Top 10 best super-SUVs 2022

Open gallery Close News by Matt Saunders 7 mins read 22 September 2022 Follow @TheDarkStormy1 Share

Super-SUVs appear to have it all: interiors that rival the very best luxury cars; performance that competes with the best super-saloons; that all important high-riding driving position.

This most extravagant breed of SUV, which barely existed a decade ago, also carries a price of entry that ensures they are among the most exclusive cars on our roads.

We think the 10 cars below are either the best of their kind or are set to shake up the segment once they arrive.

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1. Aston Martin DBX 707

The Aston Martin DBX has arguably been one of the British brand’s most significant new arrivals. So much of the marque’s future success rests on its shoulders, and so far this newest addition to the ever-expanding super-SUV class has done nothing but impress. And the Aston’s appeal has only been enhanced by the addition of the 707, which as the name suggests packs a mighty 707 metric horsepower (that’s 697bhp in old money). 

Crucially, it drives like an Aston should – albeit one that weighs 2.3 tonnes and stands 1.68m tall. Its AMG-sourced 4.0-litre V8 provides thundering performance and an appealingly devilish soundtrack, while its capability as a long-distance tourer is fairly outstanding. It can go off road, too.

Yet it’s on the road that the Aston really struts its stuff, handling with a poise, precision and fluidity that’s barely credible for a car this tall and weighty. There’s genuine driver engagement and even a dollop of adjustability on offer, and before long you’ll be hustling it with almost as much abandon as a hot hatch. Dare we say it, but this could be the best car the firm makes.

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2. Bentley Bentayga

The Bentayga is the first true ‘luxury’ SUV worthy of comparison with the market’s most luxurious limousines. It adds greater capability and usability to Bentley’s range than the firm has hitherto provided, only falling short of the ride isolation offered by those more traditional luxury models.


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Though it may still not quite be an attractive car, a recent facelift more successfully aligned the Bentayga’s exterior design with that of the new Continental GT and Flying Spur. New infotainment systems also replace the ageing tech that appeared in the original, too.

While the Bentayga lacks the outright speed and agility of the very quickest SUVs, the fact that it can be compared with them while offering vastly more grandeur emphasises its accomplishment. In the fairest of terms, it must simply be acknowledged as one of the most complete and compelling luxury products in the world.

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3. Porsche Cayenne Coupe GT

It was only a matter of time before Porsche’s Motorsport megaminds turned their attention to the Cayenne, giving the firm’s high-riding flagship the same track-focused treatment as the 911 GT3. The result is one of the fastest off-roaders you can buy – one that has smashed the SUV lap record at the Nürburgring, should you need to know. 

As you’d expect there’s more power, with the familiar twin-turbo V8’s wick now turned up to 631bhp for an outrageous 0-62mph time of 3.3secs. Crucially, the chassis has been uprated in kind, with a 17mm drop in ride height over the Turbo S, suspension that is 15% stiffer in Sport mode and a wider front track with more aggressive camber. It all adds up to a curiously satisfying steer, the Porsche feeling fast, tied down and agile – so much so that you occassionally forget it weighs 2.2 tonnes. No, the world doesn’t need the Cayenne GT, but it does exist and it’s actually rather good.

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