There are cheaper ways to have a fast SUV coupe.
The SUV coupe is not our favorite segment but with the recent introduction of the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, automakers feel differently. BMW started the segment back in 2008 with the X6 and it has since ballooned with new additions from Mercedes and Porsche with plenty of mainstream automakers also rumored to want in on the action. These vehicles are not cheap. In fact, most cost more than the SUVs on which they are based.
The Cayenne Coupe, for example, starts at a whopping $75,300 for the 335-horsepower V6 model while the 541-hp Turbo model costs $130,100. For reference, the non-coupe Cayenne costs $65,700 for the base model and $118,100 for the Turbo. So if you want a fast and luxurious SUV coupe but don't want to break the bank, here are seven cheaper alternatives.
Our first pick isn't an SUV Coupe, but perhaps that isn't a bad thing. So long as you are comfortable not having the newest Porsche model on the market, you can pick up the previous generation Cayenne Turbo with low mileage for less than $70,000. Instead of a 335-hp V6 (as you'll get in the new Cayenne Coupe), the Cayenne Turbo includes a 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 520 hp. Not only will the Turbo be faster than the Coupe at a lower price, it will also have more storage space.
If you're going to buy an SUV coupe, why not buy the one that started the entire segment? The BMW X6 is not as pretty as the new Cayenne Coupe but you can now buy the hardcore M version for less than the price of the new Porsche. We found used X6 M examples from 2015 to 2017 for well under $70,000 with low mileage. The X6 M is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 567 hp, which is more than the brand-new Cayenne Coupe Turbo. A new X6 M with over 600 hp is on the way but the old model is no slouch - now's the time to buy one used.
We will not lie. The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe is not the prettiest SUV on this list. In fact, we think it is a hulking monstrosity with way too long of a name. But this doesn't mean you shouldn't look at one. This behemoth is powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 dishing out 577 hp (the most on this list). With so much power on tap, the GLE 63 can hit 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and can now be purchased used for under $75,000.
The Range Rover Sport may not be an SUV coupe, but it is a smaller version of the full-size Range Rover and boasts a hardcore SVR version. You can find a Range Rover Sport SVR for less than $70,000 powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 550 hp. It may not be the most powerful SUV on this list but it is one of the best-sounding.
Porsche is an exotic name in the car industry but it lacks the Italian flare of Maserati. While it isn't technically an SUV coupe, the Levante does look great and you can now buy a used Levante S for less than $70,000. The Levante S uses a tuned version of the company's 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 putting out 424 hp and an exhaust note that will fool you into thinking you're behind the wheel of a Ferrari.
The Porsche Cayenne Coupe is based on the Volkswagen Group's MLB Evo platform, which also underpins the Audi Q8. We think the Q8 is even better looking than the Cayenne Coupe and with a starting price $67,400, it is about $8,000 less than the Porsche for an SUV with the exact same engine.
The Infiniti FX50 (also known as the QX70) is our budget pick. Its 390-hp 5.0-liter V8 produces more power than the twin-turbo V6 in the Cayenne Coupe and you can now pick one up for less than $35,000. The FX50 came at a time when the SUV coupe idea was just starting but along with the X6, it was one of the first to pair excellent practicality with coupe-like styling.