Back in 1970 when the original Range Rover was launched, it was the only big luxury SUV on sale in the UK.
Fast forward nearly 50 years and it seems that just about every manufacturer has a large sports utility vehicle in its range – even Rolls-Royce has got in on the act with the new Cullinan.
We’ve scanned the brochures to bring you 22 of the most expensive SUVs you can buy in the UK (assuming you’ve just won the lottery). And of course, basic price means nothing in the luxury sector where optional extras can sometimes double the original price…
Range Rover Velar - priced up to £61,205
With motor show concept looks and lashings of charisma, the Range Rover Velar is like no other SUV on the market. Arguably the coolest looking 4×4 ever, if you have the cash to splash out on a stunning off-roader that dares to be different, this is the car for you. The Velar range starts at £44,735, topping out with the R-Dynamic HSE.
Land Rover Discovery - priced up to £65,735
The latest Discovery seven-seater is another winner from Land Rover. It’s handsome, cavernous inside and, of course, comes with the marque’s legendary off-road ability. Priced from £46,335, the HSE Luxury is the flagship model at £65,735.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - priced £69,500
Devastating looks, uncanny handling for an SUV and superb badge appeal make the fastest version of the Stelvio a compelling proposition. Its 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo delivers 503bhp which equates to a blistering 3.8 seconds to reach 62mph time and a 176mph top speed.
Porsche Macan - priced up to £69,505
Porsche’s critically-acclaimed Macan is arguably the best-handling SUV out there. The range starts at £45,915, but the range-topping model is the Macan Turbo with Performance Package. Its 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 pumps out 434bhp, blasting it to a 0-62mph time of just 4.4 seconds.
Volvo XC90 - priced up to £71,300
Starting at £50,435, Volvo’s acclaimed SUV is every bit as good as it looks. A superb premium choice, it boasts state-of-the-art design inside and out, and drives well. The most expensive version, the T8 Inscription (hybrid), is powered by a 320bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine combined with an 87bhp electric motor which delivers a claimed total output of 376bhp and 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds.
Maserati Levante - priced up to £75,240
The first SUV from Maserati is bigger than you might think. The Levante’s looks may divide opinion, but it’s well equipped, has massive road presence and it handles well too. The range starts at £56,690, while the sumptuous GrandLusso will set you back £75,240.
Range Rover Sport PHEV - priced £84,400
Priced from £70,800, the PHEV gives you hybrid technology in arguably the most capable car on the market – at home on the road, track or off-road. Combining a petrol engine with electric motor, it can deliver 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds, together with CO2 emissions from just 64g/km, while its electric-only range is up to 31 miles.
Audi Q7 - priced up to £89,345
The latest version of the big Q7 is lighter, more luxurious, features sharper styling and is loaded with tech. And, of course, it comes with Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system. The range starts at £51,425, while the flagship SQ7 Vorsprung is the most expensive model. Four-ringed kerb appeal.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S - priced up to £93,679
If SUV coupe styling is your thing, then maybe the GLC 63 is for you. Go for the top-of-the-range Edition 1 and you get 21-inch AMG alloy wheels with a cross-spoke forged design and yellow rim flange revealing gold brake callipers, as well as yellow AMG decals on mirrors and side sill panels.
BMW X5 M - priced £97,045
The X5 doesn’t just have premium badge appeal, it’s a seriously spacious, speedy SUV if you go for this M version. Its 4.4-litre engine tops out at 155mph and can reach 62mph from standstill in just 4.25 seconds.
Range Rover Sport SVR - priced £99,750
Arguably the most capable car ever – the Sport SVR is spacious and boasts enormous road presence and driveability. Its 5.0-litre 567bhp supercharged engine delivers 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds. Add the dramatic V8 soundtrack, blistering acceleration, remarkable handling that seems to defy physics, and all-terrain ability, and you’re left with a truly phenomenal SUV.
Porsche Cayenne - from £99,291
In true Porsche tradition, the third generation Cayenne may not look radically different to the outgoing version, but it continues to combine performance with excellent everyday practicality. The petrol turbo version is the fastest, capable of a top speed of 177mph and a 0-62mph time of 4.1 seconds.
BMW X6 M - priced £100,015
There’s no denying that the X6 is distinctive with its blend of sleek coupe-like/brutish SUV looks. This M performance version can hit 62mph from standstill in a blistering 4.2 seconds.
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63S - priced £104,075
A GLE with a sleeker coupe silhouette, this is a spacious, sporty SUV. Plump for the AMG version and its 5.5-litre engine can power it to 62mph in 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph.
Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC - priced £106,020
Stylish and spacious, this is a larger than life sumptuous seven-seater. Go for the Mercedes-AMG flagship version and you get a 5.5-litre petrol V8 that can power this 4×4 monster to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph and a 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds.
Range Rover PHEV - priced up to £168,015
Even though hybrid version of the Range Rover starts at £86,965, the long-wheelbase version tips the scales at a mighty £168,015. Fully charged, it can travel in electric-only, zero-emissions mode for around 30 miles (51km) at speeds of up to 85mph (136kph). And it’s not at the expense of performance – it’s capable of 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 137mph.
Tesla Model X - priced £133,185
The only all-electric car in our countdown and Tesla’s first SUV, the Model X is much bigger than you might expect. Just like the Model S, it blends cutting edge design with astonishing pace and range. The Model X range starts at £75,435, but the luxurious flagship twin electric motor model is rather more and has blistering pace, taking just 2.9 seconds to reach 60mph.
Mercedes-AMG G63 - priced £143,305
The iconic G-Wagen (or G-Class) may not look dissimilar to the SUV that was launched way back in 1979, but it’s now just entered its second generation and is better than ever. Its 4.0-litre, twin- turbocharged petrol engine (also used in the Mercedes-AMG GT) produces 577bhp, powering this 2.5- tonne beast to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds.
Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB - priced £177,100
When the iconic Range Rover was launched in 1970, it was the world’s first luxury sports utility vehicle (SUV). Now in its fourth generation, it is much more luxurious and also possesses Land Rover’s legendary all-terrain ability. The SVAutobiography LWB is the flagship model and, as you can see from this image, no expensive has been spared.
Lamborghini Urus - priced from £165,000
The long-awaited Lamborghini Urus has been launched to compete in the burgeoning luxury 4×4 market. Dubbed the first Super Sport Utility Vehicle, it features a 641bhp 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo engine, giving a top speed of 189mph – making it the fastest SUV in the world. On the road, on track and off-road, it’s an exhilarating car to drive with an impeccable Italian pedigree.
Bentley Bentayga - priced £232,000
Even though Bentley’s big SUV starts at £162,700, the top-of-the-range Mulliner version is rather more expensive. Bentley’s in-house personal commissioning division has added some exclusive features to the 6.0-litre W12 petrol model, which is capable of reaching 60mph in just four seconds and a top speed of 187mph. Luxurious extras include Mulliner 22-inch Paragon wheels and Ombré Burr Walnut veneer in the cabin, while the two individual rear seats adjust in 18 different ways, and include massage and ventilation functions.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan - estimated £250,000
No confirmed priced for the new Roller, but don’t think you would get much change out of £250,000. The luxury sports utility vehicle is named after the Cullinan Diamond – the largest flawless diamond ever found and is powered by a 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 engine delivering 563bhp. Built on an all- aluminium chassis, it features four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and air suspension. SUV royalty.