When you drive up in a huge, bling SUV the world just steps aside. Such is the aura these huge, expensive beasts portray. Budget unlimited, if you just had to have the most expensive SUV with the biggest snob value, here’s a little shopping list to get you started.
Oh, and before we get into what you can pretty much buy off the shelf in India, there’s also the bespoke Conquest Evade that launched in 2012, but hasn’t seen too many sales – actually, none in India. Perhaps its asking price of Rs. 8.5 crore in India has something to do with that? We’re just listing it here because it is technically “available”.
However, let’s get on with what you can actually go out and buy right now.
Price: Rs. 3.65 crore
Why buy: It’s the most luxurious SUV money can buy in India
The Bentayga is the first ever SUV from Bentley, the Volkswagen group’s ultra luxury car marque. The Bentayga is a five seat luxury SUV that can really move when you’re in the mood for it, for you’re looking at the world’s fastest SUV. Featuring an all wheel drive layout and an 8 speed automatic gearbox, the SUV is powered by a 6 liter, twin turbo W12 petrol motor that puts out over 600 horses. Top speed: 301 Kph. 0-100 Kph: 4.1 seconds.
Range Rover 5.0 V8 Autobiography
Price: Rs. 3.8 crore
Why buy: It’s as classy as it gets, oozes power
The Range Rover Autobiography is the flagship SUV from Land Rover. This elegant-looking large SUV comes with either a 5-litre V8 petrol engine or a 4.4 litre V8 diesel engine for a price tag of Rs. 3.8 crore. It has an 8 speed automatic transmission and an intelligent four-wheel drive system that is actually quite capable off-road, not that owners of this vehicle are really going to take it over anything rougher than a dusty rural road. Also read: India bound 2016 Range Rover Evoque
Mercedes G63 AMG
Price: Rs. 1.8 crore
Why buy: Rugged looks, stonking performance
The Mercedes G-Wagen is part of the company’s heritage, with this iconic design dating back to the middle of the last century. What was once a rugged workhorse of an SUV has been given a touch of luxury and plenty more power. It comes with a 5.5 litre V8 biturbo petrol engine that puts out 544 bhp of power and 760 Nm of torque with a seven speed automatic transmission and Mercedes 4-matic four-wheel drive system. Buyers can customize the choice of leather and panelling they want for the interiors. Each engine is individually signed off by the engineer who built it. Also read: A look into Ranbir Kapoor’s exotic car garage
Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Price: Rs. 1.78 crore
Why buy: Sporty to drive, luxurious interiors
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is the kind of SUV you get if you borrow the original blueprints from a sports car. The Cayenne Turbo comes with a 4.8 litre V8 petrol engine that puts out 500 bhp of power and 700 Nm of torque with an 8 speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive layout. The SUV is not as large as one would expect it to be inside, with comfortable seating for four, although it is a 5-seater.
Range Rover Sport Autobiography
Price: Rs. 1.74 crore
Why buy: Sporty looks and genuine off-road cred, luxurious interiors
The Range Rover Sport is the younger cousin of the Range Rover. If a family had to have different SUVs for father and son, this is what the younger person would pick. It combines go-anywhere performance with complete luxury inside. It’s the vehicle to drive, rather than be chauffeured around in. It comes with a 5 litre V8 petrol engine that puts out 503 bhp of power and 625 Nm of torque with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a full-time four-wheel drive system. Also read: A 4000 km road trip in a Range Rover Sport
Mercedes GL 63 AMG
Price: Rs. 1.69 crore
Why buy: Spacious, luxurious interiors, executive feel
The Mercedes GL 63 AMG is for those who don’t want that boxy look of the more rugged G63. This one is for those who want to stretch out in luxury with acres of legroom and fine leather surrounding them. It is powered by the same engine that powers the G63, a 5.5 litre V8 petrol engine. It also comes with an all-wheel drive system with a rated top speed of 250 kmph. It can do 0-100 kmph in under 5 seconds, which is not bad for this bulky SUV. Also read: Mercedes GL63 AMG India launch
Which one of these is your favourite?