This is an open category in terms of price but the cut-off point is a 0-100kmh time of 5.0 seconds. We use the manufacturers claimed times for the criteria.
There are a couple of notable exclusions as a result of this rule. The surprisingly fast and smooth Genesis GV70 3.5T Sport and the Audi SQ5 TDi Quattro both with a claimed time of 5.1 seconds. But there had to be a cut-off point somewhere. Note that I would happily own either of these cars.
Surprisingly it’s a heavily contested segment with the sports SUV replacing sports saloons and coupes in popularity over the last few years.
There is a long list of possible nominees and in the final article we list them and their 0-100kmh times.
Outright speed isn’t the sole criteria, as often to lose a few tenths of a second in 0-100kmh time the prices escalates exponentially. Likewise top speed is purely theoretical in Australia with our speed laws.
Affordability, smoothness and the ease of living with the SUV every day also play an important part in the decision. Getting this list down to three nominees is almost impossible
Our final three nominees are:
- Audi RSQ3
- Jaguar F-PACE SVR
- Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Here is the full list of the Sports SUVs that we chose from. Its a list of 0-100kmh times for comparison.
|Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio||3.8 Sec||$147,950||3.0L V6||Petrol||283 kmh||375kW @ 6500rpm||600Nm @ 2500-5000rpm|
|Aston Martin DBX||4.5 Sec||$356,512||4.0L V8||Petrol||291 kmh||405kW @ 6500rpm||700Nm @ 2200-5000rpm|
|Audi SQ2||4.9 Sec||$65,300||2.0L 4 CyL||Petrol||250 kmh*||221kW @ 6500rpm||400Nm @ 2000-5200rpm|
|Audi RSQ3 Sportback||4.5 Sec||$95,900||2.5L 5 Cyl||Petrol||250 kmh*||294kW @ 7000rpm||480Nm @ 1950-5850rpm|
|Audi SQ5 Sportback||5.1 Sec||$112,500||3.0L V6||Diesel||250 kmh*||251kW @ 3950rpm||700Nm @ 1750-3250rpm|
|Audi SQ7||4.8 Sec||$162,377||4.0L V8||Diesel||250 kmh*||320kW @ 4750rpm||900Nm @ 1250-3250rpm|
|Audi SQ8||4.8 Sec||$166,500||4.0L V8 TT||Diesel||250 kmh*||320kW @ 4750rpm||900Nm @ 1250-3250rpm|
|Audi RSQ8||3.8 Sec||$213,900||4.0L V8 TT||Petrol||250 kmh*||441kW @ 6000rpm||800Nm @ 2200-4500rpm|
|Bentley Bentayga Speed||3.9 Sec||$514,200||6.0L W12||Petrol||306 kmh||467kW @ 5000rpm||900Nm @ 1750-4500rpm|
|Bentley Bentayga||4.5 Sec||$378,600||4.0L V8||Petrol||290 kmh||404kW @ 6000rpm||770Nm @ 2000-4500rpm|
|BMW X2 M35i||4.9 Sec||$73,900||2.0L 4 CyL||Petrol||250 kmh*||225kW @ 6250rpm||450Nm @ 1750-4500rpm|
|BMW X3 M40i||4.8 Sec||$115,471||3.0L 6 Cyl||Petrol||250 kmh*||285kW @ 6500rpm||500Nm @ 1800-5000rpm|
|BMW X5 M50i||4.3 Sec||$157,900||4.4L V8||Petrol||250 kmh*||390kW @ 6000rpm||750Nm @ 1800-4600rpm|
|BMW X6 M Competition||3.8 Sec||$218,900||4.4L V8||Petrol||250 kmh*||460kW @ 6000rpm||750Nm @ 1800-5800rpm|
|Genesis GV70 3.5T AWD Sport||5.1 Sec||$83,276||3.5L V6T||Petrol||250 kmh*||279kW @ 5800rpm||530Nm @ 1300-4500rpm|
|Jaguar F-PACE SVR||4.0 Sec||$145,146||5.0L V8 SC||Petrol||286 kmh||405kW @ 6500rpm||700Nm @ 3500-5000rpm|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT||4.9 Sec||$97,450||6.4 L V8||Petrol||258 kmh||344kW @ 6250rpm||624Nm @ 4100rpm|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk||3.7 Sec||$140,450||6.2L V8 SC||Petrol||289 kmh||522kW @ 6000rpm||868Nm @ 4800rpm|
|Lamborghini Urus||3.6 Sec||$391,968||4.0L V8||Petrol||305 kmh||478kW @ 8000rpm||850Nm @ 2250-4500rpm|
|Maserati Levante Trofeo||4.1 Sec||$298,990||3.8L V8 TT||Petrol||302 kmh||433kW @ 6250rpm||730Nm @ 2500-5000rpm|
|Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG S||4.3 Sec||$115,294||2.0L 4 Cyl T||Petrol||265 kmh||310kW @ 6750rpm||500Nm @ 5000-5250rpm|
|Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG||4.9 Sec||$130,724||3.0L V6 TT||Petrol||250 kmh*||287kW @ 6000rpm||520Nm @ 2500-4500rpm|
|Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG S||3.8 Sec||$185,325||4.0L V8 TT||Petrol||280 kmh||375kW @ 6250rpm||700Nm @ 1750-4500rpm|
|Mercedes-Benz GLE63 AMG S||3.8 Sec||$242,290||4.0L V8 TT||Petrol||280 kmh||450kW @ 6500rpm||850Nm @ 2500-4500rpm|
|Mercedes-Benz GLS63 AMG||4.2 Sec||$277,522||4.0L V8 TT||Petrol||250 kmh*||450kW @ 6500rpm||850Nm @ 2500-4500rpm|
|Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS600||4.9 Sec||$378,297||4.0L V8 TT||Petrol||250 kmh*||410kW @ 6500rpm||730Nm @ 2500-4500rpm|
|Mercedes-Benz G-Class G63 AMG||4.5 Sec||$314,897||4.0L V8 TT||Petrol||220 kmh||430kW @ 6000rpm||850Nm @ 2500-3500rpm|
|Porsche Macan GTS||4.3 Sec||$129,800||3.0L V6 TT||Petrol||272 kmh||324kW @ 6600rpm||550Nm @ 1900-5600rpm|
|Porsche Macan S||4.8 Sec||$105,800||3.0L V6 TT||Petrol||259 kmh||280kW @ 6700rpm||520Nm @ 1850-5000rpm|
|Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT||3.3 Sec||$336,100||4.0L V8 TT||Petrol||300 kmh||471kW @ 6000rpm||850Nm @ 2300-4500rpm|
|Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid||3.8 Sec||$299,300||4.0L V8 TT||Hybrid||295 kmh||404kW @ 6000rpm||770Nm @ 2100-4500rpm|
|Porsche Cayenne Turbo||3.9 Sec||$262,200||4.0L V8 TT||Petrol||286 kmh||404kW @ 6000rpm||770Nm @ 2000-4500rpm|
|Range Rover Sport SVR||4.5 Sec||$253,395||5.0L V8 SC||Petrol||283 kmh||423kW @ 6500rpm||700Nm @ 3500-5000rpm|
*Top speed is electronically limited to 250kmh
Audi RSQ3 – Audi introduced the RSQ3 in late 2020, first in Quattro SUV version then later in the elegant Sportback style.
RSQ3 Sportback has it all, style, grace and pace
Audi RSQ3 Model Range
There are two models the SUV style priced at $96,200 MLP* and the Sportback style priced at $99,200 MLP* More information can be found HERE
There is one engine the sublime 294kW/480Nm 2.5 TFSI turbo five-cylinder also used in the Audi RS3. Of course it comes with Quattro drive and a seven speed sports automatic dual clutch transmission.
The award is for both models.
Audi RSQ3 General Thoughts
The RSQ3 is good looking in SUV design and elegant in Sportback design. My favourite is the Sportback, it’s a coupe style that has grace and presence.
A pleasant surprise is how well equipped the RS Q3 comes a standard
This includes 21-inch alloy wheels and a standard RS sport exhaust system, in addition to new three-dimensional honeycomb grille, black exterior styling package, metallic paint, privacy glass for its rear windows and Matrix LED headlights with dynamic indicators in bespoke RS dark-tinted surrounds.
Inside the RSQ3 continues Audi tradition of exemplary cockpits. It has everything you need and is deliberately driver focussed.
RS Sports leather seats with stitched quilted face, are supportive and comfortable, The 12.3 inch virtual cockpit allows for RS mode and the central screen set up allows clear and precise information for the driver.
There are little comfort features such as 3-zone climate control and the 40:20:40 split rear seat that also slides fore and aft for added versatility. Boot space is good in both, but the sloping roofline in the Sportback does limit it a touch.
The Audi RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback is equipped with sophisticated safety assistance systems, including adaptive cruise assist, 360-degree camera, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic assist, hill descent control and hill hold assist. Other safety features include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection and direct tyre pressure monitoring
Infotainment and connectivity is catered for by MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System (15 speakers, 680 watts).
Also included is the convenience of wireless charging with Audi phone box light, Audi smartphone interface (Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay), 4 USB outlets (2x front and 2x rear) and Audi connect plus services.
Audi RSQ3 Engine and Drivetrain
The beating heart of the RSQ3 is a sublime 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, developing 294kW of power and peak torque of 480Nm.
This will propel the RSQ3 from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds, assisted by quattro all-wheel drive and the fast-shifting seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission. It will top out at an electronically limited 250kmh. Not that we will ever be able to see that on Australian roads unfortunately.
With two new RS-specific Audi Drive Select modes, RS sport suspension with damper control, progressive steering and wheel-selective torque control, the RS Q3 also delivers incredible dynamic performance.
Sheer performance doesn’t give the RSQ3 full credit. It changes from an urban SUV to a howling beast. It’s also easy to potter around town like a normal SUV.
RSQ3 is deceptively quick. It’s so quiet and smooth that sometimes you don’t realise how quick it is.
The other thing that the 5 cylinder engine provides is aural delight. The exhaust note is music to the ears.
Audi RSQ3 Final Thoughts
Audi RSQ3 is a performance bargain
It becomes a part of you and has a playful personality.
It looks good, goes fast when asked, and is economical and not too expensive.
It’s not the fastest SUV we have tested, but it perhaps has the best balance between style, performance and price.
What more could you ask for.
What is good?
What is not so good?
Audi RS Q3 Sportback 2.5L Quattro
|Model Price||$99,200 MLP*|
|Engine||2.9L 5 Cyl TFSI|
|Drivetrain||7 Sp DCT QUATTRO|
|Power||294kW @ 7, 000rpm|
|Torque||480Nm @ 1,900- 5,850rpm|
|Economy ADR/ Capacity||8.9L/100km / 11.7L/100K on test / 63L|
|0-100kmh/Top Speed||4.5 Seconds Top speed 250kmh|
|Servicing||Audi Service program 12mths/15,000km|
|Warranty||5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist|
|Behind the Wheel||9|
|Ride and Handling||10|
|Fit for Purpose||9|
|Street credibility / design||10|
|Technology / connectivity||9|
|Value for Money||9|
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Finalist
In the world of sports SUVs the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio stands almost apart from all the others.
Here is an AWD SUV that is both beautiful to look at and beautiful to drive. It certainly attracted plenty of attention and compliments about its design when I was out and about.
Starting from a touch under $148,000, plus the usual costs, the range-topping Quadrifoglio boasts a powerful 2.9L V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine delivering power of 375kW and torque of 600 Nm, it has a top speed of 283 km/h and will race from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds.
Figures tell you one thing, driving tells us another. While many sports SUVs with that kind of performance tend to be a bit brutal in delivery, the Alfa is all smoothness and finesse.
In fact the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is deceptively quick, the acceleration, when you plant the right foot is exhilarating and there is a sharp raspy exhaust note.
The closest to The Stelvio Quadrifoglio in terms of price performance ratio and smoothness is the Jaguar F-PACE SVR, which is also beautiful in design.
In the week I had the Stelvio I absolutely loved driving it. You also have to pay a LOT more to get anything faster and that’s saying something. Your talking Lamborghini Urus which is almost three times the price.
What is good?
What is not so good?
Jaguar has added the delicious SVR version to its successful F-PACE range.
It shares much of the same architecture as the glorious F-Type all packaged in a beautiful shape that seems to get the design balance just right.
Jaguar SVR brings with it a host of performance additions, exterior modifications and interior trim. The main one however is the delicious 405 Kw 5.0L supercharged V8.
Technology includes Adaptive dynamics, on demand AWD with Adaptive Surface Response, Variable Valve Active Exhaust System plus a host more.
Let’s get to the performance. The SVR will rocket from 0-100kmh in 4.3 seconds and will top out north of 280kmh. This produces power of 405 kW @ 6500rpm and torque of 700Nm @ 3500-5500rpm. The engine is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission and torque on demand all-wheel drive.
The chassis dynamics handled everything asked of it without fuss, the sound of the exhaust is awesome.
The balance between steering input and throttle input allows the driver to revel in the responsiveness and balance.
In short the SVR is the complete package for Sport SUV driving engagement.
Priced from a bit over $140,000 plus the usual costs it’s not for everyone but those that do buy one will not be disappointed.
What is good?
What is not so good?
*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)