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The biggest and the best SUVs

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Luxury SUVs are having a moment. Here's how best to spend £30,000 plus on one...

SUVs are now the best-selling market sector in Europe, thanks in no small part to luxury models from premium brands. Not only have Jaguar, Bentley and Maserati entered the SUV market for the first time, but new SUVs are also in development at Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Lotus. Of course none of these come cheap, but if you've got at least £30,000 to spend you'll get something really big and really plush.

SUVs with a touch of class

Volvo XC90

After years hovering on the fringes, Volvo has really got the hang of this premium thing. Its XC90 SUV has always been highly acclaimed but the second generation version is even more sophisticated, clever and comfortable. It's a superb drive, without sacrificing fuel economy. It is also well equipped even at entry level and of course is full of the most advanced safety equipment. Prices start at £46,850.

Audi Q5

Audi has a history of producing high class off-roaders, which are as confident and competent in the mud as they are cruising through Kensington and Chelsea. The Q5 is very user friendly and comes with an excellent choice of engines. The 2.0 TDI Quattro returns 50mpg. Prices start at £32,580.

Jaguar F-Pace

One of the most highly anticipated new releases in years, Jaguar's F-Pace is super stylish, practical and drives exactly as a Jaguar should, with a smooth, velvety purr. The F-Pace is also surprisingly keenly priced, with entry level models starting at £34,170.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover has retired the Freelander and has introduced the brilliant Discovery Sport as its junior model. It's good looking, more economical than you're used to from a Land Rover and behaves as well on the tarmac as it does off road. Clever design means that despite the compact, neat exterior, the Discovery Sport can seat seven in comfort. Prices start at £31,095.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The G-Class is an elder statesman of the premium SUV sector. It's expensive but amazingly agile, powerful and distinctive looking. It can also reach 130mph in G63 AMG format! Prices start at £87,815.

Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover's fastest selling model of all time is the fashionable choice, particularly in new, convertible format. It's definitely designed to impress in an urban environment but is quite capable of handling a bit of the rough stuff too. Prices start at £30,600.

Bentley Bentayga

When Bentley decided to enter SUV territory, it went full throttle, promising the most luxurious, powerful, fastest and most exclusive SUV available. Even with a starting price of £165,200 it's a lot of car for the money but its looks won't appeal to everyone - at first anyway. It grows on you though...

Maserati Levante

The Levante is another example of a luxury sports car maker trying something new and different. It's a sleek and athletic looking machine with plenty of kit, superb handling and a huge amount of presence on the road. Prices are yet to be confirmed but expect upwards of £54,000.


An X5 dressed up as a sporty coupe, the bold looking X6 divides opinion. With that sloping roofline it's less spacious and practical than your traditional SUV but is a great drive and a real head turner. Prices start at £51,815.

Porsche Cayenne

The arrival of an SUV from the sports car manufacturer raised at few eyebrows at first, but the Cayenne proved itself so capable that it has won over its doubters. It's smooth, speedy and super sharp on-road, and tougher than it looks off-road. Prices start at £52,689.

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