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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

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Porsche Cayenne (10-18)

4.5 out of 5 4.5

When Porsche first introduced the Cayenne in 2003, it prompted a lot of head-scratching - what the hell was a well-established sports car manufacturer doing in the 4x4 market? The naysayers had got it wrong, however: the Porsche Cayenne had plugged into a target audience that wanted a sporty high-riding off-roader and it became Porsche's most... read more

PROS

Spacious, sharp handling, fine performance, precise steering, classy interior

CONS

4.8-litre offers no real benefits, ride can be notchy in sport mode, complicated dash layout

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a smaller and more athletic version of the larger, more traditional Range Rover. Unlike other models in the Range Rover range, the Sport is primarily designed to be driven on-road, where it corners precisely and with the minimum of fuss. Coupled with the top 5.0-litre supercharged engine, it provides nothing... read more

PROS

Chunky styling, wonderfully comfortable, great diesel engines, handles well for a 4x4, capable off-road, much-improved interiors from Summer 2009

CONS

High running costs, automatic gearbox can be a little sluggish to change down

As well as being the ultimate M-Class, the ML63 AMG is also one of the fastest and most powerful 4x4s that money can buy. The hand-built 510bhp V8 powers it to 62mph in 5.0 seconds and powers it onto 155mph. Not all of the figures are as impressive, though. New buyers should be prepared to lose up to half the car's value in depreciation in the... read more

PROS

Strong performance, comfortable, high standard of fit-and-finish, great engine sound

CONS

Punishing running costs, woeful CO2 figure, ML500 does a similar job for less

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