The Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is a category of motor vehicles that combine elements of road-going passenger cars with features from off-road vehicles, such as raised ground clearance, four-wheel drive, and many more. Over the years, we’ve been fortunate enough to witness the evolution of these vehicles into the road monsters that they are today. Unsurprisingly, manufacturers are now beginning to implement some of the tech features that can only be found on luxury cars into SUVs, and rightly so. The thought of having a sport vehicle in a bigger, family-size shape is something that excites a lot of people. With the growing demand for these Sport Utility Vehicles every year, it’s no surprise that prices keep going up. However, most people don’t mind, because the important thing to them is getting the best value for the money they churn out.
The SUV usage varies between countries, and one of the major advantages of this vehicle type is that it can be driven over rough terrains. It can serve its purpose both on normal roads and on the most unusual ground surface such as dunes, ravines, swamps, rocky mountains, etc. SUVs – which are usually All-Wheel Drive (AWD), also referred to as Four-Wheel Drive, 4WD or 4×4 – used to be built for just practicality and capability, not speed; however, things have changed up in this day and age.
Superfast monsters in the form of SUVs are now being produced, and the competition between automobile manufacturers keep waxing stronger; so strong that even automakers that are known for making only luxury sports coupes and roadsters have entered the SUV market battling for supremacy.
Below is our list of the top 10 fastest SUVs in the world in 2021.
10. 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR (176 MPH)
If there’s any company whose basic focus is solely on off-road vehicles with strong off-road capabilities, that company is Land Rover. The brand’s 2021 model of the popular Range Rover Sport SVR edition is powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine which cranks out an industry-best 575 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. With a top speed of 176 mph, this road monster can complete 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds, making it one of the fastest SUVs around. The car comes with a black contrast roof and pixel LED headlights with signature DRL to give you the sense of protection you need whenever you’re driving at night. Other features include bright metal pedals, blind spot monitor, 360 parking aid, three-zone climate control, and traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter among many others.
9. 2021 BMW X5 M Competition (177 MPH)
BMW is famous for producing luxury vehicles and if your taste is a mix of luxury and performance, then the 2021 X5 M Competition should be your go-to SUV. The car is powered by the brand’s most powerful V8 engine; a 4.4-litre M TwinPower that cranks out an industry-high 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The SUV which is priced above the $100,000 mark has a top speed of 177 mph with many thinking the price is justified by the wonderful features that come with it.
8. 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat (180 MPH)
The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat joins our list today, not only as the fastest, but as the most powerful large size SUV on the market in 2021. The three-row SUV features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that cranks out an insane 710 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm and 645 pound-feet @ 4,300 rpm. The 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat is capable of accelerating from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, and it has a top speed of 180 mph. A towing capacity of 8,700 pounds also makes this monster full-size SUV one of the most capable SUVs on the market today.
7. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (180 MPH)
Old is gold any day and the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is here to prove that to us all. Every year, we’ve been fortunate enough to see the evolution of this Jeep Grand Cherokee model as it has now become a household SUV model in the autos industry. Under the hood of the 2021 Jeep Grand is a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine that churns out 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. Supporting this supercharged engine are a Launch Control System and Brembo brakes that offer great stopping power. This powerful SUV can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a quick 3.5 seconds and caps it all with a top speed of 180 mph.
6. 2021 Aston Martin DBX (181 MPH)
Debuting this year is Aston Martin’s first SUV ever and there’s no better time to introduce this 5-seater SUV to the public than now. The new Aston Martin DBX is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine that produces a maximum torque of 700Nm and a huge 542bhp. It might not be as fast as the other SUVs on this list but it still has a top speed of 181 and 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The DBX is not a bad first Aston Martin’s DBX but there’s always room for improvements and we hope to see a lot of them next year.
5. 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid (183 MPH)
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E Hybrid is the first hybrid SUV to feature on this list. The powerful SUV runs on a twin-turbocharged V8 engine/ E-machine that produces a combined maximum horsepower of 670hp and combined maximum torque of 663lb-ft. A top speed of 183 mph is further complemented by 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds with the help of a Sport Chrono Package. A powerful luxury SUV it is and it justifies its price tag of $163,200 USD excluding taxes and delivery fees.
4. 2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo (187 MPH)
Italy’s Maserati makes an appearance with the 2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo which is powered by a Ferrari-built 3.8-litre turbocharged V8 engine. 580 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque are delivered by the engine. The luxury high-performance SUV 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.
3. 2021 Audi RS Q8 (190 MPH)
If you’re familiar with the Audi brand, you’ll know how much effort they put into making sure their cars reflect their most important value; luxury. The new 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. The SUV can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and with a high speed of 190 mph, you can bet that it’s indeed one of the fastest SUVs in the game. Some of the standard features include a top-view camera system, Audi active lane assist with an emergency assist, adaptive cruise assist and many more.
2. 2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed (190 MPH)
This is by a country mile, the fastest SUV ever made by Bentley. The 2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed boasts a 6.0-litre twin-turbo TSI W12 engine which produces 626 bhp and 900 Nm 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 it not only one of the quickest, but also one of the fastest luxury SUV models you can buy right now.
1. 2021 Lamborghini Urus (190 MPH)
The 2021 Lamborghini Urus is currently the fastest SUV in the world. This Italian beast is the first Super SUV in the world to merge the soul of a super sports car with the functionality of an SUV. The 2021 Urus features a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine which pumps out 641 horsepower and 850 Nm of torque. The insane high-performance luxury SUV is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 190 mph.