Top 100 cars 2016: Top 5 Large 4x4s & SUVs

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1 Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016 Best Large 4x4 & SUV

From its large grille and ice-pick running lights to the luxury of its cabin, the XC90 oozes style and confidence,. And even adults will find the third row of seats comfortable — for a while. Optional air-suspension provides a smooth ride and minimises leaning in corners; combined with the quiet, powerful diesel engine, it makes for serene journeys.

The T8 plug-in hybrid model is even quieter — for the 26 miles it runs in electric-only mode. The XC90 can take mild green- laning in its stride, helped by an optional ride height control that provides an extra 1.5in of clearance should things get more challenging. And as you’d expect, it’s packed with safety gizmos.

  • PRICE £46,250-£64,205
  • OUR PICK 2.0 D5 Inscription (£50,685)
  • ENGINE 1969cc, 4 cylinders
  • ACCELERATION 0-62mph: 7.8sec
  • TOP SPEED 137mph
  • FUEL | CO2 48.7mpg | 152g/km

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2 Audi Q7

Audi Q7: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016 Best Large 4x4 & SUV

Audi was once billed as the polite alternative to BMW, but those days came to an end with the gargantuan Q7. The latest design is almost as long as a Mercedes S-class and nearly 6ft 6in wide. While this will cause some heart-stopping moments in narrow car parks, it does allow the roomy interior three rows of seats — although the boot is tiny when they’re all in use.

This is a comfortable car to travel in: rock-steady at speed but agile too. The options list needs a wealth warning, so just tick the air-suspension (it boosts refinement) and four-wheel steering (it helps parking). A hybrid e-tron version is coming that should appeal to company car drivers wanting to reduce their tax liability.

  • PRICE £47,755-£53,835
  • OUR PICK Q7 3.0 SE (£50,340)
  • ENGINE 2967cc, 6 cylinders
  • ACCELERATION 0-62mph: 6.5sec
  • TOP SPEED 145mph
  • FUEL | CO2 47.9mpg | 153g/km

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3 Range Rover

Range Rover: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016 - Large 4x4 & SUV

Range Rover created the large, luxury SUV class, and today’s version continues to lord it over all-comers — for a hefty price. There’s a long-wheelbase version with a ballroom for a rear cabin and one powered by a 5-litre V8 petrol engine that can do 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds (and guzzle a tank of fuel just as fast).

The car spoils driver and passengers with a roomy cabin finished in wood and leather. It rides smoothly and quietly, too, and handles better than most when you get a move on. Off-road, it’s peerless; Terrain Response tech automatically adjusts the suspension and traction control systems to suit the conditions.

  • PRICE £74,950-£164,600
  • OUR PICK 3.0 TDV6 Vogue SE (£81,850)
  • ENGINE 2993cc, 6 cylinders
  • ACCELERATION 0-62mph: 7.9sec
  • TOP SPEED 130mph
  • FUEL | CO2 40.9mpg | 182g/km

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4 Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016 - Large 4x4 & SUV

The limousine might still represent the ultimate in luxury travel, but the wealthy and pampered know that SUVs are now the most comfortable cars in the world, thanks to their taller suspensions, which can soak up the bumps, combined with sophisticated electronics to prevent the car rolling in corners.

Bentley’s new Bentayga feels fit for royalty with its hand-stitched quilted leather seats, room for a custom-made picnic hamper and a W12 engine packing an ocean-liner’s worth of power in reserve.

  • PRICE £160,200
  • OUR PICK Bentley Bentayga (£160,200)
  • ENGINE 5950cc, W12
  • ACCELERATION 0-62mph: 4.0sec
  • TOP SPEED 187mph
  • FUEL | CO2 21.6mpg | 296g/km

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5 Mitsubishi Shogun

Mitsubishi Shogun: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016 - Large 4x4 & SUV

In the 1980s the Shogun was the first off-roader to give the Range Rover a serious scare. Since then the British car has gone all aspirational, but the Mitsubishi feels as if it has barely changed — and that’s what we like.

Yes, the cabin is utilitarian and noisy, and the suspension has a bizarre setup that’s firm but also causes the vehicle to lean in corners. But the 3.2-litre diesel engine is powerful and there are seven seats. Even entry-level versions come with climate control and 18in alloys, and the car will tackle muddy tracks and fields all day, although the back wheels can spin, as there is no locking rear differential.

  • PRICE £28,634-£37,299
  • OUR PICK 3.2 DI-DC SG4 (£37,299)
  • ENGINE 3200cc, 4 cylinders
  • ACCELERATION 0-62mph: 11.1sec
  • TOP SPEED 112mph
  • FUEL | CO2 33.2mpg | 224g/km

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Top 100 Cars 2016 contents
  1. Top 5 Sports Cars
  2. Top 5 Large 4x4s & SUVs
  3. Top 5 Luxury & Prestige Cars
  4. Top 5 Electric & Hybrid Cars
  5. Top 5 City Cars
  6. Top 5 Superminis
  7. Top 5 Hot Hatches
  8. Top 5 Two-seat Roadsters
  9. Top 5 Warm Hatches
  10. Top 5 Supercars
  11. Top 5 Family Convertibles
  12. Top 5 Coupés
  13. Top 5 Compact Crossovers
  14. Top 5 Large Crossovers
  15. Top 5 Five-seat MPVs
  16. Top 5 Seven-seat MPVs
  17. Top 5 Mid-size Estate Cars
  18. Top 5 Large Estate Cars
  19. Top 5 Mid-size Family Cars
  20. Top 5 Large Family Cars


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