Best new SUVs for 2017 (and 2018)
SUVs. Showy, Ugly and Vulgar they may be to some but to many, sports utility vehicles are the only car worth waving a bank card in front of. Beloved for their ride height, flexibility and barely concealed aggression, it’s the area of the car market everyone wants a piece of, and continues to show little sign of slowing down. So much so that it can seem as if there’s a new one out every month and new niches emerging every year. We’ve rounded up the class of 2017.
BEST FOR… The Purist
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
A rejuvenated Alfa is hoping its first SUV (with two more possibly on their way) will pull in floating buyers on its looks and handling — which, let’s be honest, with SUVs is a harder combination to find together than Noel and Liam.
BEST FOR… Cruiser
The tank-like Q7 is a classy performer in almost all areas (save reverse parking in town) but is never more at home than eating up motorway miles with no fuss, and where its loungey cabin interior is a very nice place to hang out.
BEST FOR… The Beast
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63
If the ‘hot’ SUV is an emerging class of its own, this brand new model could be better described as scalding. If 503bhp and acceleration to 100kph in just under four seconds wasn’t aggressive enough, it has a grille that could part traffic on its own.
BEST FOR… The Virtuoso
The Italian marque has joined the late stampede to the luxury SUV party where Porsche has been living it up for so long on its own. Of course, Bentley’s Bentayga is now there, too, with Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini on the guest list. No surprise that the Levante looks great, more surprising that you can get one for just over Dhs236k.
BEST FOR… The Rock
In the unlikely event that footballer N’Golo Kanté was morphed into SUV form, this is the model he’d be. Solid, unflappable and unexpectedly refined. If it’s under-the-radar reliability and spaciousness you want, then this is your machine.
BEST FOR… The Looker
Range Rover Velar
The fourth model in Land Rover’s Range Rover line fills the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. Described by LR design boss Gerry McGovern as the “most car-like” of the range, it will still come with the trademark off-road powers if you ever find yourself on the wrong side of a cliff.