12. BMW X5 M $102,695. 567HP V8 TWIN-TURBO
The BMW X5 M is an SUV. The 2018 X5 M starts at $76,502 (MSRP), with a destination charge of $995. It gets EPA-estimated 16 MPG combined. The X5 M may have slightly less cargo space than its competitors, and its six-figure starting price is prohibitive, but all is forgiven in the face of its 567-hp twin-turbocharged V-8. That powerplant, plus the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, propelled this beast from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds in our testing. Yes, 3.8 seconds! The fun doesn’t stop with straight-line speed, either. To drive the X5 M is to challenge the laws of physics.
11. VOLVO XC90 T8 eAWD 440HP TWIN ENGINE PLUG-IN HYBRID. $105,900
The 2019 Volvo XC90 places in the middle of our competitive luxury midsize SUV rankings. It has a top-notch interior and loads of standard safety features, but its performance trails that of many rivals, and it has a poor predicted reliability rating.
XC90 T8 has a plug-in hybrid powertrain that pairs the inline-four twin-charged engine with an electric motor to produce a combined 444 horsepower. The electric assistance helps propel the T8 off the line with authority, though some critics lament the unrefined transitions between the electric and gasoline engines. All XC90 models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s OK, but it sometimes hesitates to downshift, struggles to find the right gear, and occasionally shifts harshly.
10. MERCEDES AMG GLE 63 S COUPE $111,995. 577HP
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupé skillfully embodies the firmly established principles of Mercedes-Benz design: sensuousness and clarity. The top-of-the- range V8 model from Affalterbach manages in an emotively appealing way to bring the fascination of motor sport to everyday life with a powerful dominance. A very first glance reveals the new four-door coupé to be an extrovert, proudly standing on its large wheels.
Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S Coupe thunders from rest to 62mph in about the same time it takes to say its name, which seems about right considering that its slightly old-school biturbo 5.5-litre V8 pumps out 577bhp and 560lb ft in its marginally hotter ‘S’ form. With the assistance of 4Matic four-wheel drive, a standard 9G-Tronic nine-speed transmission and the massively shod optional 22-inch alloys, this GLE emphatically denies its elephantine kerb weight much say in the matter. The 0-62mph dash takes a scant 4.2sec, while electronics call time on straight line performance at 155mph.
9. PORSCHE CAYENNE TURBO 550HP. $125,850
2019 Cayenne Turbo conveys a feeling of true Porsche-ness. Like the V-6–powered Cayenne, the Turbo is clearly fresh-faced when compared with the last-generation model, but it’s still easily recognizable as Porsche’s bread-and-butter Cayenne SUV.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo third generation has performance figures that should be the forefront of ultra-powerful SUVs, and one that emphasizes the ’S’ in SUV.
On paper, the Cayenne Turbo stands out with flying colors – its 4.0-liter V8 biturbo power plant can produce up to 550 horsepower and 568 pound feet of torque, allowing it to smoke the 0-100 kilometers per hour (0-62 miles per hour) in just 4.1 seconds. It also has a top speed of 286 kph (178 mph).
8. MERCEDES AMG GLS 63 577HP. $127,145
The 2019 GLS63’s performance comes without sacrifice; its cabin is lined in leather and equipped with amenities ranging from massaging front seats to an optional rear entertainment system. It’s the perfect chariot for turning daily errands into joy rides. Mercedes-AMG GLS63, an SUV with seats for seven and a 577-hp twin-turbocharged V-8 to chase away the Sunday scaries and 561 pound-feet of twist, more than enough of each to haul around up to 98 cubic feet (2,775 liters) of cargo and rocket to mile-a-minute speed in 4.5 seconds.
7. TESLA MODEL X P100D 762 HP. $140,000
The P100D is the most performance orientated Model X – sacrificing some range in the process. A 100kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers two motors driven through a single-speed gearbox that drives all four wheels. Power outputs are 762 horsepower and 791 lb-ft of torque. The P100D offers incredible performance – 0-60mph taking a supercar-scaring 2.9 seconds, with a range of 289 miles being only slightly less than the 100D’s 295-mile range. The P100D can also tow up to 5,000 pounds. Fastcharge enabled, 100% battery charge can be accrued in 45 minutes. On a 75kWh home charger, full charge takes six and a half hours; the 100kWh charger dropping that to around four.
6. MERCEDES AMG G63 577HP. $148,495
The redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class finishes in the top half of our luxury large SUV rankings. This SUV has always been incredibly capable, but it now offers the refinement and technological prowess of a premium luxury vehicle. MERCEDES AMG G63 is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 makes 577 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. The G63 also has a much more aggressive exhaust note and hefty amounts of carbon fiber, among several other changes.
5. MASERATI LEVANTE TROFEO 590HP. $170,000
2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo is the most powerful vehicle Maserati currently makes, outgunning models like the GranTourismo and Quattroporte GTS by a good margin. In fact, the only production Maserati more powerful than the Levante Trofeo was the V12-powered MC12 Versione Corse. The Trofeo’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 is built by Ferrari and shares more than a little with that company’s current crop of V8 engines.
The Trofeo hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 187 mph, producing 590 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque from a 3.8-liter twin turbo V8, the SUV sends its power to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
4. LAMBORGHINI URUS 641HP. $200,000
The supercar brand that pioneered luxury SUVs with the LM002 returns to the fray with the Super Sports SUV, dubbed the Lamborghini Urus. Priced from $200,000, the pricey SUV packs a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 beneath traditional Lamborghini styling, outputting a whopping 641 horsepower and 678 lb-ft of torque. This may not make it the most powerful SUV on the market, but it will hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of around 190 mph.
3. RANGE ROVER SV AUTOBIOGRAPHY 557HP. $209,500
The 2020 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic with the most powerful Range Rover engine, is a premium SUV that is designed with combining peerless refinement with capability and power, the 557 hp V8 Supercharged engine has been enhanced to deliver 516 lb-ft, with maximum torque available at 3,500 – 5,000 rpm.The unique suspension configuration on SVAutobiography Dynamic has been calibrated to match the increase to 557 hp power output.
2. BENTLEY BENTAYGA 600HP. $267,000
Bentley Bentayga, has already established its premium pedigree with a handcrafted interior, an advanced active suspension system. A 600-hp W-12 engine is also available; this super-smooth powerhouse delivered 3.6 seconds in our zero-to-60-mph test, and its power delivery is creamier and its performance felt more robust during passing maneuvers.
Bentayga has also claimed the title of most expensive production SUV.
1. ROLLS ROYCE CULLINAN 563HP. $327,750
Rolls-Royce’s very first SUV, named after the largest diamond ever found. Sporting rear-hinged suicide doors and an opulent cabin, the Cullinan commands a starting price around $327,000
Its twin-turbo 6.7-liter V-12 provides 563 effortless horsepower and runs as whisper-quiet as you would expect, lest it disturb the VIPs in its cabin. Rolls-Royce estimates a zero-to-60-mph time of just 4.8 seconds—impressive for a large SUV that weighs as much as the Cullinan does.