteries, the Q7 E-tron has similar performance to the 268bhp diesel. If anything, it feels even quicker when the batteries are charged thanks to the instant power the electric motors give. The standard eight-speed automatic gearbox kicks down smartly if you floor the accelerator and changes up quickly through the gears.

6] Range Rover Velar

Range rover have done it once again. They have created a new masterpiece and work of art called the Range Rover Velar. This car is unequivocally Range rover and it fits in between the Evoque and sport models competing with the Audi A5 and the Porsche Macan. As you can see it looks amazing and modern. Its got a modern sloping roofline on top of a wide, low centred contoured body with a rounded rear. The bonnet has got a new design with contours above the headlights that are undeniably Range Rover making the car look formidable. The exhaust built into the rear make the car look sporty and elegant. Overall the design gets a 5/5. One new thing about the exterior of this Range Rover Velar is the new door handles that deploy when you unlock the car. The Velar is a mid-sized, five-seat crossover vehicle, designed for family transport. The name is derived from the Latin for sail or veiled.

Four engines will be offered with this new Velar; a 2.0-litre diesel producing 180 and 240PS, the tried and very trusted 300PS 3.0-litre V6 diesel, the debut of Land Rover’s 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit producing 250PS and a 380PS, 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine.

Performance across the range runs from top speeds of 130mph to 155mph, 0-60mph from 8.4sec to 5.3sec and CO2 emissions from 214g/km to 142g/km. All vehicles use eight-speed automatic gearboxs in various guises.

The Range Rover Velar will be on sale this summer priced at between £44,830 and £85,450 with a typical price of £61,000.

New Range Rover Velar Revealed: info, price and specs

5] Maserati Levante

Maserati feel like a boutique brand and one that is exotic and foreign. Maserati also create some great, stylish cars and one of them is this new Maserati Levante. Looking at it, it looks similar to other 4×4’s like the Porsche Cayenne. The design on this car is somewhat odd, the front looks aggressive with the narrow headlights and sharp design. How the top of the car meets the rear is odd with the bulging rear panels. The rear is not as nice as some of its rivals and is pretty standard.

Two twin-turbo V-6s are offered: one with 345 hp, the other with 424 hp. Both have an eight-speed automatic with all-wheel drive. The ride is compliant on-road; off-road, the Levante is quite competent.

RRP: From £53,780

Maserati’s new 4×4 the Maserati Levante

4] Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover sport is one of the most coveted and most populars cars in the world. It’s the most common Range Rover and the most affordable of the desirable models. This new model is designed really well giving the SUV a elegant look. The new design with the sloping roof and widened head/tail lights give the car a upmarket look. The car looks wider and the new shape with the smoother edges along the bonnet round up the elegant look. There is the entry-level 3.0-litre diesel that can get from 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds and return fuel economy of just over 40mpg. The supercharged 5.0-litre petrol SVR rockets from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds. Prices start from £59,700 for the entry model but increase for the four different models. Each model is different to the previous and comes with more feature for the price you pay. They also are slightly different from the exterior to show that you have a more expensive model.

The new Range Rover Sport review – info, specs and price

 3] Mercedes GLS

The Mercedes GLS may be one of the largest and most practical luxury SUVs on the market, but you need to have more than just sheer size on your side to be a serious competitive in this sector of the market.

As relaxing and comfortable transport for seven people the GLS matches its closest rivals from Audi and Volvo. The 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine is smooth and powerful, while air suspension gives you the same feeling as if you were on a magic carpet.

Unfortunately, up against the competition of the Q7 and XC90 the Mercedes’ flaws are highlighted. A dated looking cabin and inflated price tag count against it. Mind you both the Audi and Volvo can seat seven people too, and at fraction of the cost.

The GLS remains extremely comfortable, thanks to its air suspension and incredible refinement. The diesel entry-level 255bhp 350d CDI is smooth and powerful enough, while the high-performance 580bhp GL63 AMG model boasts performance that no car this big should be capable of.

Mercedes offers the GLS with a choice of two engines – a 3.0-litre 255hp V6 diesel in the GL350 and a twin-turbo 5.5-litre 580bhp V8 petrol in the Mercedes-AMG GLS63. The latter  of the two boasts incredible performance for such a large car, despite the fact that it weighs a mighty 2,580kg. The GL350 CDI is the sensible choice for its 37.2mpg fuel economy, yet it’s still a refined and strong performer with a claimed 0-62mph time of 7.8 seconds.

Prices start under £70,000 and rise to over £100,000, making the GLS considerably more costly than any of its closets rivals – all of which also offer seven seats.

Mercedes GLS review

 
2] Range Rover Autobiography

The Range Rover is the most sought after luxurious 4×4 in the world (can you blame them). It has been elegantly crafted with its smooth, stylish design and its interior is hand crafted with the finest materials with everything in place for a reason and has all the latest technology you could possibly need in this day and age. It comes in 3.0 litre diesel all the way to the 5.0 litre V8, 510bhp beast of an engine that can do 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 140mph.

Range Rover Autobiography

1] Bentley Bentayga

Bentleys new Bentayga 4*4 model is a one of a kind master piece. This is one of the fastest production SUV’s ever built. Looking at the Bentley Bentayga on first impressions it looks great and really expensive. The overall shape looks attractive with its front nose similar to the other Bentleys produced like the Bentley Continentals and the rear looks modern and unique. It has a look of opulence and elegance. You know your a wealthy man driving one of these.

There are 2 engines to choose one petrol and one diesel. The petrol is a beast of an engine that is 6.0litre with 600 bhp that goes from 0-60mph in 4 seconds with a top speed of 187mph and a combined 21.6mpg. The diesel has a 4.0litre, 8-cylinder Bentley engine delivering a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h) and 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds (0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds).

Bentley’s first diesel engine is also triple-charged – harnessing two turbo chargers and an electric powered compressor. This system delivers a dynamic response, far quicker than conventional turbochargers, especially at low speeds. This is the fastest diesel SUV available.

This car is something special as its still a fast car but also luxurious and Bentley seem to have got the mix just right. It has great off road capabilities just like the Range Rover, but not as good.

RRP: From £135,800

[image from carmagazine, motortrends]

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