Back in the day, SUVs were mostly used by contractors and those who had a huge love for outdoor trips, but nowadays, they’re common in every country and city as they are better alternatives to station wagons and major upgrades to minivans. We’ve seen them go from being used for commercial purposes only to being one of the most-used car types in the world today. We now see SUVs being packed with luxurious and tech-inspired features which have greatly increased their popularity in the autos industry.

SUVs went mainstream in the late 80s when truck models like the Ford Explorer and Jeep Cherokee came into existence to make family trips easier and more comfortable, ensuring their safety too in the process, but they didn’t become prolific until the start of 2000 when they started becoming every consumer’s choice, giving sports cars and normal road cars huge competition. Although they serve different purposes from sports cars and the normal road cars, SUVs now make consumers have second thoughts when it’s time to make decisions on what cars to get, putting many factors into consideration, one of which is their ability to go to places the other two types wouldn’t even dare go to.

When you add luxury to an already rugged SUV, then you have something unusual and uncommon, in a good way. These days, SUVs don’t look like they looked in the 80s as some SUVs do not even come in the usual four-door format which has changed the crowd mentality about SUVs. The likes of Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, and Jeep have paved the way for more exotic SUVs. Manufacturers now pack these vehicles with style, luxury, power and comfort, and all these elements make up a good vehicle.

Below are the top 10 best luxury SUVs in the world for 2021.

10. 2021 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic

The 2021 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic has an outstandingly incredible design which is complemented by British very best craftsmanship. To stress how luxurious this vehicle is, the cabin features Diamond Quilting with the finest leathers and a knurled finish to the Start/Stop button plus foot pedals. The 565PS V8 Supercharged engine combines peerless refinement with the most powerful engine in the brand’s history. The vehicle boasts a 5.0-liter engine which produces 700Nm maximum torque available at 6,000 – 6,500rpm.

9. 2021 Mercedes-AMG G63

One of the most luxurious SUVs to ever grace the roads, Mercedes-AMG G63 has quite earned itself a reputation as not only a luxury SUV but also one of the strongest SUVs in the world. The Mercedes-AMG G63 doesn’t only have a great body work, coupled with exotic interior, it also has what it takes to conquer whatever terrain it rides on. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG G63 comes with more space so all passengers can feel more relaxed and comfortable. The seats are designed in fine leather with rhombus-shaped quilting and the esteemed ‘AMG’ badge. Under the hood, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG G63 boasts a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine which produces 577 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, and it will run you back $156,450 USD (MSRP).

8. 2021 Aston Martin DBX

The DBX is Aston Martin’s first SUV and it is based on a bonded aluminum chassis ending up with a curb weight of less than 5000 pounds which will aid effective movement both on and off road. The high-performance luxury SUV features a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 542 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque and it comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission, a set of steel brakes, and an air suspension as standard which can be lifted up by a maximum of 45mm and lowered by 50mm. The 2021 DBX also features some off-roading technologies such as the Terrain, Terrain+, and hill-descent mode which makes it capable of handling all types of terrains. In addition, it comes with a panoramic sunroof that provides you with a fresh, natural feeling anytime you’re in the vehicle.

7. 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe

As the first V8-engined vehicle built by Porsche, the first generation of this Cayenne model was first introduced in 2002 and it also happened to be Porsche’s first off-road vehicle since its Super and Junior tractors which were released in the 50s. Porsche Cayenne S Diesel eventually set the new Guinness World Record for heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car when it towed a 285-ton Air France Airbus to a distance of 42 meters. The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe features a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which produces 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. The luxury sports car is capable of going from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 178 mph.

6. 2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo

The 2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo will mark the Italian luxury automaker’s fourth year of producing the Levante model. This trim brings the classic Maserati character to the world of midsize luxury SUVs with a top-notch design and a powerful engine sourced from Ferrari. The luxury high performance SUV is powered by a Ferrari-built 3.8-litre turbocharged V8 engine which produces 580 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque, and it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 187 mph. The 2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo is the closest thing to a Ferrari SUV right now in terms of performance and aesthetic and it is priced at $153,090 USD MSRP.

5. 2021 Audi RS Q8

The Audi brand makes luxury a top priority in everything they do, and they put so much effort into this. The 2021 Audi RS Q8 is a luxury midsize SUV that runs on a bi-turbo V8 engine that produces 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. It also features an eight-cylinder muscle which enables the SUV to accelerate to up to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds. With a top speed of approximately 190 mph, only a few SUVs can boast of such amazing blistering pace. The 2021 Audi RS Q8 pricing starts at $114,500 USD (MSRP).

4. 2021 Lamborghini Urus

You know it’s fast and furious plus luxury when it’s a Lamborghini. The Lamborghini Urus was first introduced in late 2017 and got on the market the same month for the 2018 model year. The car whose concept was first unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show on 23 April 2012 was finally brought into existence 5 years later after a lot of things have been put in place. One of the advantages this model has over other models from other brands is the fact that it’s lightweight. Other models like the BMW X6 M, Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan have considerably heavier weights than this vehicle. The 2021 Lamborghini Urus features a features a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine which pumps out 641 horsepower and 850 Nm of torque, with an incredible interior and exterior design which makes it an incredible choice for people who make luxury a top priority. The 2021 model also has a maximum top speed of 190 mph to ensure you do not only enjoy the luxury, you’ll also get to enjoy the speed too with acceleration from 0-60 mph in than 3.5 seconds. The 2021 Lamborghini Urus is currently the fastest production SUV in the world.

3. 2021 Bentley Bentayga

Luxury has always been a top priority to Bentley, and the Bentayga model has been at the top of the heap when it comes to luxury SUVs and that’s greatly complimented by its powerful engines and great off-road gear. The 2021 Bentley Bentayga boasts a 6.0 liter twin turbo TSI W12 engine which cranks out 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. The luxury SUV is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds (0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds), with a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h), making the Bentayga not only one of the quickest, but also one of the fastest luxury SUVs on the market right now. In spite of the high price tag, this car recorded a huge sales turnover for Bentley in 2016 and became the brand’s most popular model in the process; that’s to show how much the model is regarded in the auto market, and perhaps boosted by the fact that it is a SUV.

2. 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

116-year old Rolls-Royce has come through with the 2021 model of the ultra-luxury SUV, Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Featuring a whopping 6.75-liter V12 engine, the vehicle produces 563 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque and the capability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The 5-seat capacity ensures that passengers enjoy as much comfort as they would love to with all good-looking interior designs. You can’t talk about luxury without talking about this vehicle because it is a great example of what a typical luxury SUV should look like. The 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan pricing starts at $330,000 USD (MSRP).

1. 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600

The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 represents a new form of luxury in the SUV market. The design of this vehicle is top-notch and the technical basis of the vehicle is of a top-class saloon car. The interior of this vehicle isn’t what we’ve seen in most of the luxury SUVs out there because even onlookers can guess it’s spacious by just looking at the massive body. The GLS 600 SUV features a 4.0L V8 biturbo with EQ Boost Engine that packs 550 horsepower and 730 Nm of torque (538 lb-ft) with the capability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Mercedes-Maybach has left no stone unturned, adding everything from a dedicated fragrance as part of the car’s AIR BALANCE package, to an interior synonymous with the Maybach partnership. The ultra-premium SUV also boast a lounge-like experience with reclining outer-rear seats, climatized massaging seats throughout, a panoramic sliding-tilting sunroof with an opaque roller blind as standard, and much more available as additional options. The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 SUV will run you back a cool $160,500 USD (MSRP).