This post was updated for 2019.
Crossovers and SUVs are hugely popular these days.
It’s why automakers keep introducing more and more of them every year, with some companies vacating the traditional car market altogether.
Versatility is a major reason why these machines are selling so well in America, and really, around the world. Utility vehicles typically have far more cargo space than comparably sized sedans. But another benefit is their elevated seating positions, which provide drivers with a bird’s eye view of their surroundings. And if that’s not enough, there’s a huge span of different models available. Truly, there’s something for every driver’s budget and taste, from the diminutive Honda HR-V to Chevrolet’s colossal Suburban.
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Of course, there’s also a selection of ultra-pricey SUVs tailor-made for the world’s moneyed elite. They often provide outrageous performance, style, and luxury in a package that makes us common folk weep. Here’s a list of the 10 most expensive SUVs available today.
BMW Alpina XB7, $141,300
Aplina has a long history of making BMW cars even faster, and now the tuning arm has moved on to modifying the German automaker’s SUV offerings. By pumping up the 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine to 612 hp, this brute can rip from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds flat. Of course, the interior is fitted in only the finest of materials, as should be expected for a SUV costing over $140,000.
Mercedes-AMG G 63, $157,500
Back to Mercedes-Benz for a moment, because this fabled luxury brand offers an even more expensive SUV than the GLS 63. The AMG-ified G 63 is an absolute beast both on road and off. Blessed with 577 horsepower there’s not much it can’t handle, from outrunning sports cars on the drag strip to climbing the tallest of mountains, this latest Geländewagen is one of the most capable vehicles around. Priced at right about $157,500, it better be!
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Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600, $161,550
Looking for something a little more exclusive and audaciously expensive? Well, seek no further because the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600. This three-row behemoth is graced with 550 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of twist that will get passengers from 0 to 60 miles in just 4.8 seconds. This rig stickers for more than 161 grand; it’s the cost of entry into the world of Maybach.
Land Rover Range Rover First Edition, $163,500
What country builds the most-expensive SUVs? Well, based on four of our top-seven finishers here the answer would unquestionably be Great Britain. The Land Rover Range Rover Launch Edition is all new this year and features a turbocharged V8 delivering up to 523 horsepower. Priced at $163,500, it is not a expensive as some of the limited edition Range Rovers from years past. But those ultra-exclusive models are sure to still arrive in the near future.
Maserati Levante Trofeo, $175,200
Next up, an Italian thoroughbred. The Maserati Levante Trofeo starts at around 175 grand. What does that get you? Well, how about a 590-horsepower Ferrari-built V8 and top speed of 187 miles an hour! All-wheel drive is, of course, standard for enhanced traction in all conditions.
Aston Martin DBX, $179,986
Late to the ultra-luxury SUV party, the Aston Martin DBX is a formidable entry. Swatched in all the interior and exterior decadence expected from an Aston Martin badge, this SUV may not be the quickest to accelrate to 60 mph, but it can still achieve a top speed of 181 mph.
That’s pretty exclusive company to be in. And speaking of exclusive, with a base price of almost $180,000, chances are the DBX will be a rarity to see on the road.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, $182,150
Next up, another German road-rocket, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. This five-seat SUV shows its taillights to a lot of the competition, blitzing to 60 in 3.1 seconds. Top speed is 186 miles an hour. Not bad for a vehicle with just 631 horses. Base price for the Cayenne Turbo GT is $182,150, though in typical Porsche fashion you can load it up with tens of thousands of dollars in superfluous add-ons like personalized door-sill guards and body-color key fobs.
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Lamborghini Urus, $230,000
The Urus isn’t Lamborghini’s first SUV, but it’s unquestionably the Italian brand’s best. With a fire-breathing 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 under its hood, this family-friendly vehicle is endowed with 641 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Those kibbles and bits rocket the Urus to 60 miles an hour in less than 3.6 seconds. As for top speed, this thoroughbred maxes out at 190 miles an hour. With style, drama and surprising function, what’s not to love about this thing? Well, perhaps the base price, which is around 230 grand.
Bentley Bentayga Speed, $245,000?
The Bentayga is Bentley’s first-ever SUV. Imposing and powerful, it offers unparalleled performance and luxury. The recently announced Speed model is slated to cost $245,000. With a W12 engine cranking out 626 horsepower, this British brute can accelerate to 60 miles an hour in just 3.8 seconds!
Rolls-Royce Cullinan, $330,000
Finally, we come to what should be the most-expensive utility vehicle available today, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Lest you think this illustrious brand was immune to the SUV craze, the folks in Goodwood have seen fit to introduce an elevated wagon of their own. A gigantic-yet-liquid-smooth 6.7-liter V12 provides the motivation here, a library-silent 563 horsepower. That should be enough to deliver 60 miles an hour on a silver platter in just 4.8 seconds, not bad for a vehicle with the aerodynamics and mass of an ocean liner. Expect the Cullinan to kick off at right a princely $330,000.
November 2019: updated text for accuracy
November 8th, 2021: Updated price for Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Updated price and text forBentley Bentayga Speed. Updated Lamborghini Urus price and order. Updated the price, image, order and text of Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. Added Image, price and details of Aston Martin DBX. Updated pricing on Maserati Levante Trofeo. Updated Land Rover Range Rover First Edition image, price, and text for accuracy. Updated Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 image, price and text for accuracy. Updated Mercedes-AMG G 63 price for accuracy. Added BMW Alpina XB7.