Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Five luxury SUVs arriving on stilts, with bulging engine bays and waistlines

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Driving one’s Phantom in the mud is sooo undignified, so next year Rolls will offer a Bentley Bentayga rival in the form of the Cullinan ‘all-terrain, high-sided vehicle’. (Not an SUV, apparently.) Power ‘ample’ thanks to a reworked version of the 6.7-litre V12 from the Phantom.

Audi Q8

Not a true SUV behemoth, thanks to tapered roofline and 33mm less bum overhang than Q7. Standard interior configuration will seat four in cool, designer comfort. Expect a tech-fest, including a hybrid powertrain; next-gen autonomy and connectivity. Yours in 2018.


The X5 may have steadily expanded over the course of three generations, but it remains a 5+2. Here’s the true seven-adult fix, due next year, and powered by a range inline six / V8 diesel and petrol engines. Also tipped is a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 version making 440kW/800Nm.

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet

If you’re the lobotomised dictator of a nation with no roads, here’s your ride: a twin-turbo V12 beast lavishly equipped with a folding roof, massage seats, aircraft tables, 10-inch screens and temperaturecontrolled cupholders. Seriously.

Lamborghini Urus

Shares a platform with Q7/Cayenne/ Bentayga, but will be lighter thanks to part-carbonfibre body and more aluminium. Shuns the company’s atmo-hero policy for a torque-rich 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. Will wear ‘world’s fastest SUV’ tag thanks to 315km/h top whack. Due Q1, 2018.