When you become a parent, usually there are plenty of sacrifices that you need to make for your kids. That small apartment downtown is too small for your growing family. You stop spending money on things like vacations and nights out in exchange for diapers and car seats. Speaking of car seats, they definitely will not be fitting in the back of a Mustang or a BMW M3 coupe. Soon enough you’ll be marching down to the car dealership looking through rows and rows of Kia Sportages, Chevrolet Tahoes, and Dodge Grand Caravans. Instead of searching for things like rear wheel drive and G-Force meters, you’ll be looking for things like car seat harnesses and DVD entertainment systems.
But it isn’t all bad. Some of these new Honda Odyssey vans have vacuums built in so that you don’t have to drive to a car was to vacuum out Cheerios and Fruit Loops, like you inevitably will. But fear not, Petrol Head families! You do not have to be banished to the driver's seat of a Chrysler Town and Country for the next eighteen years. There are plenty of automotive engineers that understand that sometimes parents aren’t just quite ready to give up their fund cars.
But they still need something to carry around the kids, the dogs, and everything else that goes along with them. They understand the things like speed, luxury, and a fun to drive spirit are just as important as being able the carry all those little petrol heads in training.
20 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
The Cadillac CTS-V wagon is probably one of the greatest, and most underrated, cars to ever come out of post bankruptcy Cadillac. Jalopnik summed it up well by saying, “The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon has a wicked combination of serious performance, great looks, low production numbers and a big novelty factor—it’s a freaking factory-made hot rod luxury station wagon!” with the same 6.2 litre V8 engine as the Corvette, the CTS-V wagon produced over 550 horsepower!
For some reason, over the last thirty years or so people in the United States have never quite embraced the idea of the station wagon.
Ultimately that was the demise of the CTS-V wagon, it was never nearly as popular as its sedan and coupe brothers.
19 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is the best example of a SUV that tries its best to be a muscle car. With its 6.4 litre V8 engine, the Grand Cherokee produces an incredible 475 horsepower! Plus, with true sports car features that you rarely see on US build car, like launch control, you soon forget that you are driving a huge SUV! The Grand Cherokee’s sophisticated all-wheel drive system really helps it hunker down on the curves and bends on the road to ensure that the driver has ultimate control. With plenty of room for stroller, car seats, and luggage, the Grand Cherokee may be the ultimate parent sleeper car.
18 Ford Taurus SHO
Keeping up the same basic idea of the Dodge Charger SRT, the Ford Taurus SHO is the modern embodiment of the US made muscle sedan. But instead of the usual V8 powered demon, the Ford takes a different route with an EcoBoost engine.
The Taurus SHO is powered by a 3.5 liter, twin turbocharged V6 which produces 365 horsepower.
With its all-wheel drive system, the Ford Taurus SHO makes sure that as much power as possible makes its way onto the pavement. And not just consumers are noticing how great the Taurus SHO based Interceptor is one of the most popular police cars on the road.
17 Volvo S60 Polestar
The best thing that the Volvo S60 Polestar has going for it, is that nobody would suspect that the seemingly humble wagon hides the beating heart of a monster. With a 345 horsepower, turbocharged, inline six engine the Volvo shows no mercy. It literally jumps from zero to sixty miles per hour in 4.4 seconds! Keeping up with Volvo tradition, the S60 Polestar is incredibly safe. According to Volvo, it exceeds crash test standards on all fronts. Not only is the Volvo surprisingly powerful, it's also very rare. Volvo builds less than 750 cars annually. Which ensures that the Polestars will retain their values for years to come.
16 Chevrolet SS
Unlike its other brother, the Cadillac CTS-V, it’s a true working man’s muscle sedan. Based on the Australian engineered Holden, the Chevrolet SS was one of the last true muscle sedans that General Motors ever built. With a V8 sending 415 horsepower to the rear wheels, the Chevrolet SS was the family man’s Corvette, it even came with a manual transmission. Jumping from zero to sixty in 4.5 seconds, the Chevrolet SS left most other sedans in the dust! Though the chevrolet SS wasn’t a huge sales success, selling just over 11,000 units according to General Motors. That doesn’t take away from the face that it was an outstanding sedan.
15 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
The 707 horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the natural choice for any parent that wants to spice up their morning school run. With power like that getting the kids to school will take no time at all.
The Charger features the aggressive muscle car oriented styling that Dodge has always featured.
The kind of styling that will really stand out amongst the mini vans and crossovers that litter school and grocery store parking lots. Just because the Charger is fast, doesn't mean that it isn’t safe. The Charger Hellcat features all the electronic safety features like lane departure warning and automated braking, which are on the cutting edge of keeping passengers safe.
14 Porsche Macan Turbo
The Porsche Macan is the best example of a small car that packs a mighty punch! With a 3.6 litre, twin turbocharged, six cylinder engine makes the Porsche Macan one of the most powerful small SUVs in the world. The little Macan can jump from a stand still to sixty miles per hour in 4.6 seconds. That’s pretty quick no matter how you look at it. Not only does the little Porsche Macan give you an adrenaline rush, you also get the uncompromising engineering that Porsche puts into every one of their vehicles. Ensuring that your Porsche will run for decades.
13 Mercedes R63 AMG
The Mercedes Benz R63 AMG is one of the best kept secrets of the automotive world. Very few people paid attention to the R-Class to know that Mercedes built one of the greatest sleepers that the world has ever known. Stuffed into the minivan-esque R-Class beats the heart of a 6.3 litre, naturally aspirated V8 engine. Producing over five hundred horsepower, the monster powertrain could take the R63 from zero to sixty miles per hour in 4.6 seconds! Considering the R63 weighed nearly five thousand pounds, that’s a lot of power! Plus, being a Mercedes, you knew that no matter how much power the Mercedes put out, it would always be a comfortable ride.
12 Mercedes Benz E63 AMG
The Mercedes Benz E63 AMG may be the last word in the ultimate sleeper car. The E63 AMG is built with Mercedes Benz’s 4.0 litre twin turbocharged V8 engine, which produces over six hundred horsepower!
That huge amount of power will take the Mercedes from zero to sixty miles per hour in 3.4 seconds!
That’s 0.2 seconds faster to sixty miles per hour than the V12 powered Aston Martin Vanquish! But all that speed doesn’t come cheap. The Mercedes Benz E63 AMG has a starting price of $106,000! That might make any parent think twice about making it their preferred family hauler.
11 BMW X5M
The BMW X5M is the SUV that takes the errand running to an entirely new level. Yeah, you can take the kids to school in a Chrysler Pacifica or a Chevrolet Tahoe, but that would take far too long. With the BMW X5M you get a twin turbocharged V8 engine that puts out over 567 horsepower, and can jump from zero to sixty miles per hour in 3.8 seconds! That’ll cut down your errand and commute time substantially. Not only that, but it has a top speed of 160 miles per hour. So, if your commute includes a stretch on the autobahn, it'll ensure that driving to school will be a trip the kids will never forget.
10 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Since it came onto the market in 2003, the Porsche has always been the pinnacle of the “sporty” SUV. The current generation of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is equipped with a 4.0 litre twin turbocharged V8 that produces 541 horsepower! That’s a lot of power, no matter how you look at it. Not only is the Cayenne Turbo fast, it certainly makes you feel like you are not driving a SUV. It makes you feel like you're driving a sports car.That combined with the excellence in engineering that goes along with every Porsche, you have one of the ultimate sports SUVs on the market.
9 Audi RS7
As Audi elegantly put it, “the Audi RS7 is the luxury sedan dressed for the track.” With its aggressive air intakes and upgrades styling, the Audi RS7 is the four door supercar, that takes the big guys’ lunch money.
With its twin turbocharged, V8 engine producing 605 horsepower, the Audi RS7 will launch itself from zero to sixty miles per hour in 3.7 seconds.
That’s only 0.1 second slower than the fastest car that Toyota has ever produced, the Lexus LFA. Wrapped in the leather and usual luxurious comforts that you usually find on a luxurious Audi, the RS7 gives you the best of the world of performance and the world of luxury.
8 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV
There are very few cars left in the world that embody the pure Italian essence that the Alfa Romeo QV carries in it. Other Italian brands like Fiat have become too tame and mainstream to carry on the spirit that the old Italian car had. While Lamborghini were bought up by the Germans, so the real Italian spirit has been taken away from them. The Alfa is a car that is perfectly imperfect, it’s designed for performance and handling in mind. Things like occupant comfort, safety, and reliability were taken into consideration. But they are always secondary compared to performance.
7 Tesla P100D
The Tesla Model S P100D is most likey the closest thing that we currently have to the future of cars. With its pure electric powertrain, the Tesla does away with nearly all of the downsides that used to come along with electric cars. It has an impressive range of over 300 miles and it charges quickly. But most importantly, it is fast. The Model S P100D can launch itself from zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.5 seconds! Speeds like that put its acceleration in the same area as the Bugatti Veyron. While giving the driver the creature comforts of a luxury sedan.
6 Porsche Panamera Turbo
When the Porsche Panamera was first released, it was quickly criticized for its looks. But over time, it earned its place as one of the best luxury and performance sedans that it currently on the market.
With the 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged V8 shared with the Porsche Cayenne, the Panamera is just as powerful.
It shoots from zero to sixty miles per hour in 3.6 seconds. That’s just as fast as many super cars. Mixing its luxury cabin with excellent German engineered performance, the Panamera is one of the best sedans on the market.
5 Ford Focus RS
The Ford Focus RS is one of the best performance hot hatchbacks that is currently on the market. Though a hot Ford hatchback is a relatively new addition to the US market, in Europe Ford has quite the reputation for building hot hatchbacks. Their heritage spanning all the way back to the Ford Escort RS in 1980. The current generation of the Focus RS is equipped with a 2.3 litre four cylinder engine producing an impressive 350 horsepower. Needless to say, with its small stature and lightning fast performance, the Ford Focus RS will make any commute a quick trip.
4 Volkswagen Golf R
Volkswagen has always prided itself in its hot hatchback heritage. Spanning back to the 1970s, they have dominated the hot hatchback market all over the world since then. The Golf R carries on the tradition of the hot Golfs of the past by being the most powerful version yet. With a 2.0 litre turbocharged four cylinder engine producing just shy of 300 horsepower, the Golf R can show its competitors that it's still the king of the hot hatchbacks. Plus, Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system makes sure that as much power as possible makes its way to the pavement.
3 Jaguar F-PACE SVR
The Jaguar F-Pace SVR is Jaguar’s first big attempt at a sports oriented SUV. Thought Jaguar is often lumped into the same family as Land Rover, they have never really attempted a SUV before the F-Pace.
Powered by a 5.0 litre V8 engine that produces 550 horsepower, the F-Pace SVR will leap from zero to sixty miles per hour in 4.1 seconds!
No matter how you look at it, the F-Pace SVR is fast, really fast. The speed and performance coupled with British class and style, makes the Jaguar F-Pace SVR one of the most luxurious and unique rides on the road.
2 Maserati Levante Trofeo
The Maserati Levante is the Italian automaker’s first attempt to build a luxury SUV. But being an Italian automaker, they just cannot make a car without making it as fast as possible. The Levante Trofeo is equipped with a 3.8 litre V8 engine that produces 590 horsepower, the Levante Trofeo will jump from zero to sixty miles per hour in 3.7 seconds. The Maserati Levante Trofeo truly keeps things Italian by keeping performance as its number one priority. Luxury is a close second, but like the Alfa Romeo, the Maserati is a perfectly imperfect car.
1 Bentley Bentayga W12
The Bentley Bentayga is one of the first SUVs devoted to the ultimate luxury experience. Gone are the days of Land Rover and Cadillac being the last word in sport utility luxury, Bentley is now the King of Luxury Utility. With a deep bing of Volkswagen parts to rummage around in, and the fastidious standards of German engineering, the Bentley makes no compromises in many way. Powered by a twelve cylinder engine that produces 600 horsepower, the Bentley ensures that alongside its luxurious comforts, it has to power to remind the driver that they paid for power to go along with all that luxury.
Sources: Aston Martin, Mercedes Benz, Road and Track, Dodge, Porsche, Car and Driver, Tesla, Bentley