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posted on June 19th, 2019

The latest and greatest in sport utility

It used to be that sport utility vehicles (SUVs) were reserved for workaday labors that trucks handled — hauling hunting gear or navigating backcountry trails. Then the SUV burst into the mainstream and became the go-to people mover, growing in size, comfort, and appeal. Now, there’s an SUV in every shape for every purpose — the proliferation of compact SUVs, crossovers, and performance SUVs is well-documented and only growing stronger.

The biggest and finest vehicles on the road today are luxury SUVs — the world’s most exclusive automakers have all recently joined the SUV craze and begun producing the preferred status symbols of places like Dubai and Beverly Hills. In the last few years, there’s been an influx of ultra-luxury and super SUVs into an SUV market already bursting with variety. So we rounded up a bunch of the best new and new-ish luxury SUVs available on Turo to help you sort out what’s really cooking in the world of sport utility.

Bentley Bentayga

Adam’s 2017 Bentley Bentayga (Lomita, CA)

Bentley’s first-ever SUV is all the car anyone could ever want. It’s a proper Bentley, so the interior is stuffed full of rich leathers, real wood, and all the newest gadgets and comforts you never knew you needed. This one has Bentley’s signature W12 engine, which is twin-turbocharged to the tune of 600 horsepower. It can accelerate to 60 in just 3.5 seconds, which is beyond impressive when you consider its heft, which is… considerable. All of this comes with an equally impressive price tag, but what did you expect?

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

P7 Exotics’s 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan (Los Angeles, CA)

For years and years, Rolls-Royce swore they’d never cave in to the SUV trend other ultra-luxury brands were cashing in on. Introducing the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: a wildly opulent palace of a vehicle named after the largest diamond ever found. It has a twin-turbo V-12 engine, rear-hinged doors, automatically-adjusting air suspension, lambs wool carpeting… the list goes on and on. For the right money, Rolls will customize nearly every inch of this extravagant behemoth, helping the Cullinan’s occupants stay sealed away from the outside world while ensconced in the very best materials on Earth.

Range Rover Autobiography LWB

Darren’s 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography (London, UK)

The Range Rover Autobiography Long Wheelbase is all the suave exclusivity you expect from Range Rover, turned up to eleven. The Autobiography edition comes with a heap of stylish touches, including exclusive 21-inch polished wheels. This 2019 Autobiography Long Wheelbase extends the length of the body to provide the rear executive seats with an extra 7 inches of legroom. Interior features include 10 inch monitors for each seat and a Meridian audio system with 29 individual speakers. Twenty-nine!

Lamborghini Urus

Beverly Hills Luxury Car Rental’s 2019 Lamborghini Urus (Beverly Hills, CA)

While not technically the first sport utility vehicle made by Lamborghini, this is their first mass-produced SUV model. The Urus’s aggressive, angular styling is unmistakably Lamborghini, though underneath it shares a skeleton with the Audi Q7. Its 4.0L twin-turbo V8 makes 641 horsepower, which is good for a zero to 60 time of 3.6 seconds and a claimed top speed of 190 mph, making the Lamborghini Urus the fastest SUV in the world.

Audi Q7

Philip’s 2018 Audi Q7 (Los Angeles, CA)

Audi’s award-winning mid-size SUV has a balance of performance, comfort, and technology that’s hard to beat. It has the high-quality interior you expect from Audi, chalk full of the latest infotainment toys. The Q7 is an athlete on twisty roads and a buttery chauffeur when you need it. With three rows of seats, it’s a stylish way to move around the family at a relative bargain.

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

Daryl’s 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class (Croydon, UK)

The Geländewagen is an institution in the SUV world. The venerable luxo-box first was used as a military vehicle until being offered for civilian use in 1979. Since then, its styling hasn’t changed much, but its level of luxury has elevated significantly. The all-new generation of the G-Class launched in 2018, keeping the same look and feel but receiving upgrades in every department. Mercedes makes a number of impressive SUVs and crossovers (GLE, GLS, GLC), but the G-Wagen is the iconic truck after which all of today’s expensive mall-crawling SUVs are modeled. This G63 AMG comes with a twin-turbo V8 that hauls its plentiful bulk at a ridiculous pace.

Tesla Model X P100D

Justin’s 2018 Tesla Model X P100D (Burke, VA)

The Tesla Model X is the quickest — and greenest — SUV on the market. This 2018 P100D with Ludicrous+ Mode (a $15,000 option) will take you to 60 from standstill in 2.8 seconds, meaning this EV will smoke almost every supercar on the road. Tesla’s simple and sleek interior is nowhere near as posh as other luxury SUVs, but the Model X is incredibly capable, uses no gas at all, and has those gimmicky-but-fantastic Falcon Wing doors. Can’t forget those doors.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Pavel’s 2017 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (Irvine, CA)

Many a Porshce purist cried out when Porsche introduced the Cayenne in 2003. But it very quickly proved to be the performance option among SUVs, with incredible power and handling befitting the Porsche crest. Now in its third generation, the Cayenne pulls heavily from Porsche’s sports car pedigree and comes with a bevy of trims levels and performance variants, each more talented than the next. With 570 powers of horse, the Turbo S is top dog from the outgoing generation.

Volvo XC90

Bruno’s 2018 Volvo XC90 (North Miami Beach, FL)

The Volvo XC90 is exquisitely designed — elegant, handsome, and functional. The XC90 was Motor Trend’s 2016 SUV of the Year, because it ticks every box there is for a luxury family SUV. It’s powerful and agile for its size, exceptionally comfortable, and everything in the interior is perfectly placed and finished in lovely materials. The Swedes just know how to make a good car.

Maserati Levante Nerissimo Edition

Radoslaw’s 2018 Maserati Levante (Lodi, NJ)

Maserati calls the Levante “the Maserati of SUVs.” Again, this model is the first SUV for its marque, and while it’s not the quickest or most lavish vehicle in its segment, the Levante has a focus on style and emotion that sets it apart from its rivals. This is a Levante Nerissimo Edition, which is limited to 450 units and leans into Maserati’s style emphasis with black paint, black chrome trim, black interior, black badging, and black exhaust tips — Nerissimo means “very black” in Italian. And black, of course, is the color of luxury.

Porsche Macan Turbo

Max’s 2016 Porsche Macan Turbo (Miami, FL)

The Cayenne worked out so well that Porsche decided to make a smaller version of it. And the Macan has proven equally as successful. It’s an outstanding car in every way, providing potent Porsche performance in a package that’s a bit higher off the ground than Stuttgart’s traditional offerings. There’s really no other way to say it — the Macan Turbo is crazy fast and incredibly sharp. Perhaps the only downside is the asking price.

BMW X5

Ali’s 2019 BMW X5 (Los Angeles, CA)

The BMW X5 is all-new for 2019, and, being a BMW, includes all the fanciest driver assists, connectivity gizmos, and twenty-first century high-technology. It’s got a square jaw, exceptional handling, and can even be had with a third row of seats. This example has the M performance package and deeply cozy-looking seats. Seriously, go check out this listing and look at those seats!

Audi Q8

Wilmer’s 2019 Audi Q8 (Alexandria, VA)

Audi’s new Q8 is essentially a two-row version of the Q7, which is no bad thing. Its more aggressive face, bulging wheel arches, and sloping roofline give the Q8 a distinct coupe-crossover vibe that may or may not be your taste. But it comes with all screens, buttons, and features, and in a far more interesting package than most of its competitors.

Steven is an avid car guy and content specialist at Turo. Between Golden State Warriors games he can be found getting lost somewhere in California.