The literal high rollers of the road when money is no object.
When considering family transportation, SUVs have remained a favored option due to their versatility and ample interior space. Nevertheless, the SUV landscape extends beyond mere functionality. Certain SUVs embody the pinnacle of luxury high-end vehicles, amalgamating robust power, exceptional performance, and extravagant opulence into a singular entity. These high-riders where opulence and form usurp function as a raison d'etre come at a price, a big price. In this world, the Cadillac Escalade V and Maserati Levante don't even make the cut despite their six-figure price tags; such is the exclusivity and prestige of the automobiles on this list.
Here, we embark on a journey into the realm of upscale luxury SUVs, delving into the top ten most extravagant and expensive SUVs in the world, escaping the world of functionality, and journeying into the world of fortune to answer a simple question: What is the most expensive SUV on sale from an automaker?
We're not talking secondhand prices, nor are we dealing with the world of tuners, but rather, we're operating on base MSRPs from the OEMs, before options, which, in the case of these models, would open up an entirely different argument.
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 model epitomizes the chauffeur-driven experience. Where the standard GLS-Class offers third-row seating for seven passengers, the Maybach GLS 600 opts for a four-seater configuration omitting the third row. This creates a first-class environment for the rear-seat occupants, who can recline on massaging seats while stargazing through the panoramic sunroof. You can even opt for a refrigerator between the rear seats equipped with special silver Maybach champagne flutes.
Beneath the hood lies a robust 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine complemented by a mild hybrid system, producing an impressive 550 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque, propelling the Maybach GLS 600 from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph.
And, because you can't just enjoy your wealth subtly, it has various visual amendments to let the peasants know you're in something special.
The Mercedes Benz G-Class is a timeless masterpiece in the Mercedes lineup and a proficient off-roading machine owing to its ladder frame chassis, but the AMG G63 trades off some of that off-road prowess for a lot of noise, presence, and luxury, not to mention expense. The latest G63 boasts a formidable 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, generating 577 hp and 627 lb-ft. Despite its obvious aerodynamic inefficiency, it'll muscle its way to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and top out at 149 mph, defying expectations.
Inside the G63, opulence and sportiness coexist with leather and carbon fiber elements in equal measure, while its five-seat configuration and spacious trunk offer ample room. Seated in a commanding driving position, you're elevated both physically and metaphorically above the rest. Still, at $179,000, we're only at the tip of the iceberg in the class of expensive SUVs.
As the only SUV to hail from Porsche's hallowed GT division, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT unleashes the sports car brand's performance might in luxury coupe SUV form. It rockets from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package, a remarkable feat considering its curb weight of 5,055 lbs. This performance can be attributed to its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, churning out 650 hp and 626 lb-ft. It's also one of the fastest SUVs in existence with a top speed of 189 mph. When it's time to stop, carbon ceramic brakes ensure fade-free anchorage.
The expensive SUV status is justified when you immerse yourself in its plush cabin. Adorned with carbon fiber, leather, and Alcantara materials, it exudes a premium feel combining the best of all worlds in what could be the ultimate one-car garage.
The 2023 Land Rover Range Rover SV stands out, not just as one of the largest SUVs on this list but as the first to break the $200k barrier. In SV Long Wheelbase form, $234,000 gets you more rear legroom to stretch out in and marries opulence, grandeur, and prowess with impressive off-road capabilities. Beneath the Range Rover SV's hood resides a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 sourced from BMW's M division, delivering 606 hp and 553 lb-ft, managed by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
While its off-road capabilities are undeniable, the allure of the Range Rover SV lies in its interior. The expensive SUV brand makes no exception with this plush cabin. It exudes luxury with plush leather upholstery and wood accents, and the list of options and customization opportunities when configuring your own is staggering.
This is a luxury SUV that can rival the likes of Bentley, and it shows. Unfortunately, it also bears a similar cost.
The list of the most expensive SUVs won't be complete without the Aston Martin DBX 707, the world's most powerful luxury SUV. Power is sourced from an AMG-derived 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, tuned here to crank out 697 hp and 663 lb-ft.
Once the sticky tires hook up, 0-60 mph arrives in 3.1 seconds, and it'll hit 193 mph, tying it for the top spot on the list of fastest SUVs in the world. Matching its performance, aggressive styling includes a new front grille, diffuser, and wings, giving it the presence to match its performance.
Inside the expensive SUV, the cabin focuses on its performance bias but doesn't forget luxury, with leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber elements, and supportive sports seats. The Aston Martin DBX 707 represents a compelling fusion of opulence and performance, solidifying the brand's presence in the expensive luxury SUV market.
You have to pay to play, but even at $236,000, this is one of our favorite performance SUVs.
Lamborghini has elevated the stakes with the Lamborghini Urus Performante, making a high-performance SUV that will turn heads visually, acoustically, and with its mighty performance. This new iteration takes the original Urus, sheds weight, and ups the power, resulting in one of the fastest SUVs available today. Sporting 657 hp and 627 lb-ft from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, it hits 0 to 62 mph in a mere 3.3 seconds, boasting an impressive top speed of 190 mph. Carbon ceramic brakes help it decelerate almost as fast. Its performance credentials were backed up when it set a new production SUV record up Pikes Peak of 10:32.064.
Additionally, the Urus Performante offers a Rally driving mode to have fun during high-speed off-road excursions.
The Faraday FF91 2.0 Futurist Alliance is the first entry on this list to break the $300,000 mark, despite probably being the least famous model present. While it may not be the most expensive SUV, it is the most powerful here, thanks to its electric trimotor all-wheel drivetrain. Yip, this is the only electric SUV on this list, too. These motors generate 1,050 hp and 1,458 lb-ft, enabling the Faraday FF91 to catapult from 0 to 60 in 2.3 seconds. The top speed claim of 155 mph doesn't make it the fastest on the list, but it is how it gets there that will leave an indelible mark on your psyche. Equipped with a 142kWh battery, the FF91 boasts a driving range of 381 miles.
Its interior is futuristic, featuring cutting-edge technology like 11 displays with a cumulative size of over 100 inches. A relatively unknown quantity in the greater scheme of things, Faraday Future claims the FF91 is a genuine rival to Rolls-Royce and even Ferrari.
Whereas once, the Bentley Bentayga Speed was what one might have considered the pinnacle of the Bentayga lineup, the performance derivative was usurped earlier this year at Monterey Car Week when the British luxury brand revealed the EWB Mulliner.
The Bentley Bentayga EWB Mulliner is a manifestation of Bentley's commitment to crafting luxury cars, Mulliner being Bentley's bespoke department. The acronym "EWB" signifies "Extended Wheelbase," hinting at the extra space and opulence of the rear, supple leather upholstery, and airline specification seating that mimics what you might encounter in a first-class long-haul flight to your holiday home in the south of France.
Beneath the elegant exterior, the Bentayga is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 - the same one found in the Urus and Cayenne on this list. With 542 hp and 568 lb-ft, 0-60 arrives in 4.5 seconds. But the focus here is on outright luxury, with bespoke Mulliner styling elements giving this expensive SUV a classy air.
The Ferrari Purosangue (Italian for 'purebred') is a contentious model in its own right. How could Ferrari build an SUV? Well, if you believe the brand, it hasn't, as Ferrari terms this an FUV, or Ferrari Utility Vehicle. Potayto, potahto, we say.
Whatever you call it, this is the first four-door, fout-seat Ferrari production car, sporting suicide rear doors, and incredible suspension engineering. The splendor doesn't end there, and justifying its $400k price tag, the Purosangue sports a glorious 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12, delivering 715 hp and 528 lb-ft.
These extraordinary specifications translate into astonishing performance, propelling the Purosangue from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 3.3 seconds and hitting a top speed of 193 mph.
Despite its immense price, Ferrari is having no trouble selling just about every Purosangue it will build, with orders already filled up for the next two years and demand so high that order books have been re-opened.
Still, not even the Ferrari of SUVs tops this list...
The most expensive SUV currently on sale is the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan, standing unchallenged at the pinnacle of luxury and opulence in the SUV realm. This automotive masterpiece showcases the finest artistry in automotive craftsmanship.
Under the hood resides a 6.75-liter turbocharged V12 engine delivering 592 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, catapulting the Cullinan from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. But the Black Badge's distinction goes beyond power.
From its handcrafted interior to its elegant exterior, it embodies perfection. When buying a Black Badge, one very seldom opts for the standard equipment, and delving into the extensive options list can quickly see the price rocket beyond half a million dollars. From its blacked-out styling and custom wheels to it hand-painted coach-line detailing, the Black Badge Cullinan makes a visual statement equal to its massive price tag.
In conclusion, these top-tier SUVs have reshaped our perception of what a family car can be. They challenge conventions, blur the lines between sports cars and utility vehicles, and elevate the driving experience to new heights. The ten SUVs showcased here are more than just modes of transportation; they are symbols of automotive excellence and a testament to the relentless pursuit of perfection in the world of luxury automobiles. Whether you're a driver seeking exhilarating performance or a passenger in search of the utmost in comfort, these vehicles cater to your desires, each representing an awe-inspiring blend of power and opulence.