11 best Luxury SUVs from 2018
2018 has been a busy year for luxury automobile makers launching many new and appealing models. An obvious demand increase recently has seen the rise in SUV sales across all segments, particularly the luxury segment. This brings us to our top 11 most significant luxury SUVs from 2018.
11. Volvo XC40
Volvo continues its growth in the luxury segment with the introduction of the XC40 compact luxury SUV. The Volvo XC40 has a muscular stance and signature ‘Thor’ headlamps as well as a technologically advanced premium interior that presents some stiff competition in a hotly contested segment.
10. Audi Q8
Audi added a new model to its lineup with a full-size luxury crossover SUV coupé called the Q8. Essentially the Audi Q8 is the new flagship model showcasing the design direction for the brand going forward with character lines inspired by the original Quattro rally car.
9. BMW X7
BMW also adds a flagship SUV to its model range with the full-size X7. Coincidentally, the BMW X7 happens to also be BMW’s first 7-seater model with features including a large panoramic sunroof creating the “sky lounge” and a Bowers & Wilkins diamond surround sound system.
8. Mercedes-AMG G63
The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon has been an iconic and rugged SUV since 1979. Adding to this is the performance AMG variant. Powered by a bi-turbo V8 engine, this Mercedes-AMG G63 propels to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds thanks to the available 850 Nm of torque.
7. Lexus LX 570
The Lexus LX 570 is the Japanese luxury carmakers flagship model. Some might say it is a behemoth in size and presence accompanied by its 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine producing 360 bhp and 530 Nm of torque. Perfect in our mind as the flagship representative.
6. Maserati Levante Trofeo
The Maserati Levante luxury SUV helped increase sales for the Italian luxury brand. For the first time, this popular SUV receives a V8 engine tuned to 530 hp and 730 Nm of torque terms the Maserati Levante Trofeo. This translates to a 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds making it a mighty quick SUV in our books.
5. 2018 Porsche Cayenne
The Porsche Cayenne added changes to its best selling SUV for 2018. Updates include a revised chassis for improved dynamics, a 12.3 inch touch screen shared with the Panamera and the addition of a e-hybrid variant.
4. Range Rover/Range Rover Sport
The signature Range Rover Sport gets cosmetic updates showcasing design language similar to its recently launched Velar. Add to it the optional executive class seating package and be prepared to get pampered in absolute style and comfort.
3. Lamborghini Urus
Lamborghini launched what it terms as a “Super Sport” Utility Vehicle called the Lamborghini Urus and with good reason too. With a claimed 0-100 kph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 305 kph, Lamborghini presently stakes the claim as the world’s fastest SUV. This is courtesy of a 4.0 litre V8 twin turbo capable of producing 650 hp and 850 Nm of torque when mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
2. Bentley Bentayga
The British luxury car maker Bentley introduced their SUV called the Bentley Bentayga not too long ago. The Bentayga is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine that produces 600 horsepower and a maximum torque of 900Nm. This power is delivered to all four wheels and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission helping it reach 100 km/h in an astonishing 4.1 seconds making it one of the quickest SUV’s available.
1. Rolls-Royce Cullinan
After 112 years, Rolls-Royce joins the luxury SUV group with its super luxury Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Bespoke options taken to the next level with signature Rolls-Royce characteristics, makes this a truly unique vehicle, capable of some serious off-road journeys as well. A 6.75 litre V12 engine helps produce 850 Nm of torque to ensure power is sufficient whenever required.