Super SUVs, or SSUVs, is a burgeoning vehicle class. These exotic, high performing, super luxury models, formerly only the realm of sports and extreme luxury cars, has evolved into the SUV class.
Here are the top super SUV models along with competitors and other factors to consider.
The Bentayga enters its fourth model year and sees major changes for 2019. Two engine options have been added to the mix: a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 outputting 542 horsepower, which is the base engine, and a plug-in hybrid. This in addition to a W12 with a 6.0-liter and 600 engine, so plenty of power-train options to choose from the British automaker.
The Bentayga has a base price of $180,000 and goes up considerably from there depending on the power-train and options selected. The Bentayga is the first Bentley to offer the electric power-train. It also shares the same Volkswagen MLB platform as two other models on this list, the Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne.
The Urus is an all-new model, and Lamborghini’s first SUV in 25 years. Lamborghini has a lot riding on the Urus having hired hundreds of new production workers to meet capacity. The Urus shuns a V10 or V12/W12 engine in favor of a more efficient and lighter twin turbo V8. The Urus produces a massive 641 horsepower from the comparably efficient 4.0 liter engine.
While practical as a daily driver, the Urus does have less cargo room than its competitors, with an emphasis on style over performance. The sharp-lined exterior design has influence from the company’s flagship Aventador model.
The Urus is the fastest SUV in the world and can match the performance of many of today’s top super cars. Fuel economy is estimated at 13 mpg city/20 mpg highway.
This all-new model is built on the same platform as the Phantom. While it may be described as high-bodied or high-sided car, the Cullinan has considerable amount of rugged capability, and decent cargo space.
The Cullinan features a 6.8-liter, 563 horsepower twin-turbo V12 engine. The Cullinan is the most expensive SUV in production with a starting price of $325,000, and the most luxurious.
While Ferrari doesn’t yet have an SUV, the Levante is the next best thing with its powerful Ferrari sourced engine. The Levante is the bargain of the exotic SUV class with a starting price of $78,000. However with the optional 3.8-liter 590 horsepower twin-turbo V8, the price goes up about another $100K.
Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography
You probably didn’t expect to see a Land Rover on a list of super SUVs, but the SVAutobiography really steps up the luxury, with perforated leather seats and a mote control four-zone climate control, combined impressive amounts of power. It’s top line 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine produces 557 horsepower, making it a serious contender in the SSUV class.
It has a superlative price too with a base MSRP of $177,200 but can easily top $200,000. Despite that lofty entry point that may make it the bargain of this bunch, and if you want an SSUV to be able to go off-road, the SVAutobiography is prodigious.
Mercedes-Benz AMG G63
The G-Class has undergone a major update for the 2019 model year. The G-Class is stellar off-road or on-road with its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 outputting 577 horsepower in top line form. This model has a starting price of $125,000.
Other high performance SUV models that top $100,000 include the excellent Porsche Cayenne Turbo and BMW X6 M. While Porsches and BMWs are not uncommon on the roads, these two models really emphasize superior performance and luxury.
The true bargain in the exotic SUV class may be the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadriofoglio, which features a Ferrari produced 2.9-liter 505 horsepower V6 engine. It starts at the reasonably low cost of $82,000.
This group of vehicles features a lot of superlatives and models that raise the bar including: fastest SUV, most expensive SUV, and most powerful SUV. The Super SUV class will continue to expand and heat up as Aston Martin is launching a new SUV model of their own called the Varekai.
If the $100,000 price point is too high a barrier with the options you want, consider the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon Denali XL, or Lincoln Navigator. Although falling short of the SSUV class, they offer plenty of luxury and power for most.