The demand for Sports Utility Vehicles (or SUVs for short) is set to keep on growing, with a report published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. claiming that the global market for this type of vehicle is projected to expand to beyond 21 million units by 2020.
Luxury SUVs are particularly appealing in this vehicle category, boasting spacious and deluxe interiors, as well as refined driving experiences and powerful engines.
Don’t just take our word for it; here’s a look at the three best luxury SUVs that are available today…
Power: 214 — 428 bhp 0-60mph: 4.7 — 7.1 seconds Fuel economy: 39 — 48 mpg
There is so much to admire about the Audi Q7, from its outstanding cabin refinement to the fact that it’s interior is roomier than many other seven-seater SUVs on the market right now.
Impressive technology is also in abundance throughout the Q7. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system sits on the car’s dashboard, complete with a large LCD screen, while a wireless charging pad is waiting to charge a driver or passenger’s mobile phone with ease.
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Power: 160 — 374 bhp 0-60mph: 5.3 — 9.9 seconds Fuel economy: 31 — 57 mpg
The Jaguar F-PACE has a sportier look and feel than most other luxury SUVs found in this guide, with a slightly lower driving position than the majority of SUVs.
Add to this the technologically advanced features that allow the F-PACE to keep drivers safe, connected and entertained, and it’s little wonder that this SUV was voted both World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year at the prestigious 2017 World Car Awards ceremony.
Power: 236 — 562 bhp 0-60mph: 4.0 — 7.6 seconds Fuel economy: 24 — 41 mpg
While the build quality of the Porsche Cayenne is impressive, as is the SUV’s high-quality interior design, it has to be the standard features found on this car that grabs the most attention.
This is because even the entry-level Cayenne comes complete with stylish 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, a dual-zone climate control system, cruise control, parking sensors and Porsche’s Communication Management infotainment system.
Is the future bright for the luxury SUV market?
As we have already touched on, Global Industry Analysts, Inc.’s report has forecasted that the general SUV market is set to keep going from strength to strength in the weeks to come. Can the same positive outlook be seen for luxury SUVs? There is plenty of reason to believe there is, especially with some of the world’s most renowned car makers getting ready to play their cards in the market.
Alfa Romeo is to continue its resurgence in 2017 with the release of the Stelvio, for example, which is based on the Giulia’s new aluminium architecture and available in both rear- and four-wheel drive.
Then there is the BMW X2, a design-oriented coupe-SUV from the German brand which features a choice of a front-wheel-drive platform and a xDrive 4WD system, and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan — the luxury British manufacturer’s first ever off-roader. Both cars are highly anticipated and will launch in 2018.
SEAT doesn’t look like it’s about to miss out on this attractive market either, with the Spanish brand’s boss Luca de Meo recently stating: “A crossover – a Porsche Macan kind of concept – could be the emerging kind of model. A model that’s a mix between a sports car and an SUV – this is one of the segments we see growing.”
In this article, Autocar has reported that such a sports car-like crossover could be on the roads come 2020.