Bread and butter medium SUVs might be one of the most popular segments in Australia right now, but more manufacturers are keen for a piece of the high-rider pie in whatever segment they can get a slice.
And that demand is paving the way for all kinds of niche and esoteric offerings, including ultra-luxurious versions that come with an equally astronomical price.
We’ve compiled a list of the most expensive SUVs you can buy in Australia now, what’s your pick of the bunch?
Rolls-Royce Cullinan - $695,000
They say that the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is actually a decent effort off-road (we haven’t been given one to try yet), but let’s be real: the place you’re most likely to see one of these behemoths is in Melbourne’s Toorak and Sydney’s Double Bay.
Think of all the best materials you can imagine in a car, and the Cullinan has them. Powered by a twin-turbocharged V12, it also goes faster than you thought a land-yacht of its size and heft ever could.
Bentley Bentayga - $481,400
Bentley was arguably one of the first luxury upmarket automakers to dive into SUVs, and ever since introducing its Bentayga luxo-barge in 2016, it has become one of the best sellers of the segment.
It may share a fair chunk of its mechanicals with the Audi Q7, but the Bentayga forges a path of its own by tuning and turning almost every aspect into a bespoke Bentley product.
Range Rover SVAutobiography – up to $403,670
As the humble Range Rover virtually invented the entire SUV category, how could it not feature on this list – especially considering the British manufacturer now offers a version worth over $400,000?
It doesn’t stop there either. Care for a two-tone $23,150 paint scheme? Perhaps quilted leather seats at $11,930 makes more sense… Either way, you could easily option up this beast to nigh-on half a million dollars. Yikes.
Lamborghini Urus - $390,000
One of the first SUVs that could potentially lay a claim to the ‘Sports’ aspect of its name, the Lamborghini Urus features a twin-turbo V8 and can go from 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds, or about the same as a Ferrari California.
The fact that it’s incredibly fast, beautifully appointed and is insanely expensive doesn’t seem to matter. The fact that it’s a Lamborghini and can now carry your family is all buyers will want to hear before snapping one up.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Coupe - $292,700
If you want an SUV that can still run rings around some sports cars, there’s few other options that do it more effectively than the Cayenne. This all-new Coupe version still packs the twin-turbo hybrid V8 of its wagon sibling that packs a bonkers 500kW/900Nm, all the while ushering you to your destination in utmost luxury.
Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 – expected $300,000
It was only a matter of time before Mercedes-Maybach turned its hand to fettling SUVs, and the GLS is the biggest, baddest high-rider in its catalogue – why wouldn’t you start there?
Maybach has transformed an already sumptuous interior into an opulent masterpiece using Nappa leather all-round, and real wood that has been aged for at least 10 years. We can’t wait to experience the S-Class ‘wafting’ ride in an SUV when it arrives Down Under.
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