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Rivals

BMW X5 4x4

4.3 out of 5 4.3

This is the third generation of the popular BMW X5 SUV, the Munich marque’s challenger to premium-badged, sporty off-roaders such as the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Range Rover Sport. It has been replaced by the fourth generation version, which arrived at the end of 2018. Read: We've driven the new 2018 BMW X5 Buy: BMW X5 cars for... read more

PROS

  • Imposing styling
  • Quality interior
  • Loaded with technology
  • Plug-in hybrid version

CONS

  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Doesn't feel as special as some rivals
  • Feels very large to drive around town

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

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

4.3 out of 5 4.3

It's easy to understand why Land Rover is so popular in the premium SUV market. Its cars look good, drive well, and still have an enviable image that its upstart German rivals would kill for. The Range Rover Sport has been on sale since 2013, and in a way that's typical for Land Rover, it still looks desirable, up-to date, and boasts an interior... read more

PROS

  • Luxurious and rapid in all forms
  • Agile handling is a real surprise
  • More effcient than ever

CONS

  • It's far from cheap and options are dear
  • The rest of the range looks very similar
  • Reliability and quality lag behind German rivals