Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Large Luxury SUV
The Large Luxury SUV segment didn’t exist two decades ago, but BMW changed the landscape with the launch of its X5 that forced every premium carmaker to re-evaluate their product line up.
Now, luxury SUVs of all sizes and from all the major brands, have become the go-to for those looking for a premium experience in a high-riding package. That shift in taste has come at the expense of the once-dominant large luxury sedan segment, their high-riding counterparts now the ‘go-to’ for buyers looking for a premium experience in a big vehicle.
This year’s contenders include the BMW X5 which continues to set the pace, its blend of luxury and brand cache seeing it remain at the top of buyers’ consideration list year after year. And Korean newcomer Genesis – the luxury arm of Hyundai – has entered the fray with its GV80, an undoubtedly premium offering brimming with style and luxury.
But, the surprise package came from Volkswagen, with its all-new Touareg redefining the German brand and placing it firmly in the European luxury set.
And the Winner is...
Volkswagen has served notice with the all-new Touareg that it can do luxury and refinement with the best of them.
There was one standout in this hotly contested segment, its combination of interior comfort, powerful drivetrain and relatively affordable pricing impressing the DCOTY judges unanimously.
BMW’s X5 again epitomises the Bavarian brand, with levels of plushness inside matched by willing and engaging drivetrain options, the judges impressed by the M50i’s unashamedly thunderous performance
And the Genesis GV80 also made an impact on DCOTY judges, its refinement, both in the road and in the slightly ostentatious and blingy cabin, noteworthy.
But, DCOTY judges, one and all, praised the Volkswagen Touareg, not only for its powerful drivetrain options, but its classy and well-executed premium cabin.
Volkswagen might not have been spoken of in the same luxury car breath as some of its premium rivals, but the Touareg has forced a seismic rethink. Volkswagen’s large family hauler should have some German rivals looking over their shoulders.
Read the full comparison at Drive.com.au