The 5 Most Luxurious SUVs on the Market
Posted by: Lydia on 31/12/2019
When first devised, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) were created chiefly with adventure in mind. As a result, whenever there was a choice between elegance and utility, the latter always won out. Today, that has changed, and there’s no need to compromise when it comes to buying an SUV. Now you can have a rugged and sporty vehicle that also boasts an array of luxurious features.
As day to day life in Aus continues to get more complicated, the appeal of luxury SUVs is growing. Such SUVs give drivers access to immense versatility while remaining a stylish vehicle that you can park at the office without anyone batting an eye. If there’s one challenge with the luxury SUV market in Australia, it’s that there are so many choices out there for a new buyer. So let’s make overcoming this challenge easier, and look now at 5 of the most luxurious SUVs on the market.
1. Alfa Romeo Stelvio
When it comes to Italian manufacturers, most car fans will think of Ferrari or Lamborghini first.
This is understandable given the legendary racing records shared by both, but it’s also true that neither of these racing rivals will become famous for their SUV offerings anytime soon. That's why the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is such a fantastic vehicle.
It has a zippy 2L engine accompanied by an 8 speed automatic AWD setup that makes cruising through inner-city streets a pleasure, and gorgeous and sleek Italian lines that’ll turn heads wherever you go. But also, with the Stelvio, Alfa Romeo is building a unique market niche within the SUV sector as an Italian manufacturer and is driving a new conversation about this great brand and its unique contributions to the wide world of autos.
2. BMW X7
BMW is famous for its historic collection of iconic vehicles within the sedan class. With the X7, the German manufacturer is seeking to add a new icon to its stable. With looks that make it resemble a cross between a 4WD and a limo, the X7 is a 7-seater that’s approximately 5.15 metres long, with abundant room throughout the cabin to ensure all passengers travel in comfort and luxury. With a 3L turbo diesel engine, this ride is also one with ample power for both the school run and for those long Sunday cruises along the coast.
3. Bentley Bentayga
Many may feel that a Bentley is at its best ambling slowly towards a cocktail night or gallery event. A car just as often used to be seen as to be driven. But this vehicle proves the brilliant engineering pedigree that lies beneath the bonnet. Possessing a diesel V8 engine, the Bentayga has plenty of power to keep pace on a freeway and take on the off-road with gusto.
With its Mulliner Driving Specification luxury aesthetic that Bentley is famous for—featuring drilled sports pedals, diamond-quilted seats, and embroidered Bentley emblems throughout—this vehicle is also one of unquestionable glamour. One of those truly exceptional vehicles you could buy and pass down to the next generation of your family.
4. Rolls-Royce Cullinan
If you’re lucky to already own a Bentley and wish to add something different to the garage, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan may be the vehicle for you. And make no mistake, with a 6.75L twin-turbo V12 engine, this is a luxury SUV that will deliver on elegance and output when called upon. The fact that Rolls-Royce offers 44,000 different colours in customising this vehicle is not only a testament to the manufacturer's precision approach to meeting their buyer’s desires, but also the amazing planning and precision that has gone into bringing their vehicle into existence.
It’s true that the arrival of the Cullinan has been controversial among purists who’ve been longtime fans of this British manufacturer, but ultimately this is perhaps just proof that Rolls-Royce’s decision to enter the SUV market was the right one. A brand with rich tradition is now increasingly modernising to catch the eye of new buyers and define a new identity for Rolls-Royce in the 21st century.
5. Volvo XC60
With an elegant minimalist interior style and a 2L 4-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine, the XC60 is the perfect SUV for those who love a scaled-back, sporty vehicle that embodies the ethos ‘less is more’. Owing to its clean lines through its elegant interior, this is a vehicle that places an emphasis on a driver’s pure enjoyment of the vehicle, and the experience of using it anytime they turn the key.
However, it would be a mistake to understand minimalism as meaning there's anything missing in this vehicle. In addition to leather-accented upholstery and diamond-cut wheels, this is a vehicle packed with fantastic safety features, ensuring that whether this is the first SUV or the 100th you’ve owned, the driving will feel familiar, natural, and easy.
When shopping around for any SUV vehicle, it's always important to keep in mind the differences that do exist between them and other vehicle types.
The SUV Adjustment Period
If you’re gearing up to an buy a SUV for the first time and transitioning from a different vehicle type, remember that even if they’ve got many similarities to other vehicles overall—they have some key differences as well. The first is the larger profile of many SUV vehicles, which means parking and similar daily tasks can be a trickier exercise compared to a sedan or compact car. There’s also the different experience of the driving itself, as a driver will be elevated above others on the road, with substantially different handling compared to smaller cars due to the different weight distribution of an SUV.
Though SUVs come with some greater challenges, there are also many benefits. The same elevated position that some drivers may find takes some getting used to can also be great for increased visibility, and training younger family members in driving. They are also amazing for holiday travel given their purpose-built setup and huge variety of storage options.
Just be sure to keep in mind that not every SUV is—strictly speaking—4WD that’s designed for rough riding, so to keep your luxury SUV looking luxurious, be sure to read the instruction manual carefully before trading paved roads for the off-road. Then you’ll be all set to ensure your luxury experience remains drama-free, allowing you to enjoy the finer things with peace of mind as you drive.
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