An SUV doesn’t have to be a boring vehicle reserved exclusively for trips to and from soccer practice. And thanks to automakers like Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, they aren’t.
We can’t blame you for wanting to go fast even if an SUV is what you need, so here’s AutoGuide‘s Top 10 Fastest SUVs based on their 0-60 acceleration times.
Starting off the list is this fast brick, the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. With its unique rugged styling, some would argue it’s styling is out-of-date. Regardless, it’s still one of the fastest SUVs in today’s marketplace accelerating to 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.3 seconds.
Under the hood is a 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo engine from AMG, sporting 536 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. It all comes at a price though, with the G63 AMG starting from $136,625 including destination. Even more discouraging is the fact that the G63 AMG has the worst fuel efficiency out of all the vehicles on the list, getting 12 mpg in the city and 14 mpg on the highway. In other words, you can get faster for less, while saving more gas.
It’s worth mentioning that the Porsche Cayenne GTS barely missed the list with a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Powered by a 4.8-liter V8 with 420 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, the Cayenne GTS is priced from $84,295 while providing 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
There’s a lot to like about the all new Range Rover, especially considering the stylish SUV can be had with a 5.0-liter V8 supercharged powerplant. Offering 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque, the Range Rover Supercharged accelerates to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and will cost you $100,995 to partake in the fun. Its city fuel economy is a bit on the low side at 13 mpg, but it does get an EPA-estimated 19 mpg on the highway.
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The Audi SQ5 is the German automaker’s answer to a high-performance SUV without compromise. One of the more fuel-efficient SUVs on the list (and also the smallest), the SQ5 gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway rating. It’s also the cheapest car on our list, starting from $52,795 while offering 354 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque from its 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine. While those specifications don’t scream off the page – it is also the least powerful SUV on the list – the SQ5 manages to accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.1 seconds.
Like the Land Rover brand but want something sportier? The Range Rover Sport can also be had with the same supercharged engine as the standard Range Rover, offering 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque in a more stylish and affordable package. That means for $79,100 you get to have a faster SUV, hitting 60 mph in 5.0 seconds flat, while getting better fuel economy at 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway.
SEE ALSO: 2014 Range Rover Sport Review
While the 2014 BMW X5 M hasn’t been introduced (and may have been axed entirely, enthusiasts can still opt for the X5 xDrive50i which features a 4.4-liter V8 turbocharged engine providing 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque with a $69,125 price tag. The BMW X5 xDrive50i gets 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, but is able to accelerate 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds.
The sole American vehicle on this list is the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, packing plenty of domestic muscle with its 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine with 470 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Available at a respectable $64,990, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 gets 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway while accelerating to 60 mph from 0 in just 4.8 seconds.
SEE ALSO: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Review
The second Mercedes-Benz vehicle on the list is the ML63 AMG which is also powered by a 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo engine, but provides 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque – less than the same engine in the G63 AMG. But the ML63 is a lot more aerodynamic and lighter than the G63, allowing it to accelerate to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. And considering it’s a popular and more convention SUV, it’s no surprise to see the high-end model provide 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. The ML63 AMG starts from $98,175.
BMW calls it a “Sports Activity Vehicle,” but we all know is it’s really an SUV with a cramped back seat. The X6 M packs a punch with its 4.4-liter V8 turbocharged engine with 555 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, all while delivering the same fuel efficiency as the ML63 AMG at 13 mpg city, 17 mpg highway. Priced from $94,825 it’s actually cheaper than the ML63 AMG and is faster too, doing the 0-60 sprint in just 4.5 seconds. Just don’t plan on bringing any 2nd row passengers.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is second on the list, sporting a powerful 4.8-liter V8 turbocharged engine with 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Starting from $111,395, the Cayenne Turbo gets an impressive 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, all while hitting 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
SEE ALSO: 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Review
Needless to say, the only vehicle that is faster than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo… is well, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. With more power under the hood at 550 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, the Cayenne Turbo S does the 60-mph sprint in an insane 4.3 seconds but it does come at a high price. It’s the most expensive vehicle on the list with a starting MSRP of $146,995 but does get a respectable 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Either way, if you’re looking to go really fast, in style and luxury, the Cayenne Turbo S reigns supreme in the SUV class.