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Upper-Large SUVs Under $100k

Toyota Landcruiser
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  • Thick, rich torque through the rev range, with a characterful tick-over to match; big and comfortable interior; good off-road and smooth on-road

  • Although comfy, the interior is old and stodgy; V8 diesel is expensive to run and maintain; under-specced and overpriced

Nissan Patrol
  • Tows effortlessly thanks to the engine and gearbox combination; chassis is unaffected by the weight behind; interior comfort and ride quality over long distances is exceptional

  • Infotainment doesn't match the best available from the Nissan stable; despite the efficiency of the petrol engine, no diesel might deter some; a better rear-view camera would make a big difference when towing

Upper-Large SUVs Over $100k

Range Rover
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  • Classy interior now enhanced with high-tech displays; Smooth, torquey V6 diesel; Predominantly comfortable ride, even on 21-inch wheels; Genuine off-road capability; Third-row option

  • Not as dynamic to drive as the Cayenne; Handling aids optional on SDV6; Lacking features compared with new X5; Rear cabin space not vast

Mercedes-Benz G
  • Will go almost anywhere; will carry almost anything; ADF contract means long-time spare and support; idiot proof 4WD adventuring; undeniably cool

  • Capability doesn’t come cheap; minimal towing ability; cab-chassis means cab-chassis, you need to add the body; driving up steps in town may create unwanted attention

Bentley Bentayga
  • Looks better; Smarter UI and connectivity; More cabin space

  • Still not a beauty; Less athletic than newer rivals

Mercedes-Benz GLS
  • Holy cow, where to start! Sheer volume of customisation and features is impressive; The car thinks about things to help you - hello active LED headlamps; MercedesMe app integration works well

  • Holy cow, where to start? Sheer volume of customisation and features can be daunting; h/mk51 :deeps mumixaM; With this much tech, "nothing could posibli go wrong..."

Lexus LX570
  • Adjustable suspension for easy access; The sheer level of standard equipment; All three rows are well served on the comfort front; Comprehensive off-road capabilities

  • Weak brakes require more pedal pressure; Fiddly, imprecise infotainment control can be frustrating; No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; Body can feel top-heavy when cornering