The BMW X6 is one of the most dynamic luxury SUVs on the market. Technically, it’s marketed as an activity SUV. That’s really just a fancy way of saying that it has all the hallmarks of a performance automobile, along with plenty of luxury styling and the room you’d expect from an SUV. It’s definitely a special car, but it’s also good to have options. What if the X6 isn’t quite the right fit for you, but you like the concept of it all? Here are 20 cars similar to it. There is something for almost everyone here.
20. Audi Q7
This is a big vehicle. There is no doubt about that. In fact, it’s one of the largest performance SUVs out there. It has plenty of room and solid performance, but it also looks boxy compared to the BMW’s sleek design. There are several power options from which to choose. Considering the relatively small difference in price for the basic versus the tricked out version, you might as well go all out and enjoy. It’s important to remember that this car has the BMW beat on interior room (it can seat seven people) and rear cargo room. When it comes to performance and luxury amenities, the BMW wins every time.
19. Bentley Bentayga
The Bentley has a 4.0 liter engine, compared To the BMW's 4.4 liter version. It's true, the Bentley has a lot of interior space. It also has a smooth ride that makes you feel like you're driving along on glass and of course, it has more than its fair share of luxury amenities. The thing that might trip you up is the purchase price. Obviously, a Bentley is simply not within the price range of a lot of people and this one starts at $238,000. In addition, you have to pay extra for virtually every luxury amenity you want. Conversely, most of those features come standard on the BMW.
18. Infiniti QX80
One of the first things you want to remember here is that the BMW has a 4.4 liter engine. The Infiniti’s engine is considerably larger, at 5.6 liters. It also has more horsepower than the BMW. However, this car is a bit more expensive than the BMW. When it comes to size and performance, it does a really good job matching the BMW stride-for-stride. However, it doesn't come with some things that are now considered almost basic technology options like Apple Carplay. What it does come with is a serious ability to go off-roading in a major way. If you're looking for a luxury SUV that you can abuse on dirt roads and rocky outcroppings, this might be the one for you.
17. Land Rover Discovery
There are a couple of different ways to go with this particular automobile. You can start with the 233 horsepower model that costs just under $60,000. On the other hand, you can also upgrade to the Metropolitan Edition, a 355 horsepower behemoth that will cost you just a few dollars shy of $80,000. The car offers plenty in the way of overall performance as well as cargo space. However, it also comes with a third row option that really cuts down on its ability to hall major cargo. By the same token, the third row seats are in the very back of the vehicle. It's almost impossible for anyone but a small child to sit back there comfortably.
16. Jaguar E-Pace
This is a high-performance vehicle that comes with a whopping 246 horsepower, not to mention an ability to tow just about anything you care to pull. That's largely thanks to its 9-speed automatic transmission and the 269 foot-pounds of torque that come with it. Just in case you're curious, this is also an all-wheel drive vehicle. That makes it a good option for towing in inclement weather as well as off-roading, provided you're inclined to take a vehicle this valuable out into the middle of nowhere.
15. Lexus RX
There are a lot of things about this car that make it interesting. For starters, it’s a hybrid. That’s great news for anyone who is worried about the planet and wants to do their part, especially where these larger SUVs are concerned. You don’t have to worry about compromising power, either. This vehicle has a V6 capable of turning out 295 horsepower. There are also loads of trim options available. While the car has plenty of cargo space, there is a third row of seating that doesn’t exactly provide a lot of wiggle room.
14. Audi SQ5
If you want plenty of cargo space along with solid performance, here is one you just have to check out. It has 295 horsepower and more than enough room for you to haul all your weekend finds back to the house. It also has some of the best, most responsive handling of any car of its type.
13. Range Rover Evoque
The aerodynamic looks and powerful engine are what attract most buyers here. Its engine is a 2.0 liter turbocharged monster that provides 246 horsepower and 269 foot-pounds of torque. It comes standard with a 9-speed transmission and all-wheel drive. There is also plenty of cargo room and loads of luxury trim options available.
12. Mercedes Benz GLC Class
This looks like someone took a luxury car, beefed up its suspension, and sent it on its way. The truth of the matter is that this car seems to offer it all. It starts with a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that produces 255 horsepower. By the way, you get all of that with a 4-cylinder engine. The vehicle also features more than 56 cubic inches of cargo space. Luxury aficionados will love all the different trim options as well as the smooth-as-glass ride.
11. Maserati Levante
The basic model starts has a 350 horsepower engine that allows the car to go from 0-60 mph in just over seven seconds. Upgrade to the highest grade trim option available and you’ll get an eye-popping 430 horsepower that carries the car from 0-60 mph in about four seconds. There are many luxury trim options from which to choose. The car has excellent handling as well.
10. Porsche Macan
There is no question about it, this is a performance car that just happens to be able to haul cargo. It all starts with a 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 that can churn out an amazing 434 horsepower with relative ease. The car can go from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds and it has a top speed of 169 mph. Just in case you’re wondering, it also has a cargo volume of 53 cubic feet. What else could you wish for?
9. Porsche Cayenne
This vehicle tends to incorporate the good looks that Porsche has become synonymous with, yet it also manages to have some of the most impressive cargo space out of any automobile on this list. It almost seems impossible that all this could exist in one vehicle, yet here it is. The car’s 335 horsepower engine easily carries it to a top speed of 150 mph, enough to let your hair down so it can blow in the wind. If you’re curious, you can hit 60 mph from a stand-still in just 5.7 seconds. Of course, you have sport handling and all kinds of luxury options to enjoy. Somehow, this nimble little car offers an astonishing amount of cargo space, more than 60 cubic feet.
8. Mercedes Benz GLE Class
This one might be considered more for its luxury and out-of-this world cargo space than for its overall performance. Make no mistake about it, it’s not sluggish. It’s just that when compared to some of the other cars on this list, its performance specs aren’t quite as impressive. You can buy a 4.0 liter V8 that’s capable of producing 504 horsepower, but the base model is only able to produce 255 horses. That being said, this car really shines when you start thinking about cargo space. That’s because it offers more than 80 cubic feet, complete with an extra third row of seating.
7. BMW X5
The first thing you’ll notice about this car when you see it is that it’s big. Somehow, this massive vehicle manages to go from 0-60 mph in just over seven seconds. It’s largely due to an impressive inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 355 horsepower. In addition, you’ll be happy with all that space when it’s time to start hauling cargo. This one has more than 72 cubic feet.
6. Audi Q8
This automobile provides a solid mix of performance and style. It can be just as much at-home on the streets of a major city as it is hauling cargo or towing your RV. There are loads of luxury trim options available and the car itself offers a 3.0 liter V6 that can turn out 355 horses. It also features 60.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Pair it with an 8-speed automatic transmission and you get a classy looking vehicle that is capable of producing 369 foot-pounds of torque.
5. Mercedes Benz CLS Class
Okay, this is the one that most people would never believe would fit on this list, largely because it’s not even an SUV. It is, in fact, a performance sedan, but what a sedan it is. This car is a high performance hybrid that can go from 0-60 mph in an astonishing four seconds. It’s also capable of producing 355 horsepower and 369 foot-pounds of torque (just as much as its larger cousins). Last but not least, it’s a full-size performance coupe. It has more than enough room in the back (as well as the trunk) to haul most items. That makes it the perfect fit for someone who doesn’t want to give up all the benefits of driving an SUV, who also doesn’t care for the SUV body style.
4. Volvo XC90
This one has an engine that produces 250 horsepower and it can generate up to 258 foot-pounds of torque. It also has 65.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Amazingly, it can somehow do all of this while still getting roughly 36 miles per gallon. That’s pretty impressive for such a large SUV.
3. Land Rover Defender
Land Rover hasn’t made many changes to their overall body design in a number of years. This car still has a fairly boxy appearance, even when practically everything around it looks more sleek and aerodynamic. However, that doesn’t mean this vehicle isn’t a solid contender. In fact, it’s capable of seating up to eight people and it still has more than 70 cubic feet of storage space. It also has a powerful inline 6-cylinder engine that can generate more than 355 horses and pull virtually anything you can imagine. Still not convinced? It also comes with all-wheel drive and a suspension system sturdy enough to take practically anything you choose to send its way.
2. Tesla Model X
Yes, it’s a car. Clearly, it’s not an SUV. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on this list because it can still out-perform many of the SUVs you’ve been reading about. The thing that makes it truly special is that it’s all electric and can produce more than 250 horsepower from both its front and rear motors. That means it’s a real mover and shaker. The best part? It can also haul virtually anything, unless you decide to buy a whole living room set, thanks to its roomy back seat and trunk areas.
1. Range Rover Sport
This car has something for everyone. It’s a hybrid that is still capable of producing 355 horsepower. It also gets more than 38 miles per gallon (because it’s a hybrid). The car has loads of cargo room and more than 380 foot-pounds of torque. It also comes with a number of trim options. Just in case you’re still not sold, it can reach a top speed of 150 mph and go from 0-60 mph in less than six seconds.
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