When it comes to being the first to invent something, it seems there’s always a debate. Same goes for the SUV, or Sports Utility Vehicle. According to Edmunds, the Willys Jeep Station Wagon was the first official SUV, making its debut to the world in 1946. Jeeps famous four-wheel drive didn’t become an options until a few years later in 1949. Jeep pretty much dominated the market for SUVs throughout the whole 20th century, even though virtually every big car manufacturer has designed their own take on the SUV.
The mid 2000s had a short lived trend when it was cool to have a SUV that was track worthy straight from the dealer. It wasn’t until the past few years that high end manufacturers have decided to make the plunge into the world of SUVs, designing crazy over the top super-fast SUVs that cost more than the average person’s house. A few on this list have a price tag well over 200k. Despite the large price tag, it can be said that these big bad automotive wonders are definitely worth the big money they command.
Here’s a list of 10 new SUV’s that are worth the money, and then another 10 used that can hold their own against them.
20 New And Worth The Money: Jeep Trackhawk
New this year is the Jeep Trackhawk, which comes packed with its sister, the Hellcats same supercharged engine. The obvious advantage the Jeep has over the Hellcat is that its all-wheel drive.
The Trackhawk's supercharged 6.2-liter engine makes 707 hp and 645 lb/ft of torque.
With all that torque the Trackhawk is rate to tow up to 7200 lbs. According to Jeep, they rated the Trackhawk zero-to-60 in 3.7 seconds, the experts over at Motor Trends were able to do it in just 3.3. I guess it’s even fasters than Jeep thought.
19 New And Worth The Money: Tesla Model X
The only fully electric SUV to make the list is the Tesla Model X. The Model X can travel up to 295 miles on one charge. The Model X can do zero-to-60 in 3.3 seconds, and a quarter mile in 11.8 seconds. The power in the Model X is split making 259 hp in the front and 503 hp in the rear for a combined 532hp. Same goes for the torque with 244 lb/ft of torque in the front, and 469 lb/ft of torque in the rear, yielding 713 lb/ft of torque total. Another cool feature of the Model X, according to Car and Driver the back doors open gullwing style.
18 New And Worth the Money: BMW X6 M Series
BMW has always been known for putting out incredible cars of all types. With the success of their X5 SUV, they saw an opportunity to repeat that success with a new and more aggressive model. Enter the X6.
While the base model is attractive enough, they also have the option to get the M series, which ramps up the performance even more.
The rear seats can feel a bit cramped, but BMW isn't meant to be a passenger car. It's all about the driver, and this SUV is top of the line.
17 New And Worth The Money: Rolls Royce Cullinan
Rolls Royce decided to jump on the ban-wagon and design their first SUV, calling it the Cullinan. The Cullinan is fitting with the same engine and famous air ride as its super luxury big sister, the Phantom. The twin turbocharged 6.75-liter V12 engine can crank out 563hp and 627 lb/ft of torque. The Cullinan is massive; 5864 lbs and stand six feet tall. According to Bloomberg.com it can be in up to three feet of water, but considering it cost $325,000 I wouldn’t recommend testing the water.
16 New And Worth The Money: Mercedes AMG GLA45
AMG is the sport and tuning division of Mercedes, adding all sorts of fun to any Mercedes it is offered on. The Turbocharged inline four-cylinder can produce 375 hp at 6000 rpm and 350 lb/ft of torque 2250 rpm. That puts the GLA45 AMG zero-to-60 at 4 seconds, and giving it the ability to get a quarter mile done in 12.5 seconds. According to Car and Driver, its the most powerful four-cylinder that is mass produced as its rated at 188.3 horsepower per liter, more than the Bugatti Chiron’s 187.7 per liter.
15 New And Worth The Money: Range Rover Sport SVR
The Range Rover was one of the original luxury SUV’s The Sport has always been a contender for fast SUV’s since it came out, but this year it got a bit more power.
The SVR comes standard with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, capable of making 575 hp at 6500 rpm 516 lb/ft of torque 3500 rpm.
According to Motor1, the SVR can get to get to sixty miles per hour in a mind bending 4.2 seconds, and run a quarter mile in 12.7 seconds.
14 New And Worth The Money: Bentley Bentayga
New last year in 2017, Bentley decided to give it go at designing their first SUV. The Bentayga has three rows of seats, giving it a 7 passenger capacity. The turbocharged 6.0-liter 12 cylinder engine cranks out 600 hp and 664 lb/ft of torque. Bentley claims this is the fastest SUV in the world, in production at least, reaching a top speed of 186 mph. Since then Lamborghini has came out with an all new SUV, lets find out who’s faster.
13 New And Worth The Money: Lamorghini Urus
This actually isn’t Lamborghini’s first SUV, back in the mid 80’s they produced the LM002 nicknamed “Rambo Lambo.” But new this year in 2018 is the Lamborghini Urus. The Urus comes with a seemingly small twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. Don't let its small size fool you, as this little 4.0 cranks out a ridiculous 650 hp at 6000 rpm and 627 lb/ft of torque. According to Motor1, the Urus can reach a top speed of 186 mph, making it faster than the Bentley Bentaya.
12 New And Worth The Money: Maserati Levante Trofeo
Maserati made its debut to the SUV worlds in 2017 with their first crossover-SUV called the Levante Trofeo.
The Levante Trofeo came with a Ferrari twin-turbo 3.8 V8 that can create 590 hp at 6250 hp 538 lb/ft at 2250 rpm.
According to Car and Driver the Levante Trofeo can do zero-to-sixy in 3.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 187 mph, also making it faster than the Bentley’s 2017 claim to have the fastest SUV in the world. The trident is definitely something to be afraid of.
11 New And Worth The Money: Dodge SRT8 Durango
While the SRT8 Durango may be new this year, the folks over at Street Racing Technology are no rookies at making fast SUVs as they have been doing it for over a decade now. The Durango’s 6.4-liter engine can crank out 475 lb/ft of torque and 470 hp just like its big sister that comes with the same powertrain, AKA the SRT8 Jeep; who makes the latter part of this list. According to Motor Trend, the Durango can run a quarter mile in 13.2 seconds, getting to 60 in 4.6.
10 Used That Has Them Beat: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
The SRT8 Jeep made its debut back in 2006, wowing the world with making over 400 in the both horsepower and torque department. The SRT8 first came with a 6.1-liter Hemi making its return with a 6.4-liter in 2012 after taking a year off in 2011. Straight out of the box the 6.4-liter V8 can crank out 475 hp at 6000 rpm and 470 lb/ft of torque at 4300 rpm. According to Car and Driver, the SRT8 has the ability to get a quarter mile done in just 13 seconds, getting to sixty in just 4.4.
9 Used That Has Them Beat: Trailblazer SS
The Trailblazer SS was supposed to be direct competition for the SRT8 Jeep that was debuted in the same year, but fell a bit short with their numbers.
The SS came with a 6.0-liter Ls2, the same one we could find in the Corvette or Chevy SSR of that time.
The LS2 could make 395 hp and 400 lb/ft of torque. According to Car and Driver, the rear wheel drive version could do a quarter mile in just 14 seconds, with a zero-to-sixty time of 5.4 seconds.
8 Used That Has Them Beat: Porsche Cayenne
Porsche seemed to be way ahead of its luxury competitors when it designed its Cayenne back in 2003. The Cayenne’s first generation came with a twin turbo 4.5-liter V8 that made 450 hp at 6000 rpms and 457 lb/ft of torque at 2250 rpm. According to Motor Trend, those numbers made the Cayenne the most powerful SUV at that time, and Porsche has since improved on those numbers.
7 Used That Has Them Beat: Infiniti FX50
Infiniti started producing its FX50 back in 2003, only coming with a 4.5-liter . In 2009, The FX50 received a 5.0-liter V8 engine paired with a seven-speed transmission and an all-wheel drive suspension. Larger brakes and wheels along with paddle shifters and a bunch more luxury items come standard when you add the V8 that could make 390 hp at 6500 rpm and 369 lb/ft of torque at 4400 rpm. The FX50 can run a quarter mile in 14.1 seconds and doing zero-to-sixty in 5.7 seconds. Again, Infiniti has since improved on these numbers.
6 Used That Has Them Beat: BMW X5
The BMW X5 is a mid-sized SUV that BMW started making back in 1999 almost two decades ago. At the time, there wasn’t much competition out there for the luxury SUV market, so the X5 was an instant hit and is still currently being made.
The X5 made its debut with a 4.4-liter V8 that could make 282 hp at 5400 rpm and 325 lb/ft of torque at 3600 rpm.
BMW has obviously made improvements in the power department since then. This really put them on the map in the SUV market and set the standard for the segment.
5 Used That Has Them Beat: GMC Typhoon
The inspiration behind most of the SUV’s found on this list can be traced back to the 1992 GMC Typhoon. The Typhoon was a supped up version of the then GMC Jimmy, which came a year after the one year production run of its sister, the Syclone; which had the same engine and concept but in the form of a GMC Sonoma. Way ahead of its, the Typhoon packed with the famous Grand National turbocharged V6 that cranked out 280 hp and 360 lb/ft of torque.
4 Used That Has Them Beat: Brabus GLK V12
Back in 2009, according to Motor Trend, the Brabus GLK V12 took the title at the time as the “Fastest SUV in the World” hitting a speed of 200.3 mph. The Brabus came is a twin turbo charged 6.3-liter crammed under the hood, capable of making 750 hp and and an insane 995 lb/ft of torque. The best thing about the Brabus, it was an actual production car unlike the next two on the list. Yes, the Brabus GLK could be purchased, if you had a spare 600k that is.
3 Used That Has Them Beat: Toyota Landcruiser
What happens when you put a V10 with massive turbos in a Landcruiser? That’s exactly what the folks over at Toyota did, making a Landcruiser that had eight times as much horsepower at its base model. According to Top Gear, the Landcruiser took the crown as “The Fastest SUV in the World” when it hit a top speed of 230.02 mph, but the title didn’t stick for long. Guinness failed to recognize this as a record, nor is this a production car but regardless its still impressive.
2 Used That Has Them Beat: Nissan Qashqai
Step aside Landcruiser there’s an even faster SUV now. The folks over at Severn Valley Motorsports, or SVS, figured out a way how to crank 2000 hp out of a little crossover Nissan Qashqai, which is the equivalent to the Rouge in the states. How do you ask? They started by fitting a GTR engine fabricated with a massive turbo kit under the hood. According to Motor 1, the Qashqai hit a top speed of 237.8 mph taking the crown at the “Fastest SUV in the World.”
1 Used That Has Them Beat: Mercedes-Benz AMG G-Wagon
The G-class, better known as the G-Wagon has been making their AMG version since 2005. According to Motor Trend that made the AMG G-Wagon the most powerful SUV sold in the states at that time. Back in 2013 Mercedes designed a new G-Wagon, calling it the G63. The G63 AMG came with twin turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 that could churn out 544 hp and 560 lb/ft of torque. As we know Mercedes has since improved coming out with their G65 and continues to increase its power numbers.
Sources: MotorTrend.com, CarandDriver.com, Motor1.com