Once every few years, the super SUV again plays a dominant role in the car world. Fueled by the archetypal state-of-the-art gadgets, the SUV is now a staple of everyday life and a reflection of today's profitable climate.
The fact that the SUV continues to gain ground in terms of market share is perhaps not so obvious. It seems that the average luxury-SUV has a less positive image. A survey by car credit provider Cetelem shows that 43% (out of 11,000 people from 17 countries) believe that SUV buyers are just following a fad. And 34% think this consumer group is all about standing out and impressing others. But there is a paradox. When all respondents are asked what characterizes an SUV, only 9% mention the fashion aspect.
While SUVs will always be at the center of utilitarianism, over the years they have evolved from the clunky non-streamlined cars to something that should have all facets of comfort and sportiness. Due to the influences of the nouveau riche, the absolute top brands have also taken up this challenge, which has resulted in an established order of showpieces.
Our top 3 best SUVs in the highest segment
Now we can go through all SUVs with a renowned status, but in the end, there are only a few brands that have really managed to bring the ultimate luxury and absolute speed together.
№3 | Bentley Bentayga W12
When they say gentleman's car, we say Bentley. The car brand, founded by Walter Owen Bentley, has been around for more than 100 years and has made quite a few evolutionary cars over the years. Bentley delivered its 200,000th car in 2021, where the company has produced no fewer than 156,000 cars since 2002. This number was mainly achieved through the sale of the new models as the Flying Spur and the Continental.
In 2015, Bentley launched its first SUV, which was given a facelift in 2020. The SUV has been well received and in recent years has set an example for what a luxury off-road vehicle is all about.
Power: 608 hp
Torque: 900 Nm
Weight: 2340 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 4.1 sec
Top speed: 301 km/h
Price tag: €288,000
№2 | Rolls Royce Cullinan V12
Founded on March 15, 1905, it soon became apparent that the car manufacturer was capitalizing on the quality of cars by producing the Silver Ghost in 1906. This car became a great success because it was way ahead of its time and had the best technology.
But hey, how is Rolls-Royce doing now? After several takeovers, the dust has settled after BMW took over Rolls-Royce in 2003. After successful models like the Phantom, Ghost and Dawn, in 2018 Rolls-Royce released the first SUV ever made – the Cullinan, which is a reference to the largest diamond ever found.
Exclusive as a diamond, he is. There's something special about the car, because (it's a cliché) the little things make the difference. The design, interior and that status. But does this 2660 kg SUV have fineness? Up to a speed of less than 60 km/h, the steering angle of the rear wheels is opposite to the front wheels to improve maneuverability. From 60 km/h, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels, to improve the stability of the vehicle. That's quite an achievement, but subtle – it's not.
Power: 571 hp
Torque: 850 Nm
Weight: 2660 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 5.2 sec
Top speed: 250 km/h
Price tag: €432,000
№1 | Lamborghini Urus V8
Italian, clean lines and incredibly fast. Full Lamborghini, only in this case it is slightly bigger and heavier, which makes it all the more handsome – because this is the largest Lamborghini ever.
But is it a successful car? Yes. Compared to Lamborghini's only previously made off-road vehicle, the LM200, the Urus was more successful than its predecessor even before it even reached the dealership, with a total of 3500 orders (10 times the number of LM200s ever made). The fact that the SUV is an important model for Lamborghini is even clearer from the total figures. In 2017, the Urus alone (on an annual basis) produced as many as the production of all other Lamborghini models combined (3800).
All things considered, makes the Lamborghini Urus the best SUV of its time!
Power: 650 hp
Torque: 850 Nm
Weight: 2200 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 3.6 sec
Top speed: 305 km/h
Price tag: €313,000