There have always been a handful of quick SUVs on the market, but as of 2020, their numbers have increased dramatically. Why are fast SUVs suddenly out in droves? Consumers love crossovers now more than ever. Many of the automakers throwing their hat in the ring recently were previously known for making luxury sedans and sports cars. To get caught up, take a look at this list of the fastest SUVs for 2020.
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV is both large and impressive to witness on the road. But it's even more impressive when you realize it has a 6.75-liter V12 engine that can rocket it from zero to 60 in five seconds. The V12 makes about 563 horsepower, which ends up being plenty to move the Cullinan's hefty frame. Inside, you'll enjoy plenty of insulation to keep out the road noise as well as plush upholstery and other luxury amenities typical of Rolls-Royce.
Inside the Rolls-Royce Cullinan
The Audi SQ5 is a luxury compact SUV geared towards families with a reasonable price tag of $52,400. It features a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 354 horsepower and can go zero to 60 in five seconds flat. Despite its crossover status, the SQ5 has a very car-like build and design. Its sharp handling and maneuverability make it easy to forget that it's an SUV at all when you're zipping through city streets in any kind of weather with its all-wheel-drive format.
The Jaguar I-PACE is Jaguar's sexy entry into the electric vehicle market. While it looks like a tall coupe rather it is indeed classified as a SUV. And it's quick too. The I-PACE S will get you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds on all-electric power, giving more established electric competitors like Tesla, a run for the money.
Inside the Jaguar I-PACE S
Another reasonably-priced, yet fast SUV is the Dodge Durango SRT. Dodge is well-known for making muscle cars, and the Durango SRT benefits from a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that puts out 475 horsepower and gets to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.4 seconds. The Durango is also no slouch off-road with a limited-slip differential and a tuned suspension. The price tag is attractive at just under $63,000.
Inside the Dodge Durango SRT
The Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 also ranks fairly low in comparison to other fast SUVs with a zero to 60 time of 4.3 seconds, but its 375-horsepower engine is plenty to move its small frame. This luxury subcompact SUV handles impressively with a sport-tuned transmission and upgraded suspension, plus it offers ample tech and other nice features to make it appealing. The price tag is also pretty appealing at under $55,000.
Inside the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45
The Range Rover Sport SVR may be a bit slower than some of the SUVs in this list with a zero to 60 time of 4.3 seconds, but it makes up for it by being well-rounded and quite capable off-road. To get the 5.0-liter V8 engine that puts out 575 horsepower, you'll have to get one of the three top trims. However, you'll also get many luxury features, an electronic air suspension and a beefy off-road setup.
Inside the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR
If you're looking for a buff Mercedes SUV that is both fast and family-friendly, then the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S is an excellent choice in nearly every category. The GLE 63 S can get up to 60 mph from a stop in 4.1 seconds thanks to its turbocharged V8 engine that puts out 577 horsepower. The interior is roomy and comfortable with the luxury touches you'd expect from Mercedes. Add in plenty of safety features and all-wheel drive and this one is hard to beat, even for six figures.
2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S interior.
The Jaguar F-Pace SVR can do zero to 60 in 4.1 seconds, thanks to a 550-horsepower, supercharged V8 engine. However, you can get lesser F-Pace models with more than one powertrain, including a more practical and efficient turbodiesel. The F-Pace boasts sporty exterior styling, agile handling and luxury trappings inside. Unlike many SUVs on this list, it can be had for less than three figures at just under $80,000.
Inside the Jaguar F-Pace SVR interior.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is actually one of the more affordable entries in the fast luxury SUV segment. Its price range hangs just below $80,000. For that, you'll get a 505-horsepower engine that can boost it from zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds. The handling on the Stelvio is equally impressive as it carves corners in the manner of Alfa Romeo's other sports cars and sports sedans. Signature luxury trappings are available inside and out.
Inside the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
The BMW X6 M is plenty fast with a zero-to-60 speed of four seconds, but its practicality doesn't compare as well to many other SUVs in this category thanks to its small cargo area and somewhat cramped rear seats. Aside from these downsides, the X6 M offers a twin-turbo V8 engine that makes 567 horsepower, plus a ultra-crisp handling thanks to sport-inspired suspension, performance brakes and an all-wheel drive system to round things out.
The Bentley Bentayga W12 stands out among the rest of the fast SUVs thanks to its impressive engine specs. This is a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine that puts out 600 horsepower and can get the Bentayga from zero to 60 in four seconds flat. The six-figure price tag gets you an SUV that is unmistakably a Bentley, from its front end styling to the luxury trappings inside. You can also equip it with just about anything you want for an additional price. It's worth mentioning that this Bentley rides on the same platform as the Lamborghini Urus, since both luxury brands are owned by Volkswagen Group.
Inside the Bentley Bentayga W12.
Known for making quick-handling luxury sedans and coupes, it's not surprising that BMW has hit the crossover segment hard with some fast SUVs. One of these is the X5 X5 M Competition. This luxury SUV features a twin-turbocharged V8 with 617 horsepower and all-wheel-drive to get you where you need to go. The interior is packed with luxury amenities to make it family and passenger-friendly while it takes you from zero to 60 MPH in under 3.7 seconds.
BMW X5 M Competition interior.
The Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 may be large and boxy, but it's still quick. With a 577-horsepower V8 engine, the G 63 can hit 60 from a standstill in 3.9 seconds. The standard luxury SUV's six-figure price will get you all-new interior comfort and amenities as well as a full complement of all-terrain tech. It may not be the most practical SUV out there, but it's plenty powerful, plenty roomy and will probably get you anywhere you want to go, whether off or on road.
Inside the Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63.
The Maserati Levante Trofeo has been around for a few years when Maserati decided to ride the crossover wave. It offers a zero to 60 speed in 3.9 seconds with the power of a twin-turbo V8 that puts out 590 horsepower. Bold exterior styling reveals the Levante Trofeo's exotic car heritage while the interior includes the quality and luxury details that you would expect from Maserati. The top trim was totally redone for 2019.
2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo interior.
Mercedes has plenty of entries on this list as it consistently makes luxury SUVs that don't lack for power. The Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S offers a 503-horsepower engine that can rocket from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The ride is smooth and refined and the exterior styling is very car-like. The only downside to the GLC 63 S is that the interior space is a bit cramped compared to others in the luxury crossover class.
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S interior.
One of the original models on this growing list of performance CUVs, Porsche's Cayenne Turbo is actually a well-rounded SUV despite its raw acceleration numbers. The Cayenne Turbo can go zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds, and it comes with a twin-turbo 541-horsepower V8 engine. As a luxury midsize SUV, the Cayenne has tons of high-tech amenities and an upscale interior to help justify its $124,600 price tag. The exterior is clearly Porsche with a curvy front end and slanted headlights.
Inside the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
If you've ever wondered whether you can buy a Lamborghini crossover, the answer is finally yes. The $200,000 Urus offers a 641-horsepower V8 engine that can hit a top speed of 190 mph. It can also go zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds. The Urus also looks the part with an aggressive front end style, oversized wheels and a sloped roof to show its sports-car heritage. Inside, you'll find SUV practicality that belies its tidy exterior proportions.
Inside the Lamborghini Urus.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk may not look as powerful as it is, since it is after all, a Jeep. But it's one of the fastest SUVs on the market. With a 707-horsepower Hemi V8 engine, the Trackhawk can hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. A performance suspension and larger brakes enable it to handle all the extra power. But the Trackhawk isn't just fast, it's also one of the best two-row SUVs for families -- if you're ok with spending nearly $90,000 on a Jeep.
Inside th Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
The Tesla Model X Performance is an all-electric SUV that can seat up to seven people, has crazy falcon-wing doors, and can go zero to 60 in 2.7 seconds - handily beating all other SUVs. It's not cheap, but also not crazy expensive, starting at around $100,000. If you're looking for Ludicrous performance (yes, that's actually what they call it), this is the one to check out.
Inside the Tesla Model X.