Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Performance SUV
If many car enthusiasts may be dismayed by today’s proliferation of high-riding sports utility vehicles, they should be able to take some comfort at least from the rise in SUV performance variants.
While the laws of physics dictate heavy and tall sporty SUVs will never imitate a true sports car, several manufacturers have proven that driving enjoyment can indeed be derived from this vehicle type.
BMW was one of the first with its 2009 X5 M – and the third-generation version is among our finalists here.
Audi, too, has been busy building S and RS iterations of its Q-range of SUVs, and here we have its biggest and baddest yet – the RSQ8.
Porsche’s finances have never looked healthier ever since it introduced the Cayenne in 2002, yet, if the German sports car maker’s move into SUVs surprised some, it’s perhaps more unexpected that the brand took until 2014 to introduce the smaller Macan.
A 2020 facelift reintroduced its most driver-focused variant, the GTS. It’s priced just below $150,000 where the RSQ8 and X5 M are about $210,000 but have more firepower, though judges are looking for the best overall performance package.
And the Winner is...
The RSQ8 is a feat of engineering, delivery blistering performance and epic luxury.
All three of these performance SUVs tick the boxes for speed and handling relative to their category, though the Audi RSQ8 is the hardest to find fault with.
With its sporty and techy design, spacious interior, comfortable ride, thrilling acceleration and surprising dynamics, Audi’s biggest RS model is very much the complete large performance SUV.
Read the full comparison at Drive.com.au