Top 5 Luxury SUVs for 2018
Whether you are cruising along the interstate or on off-road adventure, the newest luxury SUVs provide an extreme level of passenger comfort. Here are the top five luxury SUVs of 2018.
2018 Audi Q7
Over the years, Audi has gained a reputation for developing vehicles that are engaging to drive. The 2018 Audi Q7 is no exception. It is the perfect three-row crossover for the drivers who demand top-notch performance and luxury. Even with a starting MSRP of $50,875, the new Q7 proves to be a legitimate value.
Audi gives you two well-designed engines to choose from. The turbocharged four-cylinder develops 252 horsepower while returning an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, the supercharged V6 engine promises to deliver even more thrills. It produces a muscular 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Not only is the V6-powered model quick, but it can also tow up to 7,700 pounds. If you’re looking for the smoothest ride possible, you can upgrade for the adaptive air suspension.
On the inside, the new Q7 welcomes you to an extravagant-looking cabin. From the seats to the dashboard, every aspect of the interior has a high-quality feel. While the Q7 promises outstanding comfort, tall people will find the third-row seat to be a tight fit. In terms of technology, the Q7 comes standard with niceties such as a three-zone climate control system and a 10-speaker sound system. You will also receive Audi’s highly acclaimed Pre Sense safety system, which keeps an eye out for other vehicles and pedestrians. Available as an option, Audi’s new Virtual Cockpit is among the most stunning digital gauge clusters on the market.
2018 Jaguar F-Pace
Although the Jaguar F-Pace is a luxurious SUV, it delivers plenty of driving excitement. The F-Pace is also tough enough to handle an off-road adventure. Featuring a more potent base engine and an improved infotainment system, the 2018 model is now even more rewarding to drive. Prices start at a competitive $43,000.
Expect the F-Pace to deliver ample performance. Developing a total of 247 horsepower, the turbocharged four-cylinder engine feels strong enough for most drivers. Fuel economy is also impressive. Drivers can anticipate getting a solid 22 mpg in town and 27 mpg on the highway. With a combined fuel economy rating of nearly 30 mpg, the optional diesel engine is especially efficient. Of course, some drivers won’t be able to resist the supercharged V6 engine’s extra punch. Special tuning enables the S model to develop a spectacular 380 horsepower.
The F-Pace’s cabin is a fun place to be. It provides a high level of comfort while surrounding you with an extensive list of luxurious features. Everyone will be amazed by the sheer size of the standard panoramic sunroof. While several options are offered, the Wi-Fi hotspot is a feature your entire family should love. When traveling in a busy area, the SUV’s new Forward Traffic Detection system will come in handy. Questionable long-term reliability seems to be this crossover’s only major drawback.
2018 Volvo XC90
Volvo has always been known for being a leader in passenger safety. You can rank the 2018 Volvo XC90 among the most secure vehicles on the road. Blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control now come standard. However, an elegant interior design and innovative engineering also help the XC90 to stand out from the crowd. Expect to pay around $47,900 for the entry-level trim, which is a strong value.
Although a traditional V6 engine is not available, Volvo’s available four-cylinder engines deliver the necessary performance without sacrificing any fuel efficiency. While the base engine develops 250 horsepower, the combination of a turbocharger and a supercharger enables the innovative Drive-E engine to produce a potent 316 horsepower. In terms of fuel economy, the base XC90 returns 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the freeway. Although the CX90’s road handling is impressive, it is not sportiest option in the class.
The XC90’s interior has a very sophisticated look. While the standard version is perfect for a family of five, a third-row seat can be added as an option. Some of the available niceties include massaging seats, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a thunderous Bowers & Wilkins audio system.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
While this luxury crossover is new on the scene, it has already received a lot of positive feedback. Its racy performance is bound to trigger an instant adrenaline rush. There are also plenty of drivers who will appreciate the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s Italian styling and spectacular creature comforts. Audiophiles will especially enjoy the 900-watt sound system. A lack of backseat space is this SUV’s primary drawback.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a fun-to-drive character that very few rivals can match. Its beastly engine produces a gut-wrenching 505 horsepower. On the road, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has the reflexes of a genuine sports car. If you decide to take a long journey, adaptive cruise control will help you to relax. Expect to pay around $70,000 for the top-of-the-line trim. Meanwhile, the base model demands a more reasonable $41,995.
2018 Lexus RX
Bulletproof reliability and superior ride quality make the Lexus RX a top-rated luxury SUV. Some drivers will also be intrigued by the RX’s polarizing appearance. Most importantly, Lexus gives you access to a plethora of impressive collision-avoidance technologies.
Powering the Lexus RX is a familiar V6 engine, which pushes out a solid 295 horsepower. A quick-shifting, eight-speed transmission aids the RX’s smooth power delivery. With a highway fuel economy rating of 27 mpg, the RX proves to be a great choice for taking long road trips. An optional F-Sport performance package tightens up the crossover’s handling.
Supportive seats and outstanding legroom make the RX a perfect match for today’s families. While several worthy features come standard, you can opt for niceties such as an amplified Mark Levinson sound system and a wide-screen entertainment system. Expect to pay roughly $42,200 for the well-equipped base model.