Fastest SUVs in the world 2019

11 Jan, 2019 11:35am Steve Walker

We run through the fastest 4x4s and SUVs on sale in the UK

SUVs and 4x4s aren’t usually considered well suited to the job of going fast, so you might think that even the quickest would have modest performance figures. Car manufacturers, of course, have other ideas and in recent years they’ve been hard at work building a succession of performance SUVs that possess blistering pace.

With its weighty 4x4 mechanicals, high-riding stance and general, all-round bulk, the average SUV is in a constant war against the laws of physics. What these top performance SUVs show is that a portly kerb weight and garden shed aerodynamics are no obstacle to some serious hustle, if enough raw power is applied. Just don’t mention the fuel economy.

Best 4x4s and SUVs on sale

Mercedes’ GLA 45 AMG has shown that smaller crossover SUV models can mix it with even the most powerful of the bigger SUVs on sale. But more high-end offerings in the shape of Bentley’s Bentayga, the Lamborghini Urus, the electric Tesla Model X and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo mean there are a lot of choices out there. Then you've got newcomers in the pipeline from Aston Martin and Ferrari, meaning the fastest SUV today may not be the fastest SUV tomorrow.

Below you’ll find our list of the fastest production SUVs of the moment in reverse order…

Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Pack

0-62mph: 4.4s
Top speed: 169mph

If the Cayenne is Porsche’s cash cow, shifting the units to finance the hardcore GT3 and GT2 911s for enthusiasts to swoon over, that must make the Macan the cash calf. Bringing the winning Cayenne formula in a more compact package, the Macan line-up wouldn’t be complete without a firecracker of the Turbo model to top things off.

Mercedes-AMG GLA 45

0-62mph: 4.4s
Top speed: 155mph

Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 actually gets close to the performance figures of its big brother, the GLE 63 AMG - but without the need for the stonking great V8. The four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo engine does have 355bhp though.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

0-62mph: 4.2s
Top speed: 155mph

Lets face it, like a lot of cars on this list, the Mercedes GLE 63 is just plain ridiculous. Not only does it have outrageous amounts of get up and go, it is also one of those cars which combines coupe styling with an SUV platform - or tries to. Irrespective of what you think of the design, it will hit 62mph in just 4.2 seconds.

BMW X5M/X6M

0-60mph: 4.2s
Top speed: 155mph

The BMW X6 M and X5 M are genuine SUV M-cars and their performance figures reflect that. Both pack 567bhp output from a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and should be enough to keep the craziest of power junkies happy.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

0-62mph: 4.1s
Top speed: 177mph

The daddy of Porsche’s performance SUVs is still the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and it’s a hard car to outpace even if you’re driving a sports car, let alone an SUV. Giant SUVs shouldn’t really be able to generate supercar-rivalling performance but here’s proof positive that they can.

Bentley Bentayga

0-60mph: 4.0s
Top speed: 187mph

Many people ridiculed the Bentayga when it was launched, but Bentley’s first foray into the SUV market has proved quite successful. Underneath the bonnet there is a 6.0-litre W12 which produces 600bhp and 900Nm of torque from just 1,350rpm, meaning this large SUV is a force to be reckoned with.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

0-62mph: 3.8s
Top speed: 176mph

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio aims to build on the huge success of the Giulia Quadrifoglio saloon. On first impressions, the new Alfa provides as much driving enjoyment as you can expect from any SUV, which is a good start. But with a 2.9-litre twin turbo V6 producing 503bhp under the bonnet, would you expect anything else?

Lamborghini Urus

0-62mph: 3.6s
Top speed: 190mph

The Lamborghini Urus SUV launched to a mixed reception. The super-SUV (as it's being called by Lambo) costs around £160,000 in the UK, and boasts a ridiculous 641bhp and have an equally outrageous 0-62mph time of 3.6s. While the styling will continue to divide opinion, the Urus does more than enough to justify a place on this list.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

0-60mph: 3.4s
Top speed: 180mph

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is (by a decent margin) the fastest production internal combustion SUV on the planet. It uses a 6.2-litre V8 engine producing 697bhp to hit 60mph in just 3.4 seconds. What’s more, it is coming to the UK.

Tesla Model X

0-60mph: 3.2s
Top speed: 155mph

The Tesla Model X is top of the fastest SUV tree, that is assuming you pay for the luxury of the Ludicrous Mode. This setting reduces the 0-60mph from 4.2 seconds to a mind bending 3.2s, making it as fast as Audi R8 V10 Plus.

Fastest SUVs in the world 2019

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