Best sports SUVs 2019

If you want thrills as well as practicality and comfort, these are the SUVs you should have on your shortlist. Plus, we name the ones to avoid...

Best sports SUVs
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What Car? team
1 Nov 2019 09:40

Who says an SUV can't plaster a big smile on your face? While most of these high-riding cars put practicality and comfort a long way before driving fun, a growing number of sports SUVs add big performance to the mix.

This class contains both large and small models, but what they all have in common is a powerful engine. And although thrills and agile handling are top of the agenda, the best still provide decent ride comfort and a spacious interior.

Here, we count down the top 10 sports SUVs you can currently buy – and reveal the models that are best to steer clear of. Then if any of them take your fancy, be sure to click the relevant link to see how much you could save by using our New Car Buying service.

2018 Lamborghini Urus review – price, specs and release date

A list like this just wouldn't be complete without the Lamborghini Urus. Not only does it look like it comes from the 22nd century, but it also has the power to match, in the form of a thumping 4.0-litre V8 engine developing a meaty 641bhp. The result is a car that can reach 62mph in just 3.6sec – faster even than the Porsche 911 sports car.

New Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 vs Porsche Macan

This is the most potent version of the GLC you can buy. Like the Urus, it has a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine resting under its bonnet, and with 469bhp in standard form and 503bhp if you go for the S version, it's very nearly as fast. This GLC is ridiculously fast, then, but it's also comfortable enough for everyday use.

Read our full Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 review >>

8. Audi SQ5

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2019 Audi SQ5 front - grey

Unlike the other cars in this top 10, the SQ5 is a diesel. However, it still ticks all the important boxes, because its engine provides quick but effortless performance along with sensible fuel economy, and sounds pretty tasty, too. The handling is beautifully judged —if not quite as entertaining as that of the Porsche Macan — while still giving you a comfortable ride. And it’s a practical large SUV, so makes a great family car.

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