Super SUV group test

Think the modern premium SUV is many things, but not a sports car? Think again. 

Here, we’re testing three models that boast a minimum of 300bhp, plus incisive handling whatever the road surface, while keeping intact all the luxury and practicality buyers know and love.

Even the least powerful of the trio, the turbocharged Audi SQ5, has 349bhp from its 3.0-litre V6 engine; the Range Rover Velar P380’s supercharged V6 has 375bhp and the Porsche Macan Turbo delivers a whopping 434bhp in Performance Package guise. 

They’re expensive, particularly the latter two, but which is the most convincing?

Super SUVs: Find out which of these mega-powerful 4x4s we rated highest. From left to right: Range Rover Velar, Audi SQ5, Porsche Macan Of the trio, the Porsche Macan is the best to drive. Not surprising when you consider the German brand's background for making fine-handing sports cars The Audi SQ5 showcased plenty of grip in our handing report However, the Range Rover Velar was a little top-heavy in the bends For interior wow factor, the Range Rover Velar - seen here with a fetching ivory-coloured interior - stands out most The Audi SQ5 had the best combination of simplicity and quality The Macan most felt like a race car on stilts The rear leg-room victory went to the Range Rover Velar, which offers the most comfort to back-row passengers The Audi's infotainment system is the most clinical to use The Audi SQ5 also had the best boot of the three While the Porsche Macan is undoubtedly the best to drive and the Range Rover Velar will get the most looks, the unsung hero of the three is the Audi SQ5 - the winner of this test

Audi SQ5 

Rating:

Specification: SQ5 3.0 V6 TFSI quattro

Engine: 6cyl, 2995cc, turbo, petrol

List price: £51,200

Target Price: £49,584

Power: 349bhp @ 5400-6400rpm

Torque: 369Ib ft @ 1370-4500rpm 

0-60mph: 5.4sec

Top speed: 155mph

Claimed fuel economy: 34.0mpg

True MPG: 24.6mpg

CO2 emissions: 189g/km

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