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Upper-Large SUVs Under $100k

Toyota Landcruiser
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  • Comfortable, bump-flattening ride; even better off-road road now; increased towing capacity (on paper); spacious and comfortable inside

  • it needs more engine to be truly compelling, especially towing; noticeable body-roll and practically zero steering sportiness; interior and infotainment is dated

Nissan Patrol
  • Petrol V8 is smooth, refined and powerful; Ride and handling balance is excellent for a large SUV; Interior is cavernous and comfortable for family buyers

  • Exterior is big, and that might be an issue, especially in town; No diesel engine might put some buyers off; Updated infotainment system didn't make it to Australia for the update

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
  • It's the world's fastest SUV with a 306km/h top speed; Unique Alcantara upholstery is not only exquisite but holds you steady on track; Better throttle response and keener steering make this a more exciting Bentayga without any compromise to ride comfort in standard ride modes

  • You'll need a keen eye to spot the Speed over the standard W12 bar the badges; Styling will still be too discrete for some; Sports exhaust is optional as are carbon-ceramic brakes

Mercedes-Benz GLS
  • Plenty of tech and equipment packed in; Genuinely useful interior space in all three rows; Absolutely effortless performance

  • Some sub-par finishing touches; Supersized dimensions limit urban practicality; Jittery ride on standard air suspension

Lexus LX570
  • Big on space, comfort and features; All the latest safety tech; Refinement, super-smooth V8 with sufficient power to haul this unit; It can tow 3500kg; Proper third-row seats; Off-road lineage is unquestionable

  • You're not buying it for its looks; Lexus persists with its unfriendly mouse-like infotainment controller; There's no getting around its heavy fuel consumption – though there's a diesel option about to lob