Base MSRP: $101,695; with options: $123,645. This is the top-performing version of BMW’s midsize X5 crossover SUV, and it’s plenty quick by virtue of its racy 4.4-liter567-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8. It comes well equipped, but we managed to add about $22,000 worth of extra gear.
Base MSRP: $104,100; with options: $122,345. The X6 is more or less a modestly sportier version of the preceding X5, and with a swoopier coupe-like roofline. It’s more stylish, but loses some rear headroom and cargo space. Being the “M” model in the line it delivers the highest performance, thanks largely to a 4.4-liter 567-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8.
Base MSRP: $105,895.This is the only hybrid-powered model in our list, and it’s a plug-in at that. It can run for the first 19 miles solely on electric power, when it gets the equivalent of 62 mpg; once the battery is depleted to a certain point, a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged gasoline engine kicks in and it operates like a regular hybrid, getting a combined 27 mpg. It comes fully loaded in this version with no options offered.
Base MSRP: $112,855; with options: $130,840. The top four-door coupe rendition of M-B’s midsizecrossover makes a bold styling statement and leaps off the line like with a 3.0-liter 385-horsepowertwin-turbo V6. Mereceds tends to nickel-and-dime buyers in terms of add-onoptions that should be standard at this price; we managed to load up this version of the GLE with around $18,000 worth of extras.
Base MSRP: $126,295; with options: $141,075. Mercedes’ large and luxurious SUV packs a hand-built 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 that’s good for a decidedly quick 577 horsepower. We’ve packed it to the gills with all the trimmings, including a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system and cup holders that are both heated and cooled.
Base MSRP: $141,200; with options: $173,450. Defined by its dramatic vertical-opening falcon-wingdoors, This version of Tesla’s full-electric SUV packs its largest battery that’s good for 289 miles on a charge. Like the Model S sedan it offers Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot system that’s ready for, but still lacks regulatory approval for, the most-autonomous driving features to date.
Base MSRP: $162,650; with options: $233,990. Arguably the sportiest SUV on the planet (at least until the Lamborghini and Ferrari crossovers arrive), the top version of Porsche’s Cayenne is motivated by a 570-horsepower 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8, with a fine-tuned suspension that’s capable of sportscar-like handling, but without too rough of a ride. As with other Porsche models, purchasers can customize the Cayenne with a long list of options that can drive up the price by more than $71,000.
Base MSRP: $178,195; with options: $190,665. This upper-crust British SUV may have been surpassed in price by the following two models, but it remains an aspirational choice, especially in its long-wheelbase SV Autobiography model with a 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. It’s capable of carving a rugged trail far from the pavement, but we’d wonder what kind of moxie it takes to take a vehicle this costly deep into the woods to get scuffed up.
Base MSRP: $221,395; with options: $242,385. What was once a military vehicle for the postwar German army has become a faddish luxury SUV that can break the $200,000 barrier, all while looking likea delivery vehicle for some opulent gated community. The sportiest AMG version comes powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine with 621 horsepower and a stump-pulling 738 pound-feet of torque. A redesigned version is expected for 2019.
Base MSRP: $304,425; with options: $357,535. Lavishly luxurious, this is indeed the Bentley of SUVs. It packs a 600-horsepower W12 engine and affords every convenience and then some. For those with unlimited assets, the Bentayga can be fitted with bespoke items not included here like a custom fly fishing set and a self-winding Breitling dashboard analog clock that, on its own, adds a whopping $160,000 to the sticker price.