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10 Cool SUVs You’ll Never See Off-Road

The upgraded versions of the regular cars were originally designed to handle the great outdoors and offer some off-road capabilities to make life a little easier. That was the thinking behind one of the original SUVs, the Jeep Wagoneer.


In the modern era, SUVs have taken a different path and become a highly desirable type of vehicle – one that offers plenty of space, greater safety and a higher ride height, allowing the driver to see better. Unfortunately, these cars are rarely taken off the beaten track. Manufacturers noticed this and built SUVs that rival sports cars and some supercars thanks to their aggressive power output. SUVs such as the Aston Martin DBX, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and the new Ferrari Purusangoy have off-road modes and are capable of driving in mud and ruts, but they are designed more for the conquest of concrete jungle than actual jungle. Another aspect of these cars, which is rarely seen off-road, is the fact that they are very expensive to purchase and maintain.

So, while the SUV was originally designed to conquer the great outdoors, most current models for sale likely won’t see any dirt track. With that said, here are ten of the coolest SUVs you’ll likely ever see off-road.

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10 Aston Martin DBX707

The Aston Martin DBX707 is a relatively new addition to the fast SUV class, but it has made it quite a bit. Unlike the regular DBX, the 707 features Dodge Durango Hellcat’s performance levels, all while keeping the passengers covered in premium leather and metallic. The 707 also gains the launch control system, which the regular DBX lacks – for some reason.

The DBX707 may have some off-road modes to do the dirt track stuff, but it’s highly designed to travel on a smooth tarmac at unbelievable speed. Think of it as a full-size 4-door limousine, but with an SUV body – just like the Bentley Bentayga, it’s just sporty.

9 Bentley Bentayga Speed

Speaking of which, the Bentayga is likely to be Aston Martin’s closest competitor in terms of performance and sportiness, although Bentley places a greater emphasis on luxury – but not quite as much as the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The Bentayga is a good middle ground, providing enough energy to re-rotate the young moon if necessary.

The Bentayga Speed ​​is the best car in its class, featuring an upgraded version of the popular 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine found on the Continental and Flying Spur. The engine delivers smooth power on the road, but will have ample torque to handle the great outdoors—if the owner dares to take the $260,000+ luxo-SUV off the road.

8 Lamborghini Urus

The Lamborghini Urus is the direct result of the burgeoning SUV trend, and the raging bull just didn’t want to let it go. So far, the Urus has been a huge success and will likely continue to be a success because it is a very practical and fast SUV.

The Urus is built on the same platform as the Bentley Bentayga – and a host of other VW products – so it shares its own powertrain with the V8 version. It’s a shame there’s no V10 or V12 in the Urus, but it can still pull the Audi RSQ8 equivalent – but only. Being a road-focused vehicle, owners rarely take it off-road – although the Urus has an off-road mode in the “Anima” mode selector.

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7 Range Rover Vogue Supercharged

Range Rover is the king of the luxury off-road SUV segment with class-leading terrain response systems and clever tools to prevent it from rolling over on rocks or drowning in a river. While the new Range Rover still needs independent testing, the previous generation had a good workout while in production.

Although Range Rover has the best all-terrain systems, it is rarely driven off-road – with many not leaving the city limits they are accustomed to. Unfortunately, the most off-road they do is the occasional sidewalk climb or drive up a steep driveway. It’s still a great car though.

6 Rolls Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the leader in its class in luxury. Rolls-Royce has taken the flagship Phantom and turned it into an SUV – fairly logical and efficient. As a result, the Cullinan is the most comfortable SUV on the market.

While Rolls-Royce showcased the Cullinan’s on-road capabilities, few owners would actually drive the $350,000 (before options) SUV in mud and rocks. Interestingly, in the UK owners use Cullinan cars to drive on their land, but most are grass or dirt drives, which leave some dust to clean up afterwards.

5 BMW X6 M.

The BMW X6 has never been so good at off-roading. The original X6 was only designed to create a new niche in the auto industry – which almost all automakers copied – and to drive sales of the X range even further.

The X6 M is a more road-oriented car that rival the likes of the Lamborghini Urus, Aston Martin DBX and Mercedes-Benz GLE63 AMG. Interestingly, the X6M is just as fast as a Lamborghini, while costing less than half the price.

4 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is the second innovation from the GT division of Porsche – the same people who built the Carrera GT – and is currently one of the fastest production supercars on the planet. What the GT division did, however, was take a regular Cayenne Turbo SE Hybrid and remove all the hybrid parts. Then they upped the engine and gave it a nice exhaust.

The result is an SUV that has less power than the Turbo S e-Hybrid it started with, but with less weight and a higher top speed. The Cayenne Turbo GT can outsmart the Lamborghini Urus and BMW X6M, while keeping passengers wrapped up in leather, Alcantara and a great V8 noise. The suspension is also set up for road use with sport-adhesive tires as standard – not very suitable for off-road.

3 Mercedes-Maybach GLS600

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 is the sparkling GLS to rival the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan. While it can’t come close to a Roller, it does a pretty good job of competing against a Bentley. The interior features nicer leather and more features than the standard GLS and the rear seats are fully adjustable, providing a comfortable and luxurious experience.

While the Mercedes-Maybach GLS is a more luxuriously oriented car, it retains all the off-road modes of the standard GLS — including the hilarious bouncing of it out of the sand. However, it’s rare to see a GLS – Maybach or not – off the beaten track. Even just seeing someone out of town is rare.

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2 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

The Jaguar F-Pace is an interesting take on an SUV as the lower-end model doesn’t even come with all-wheel drive. The F-Pace is based on the same platform as the Range Rover Wheeler, but it’s definitely more road-going than its Land Rover cousin.

The Top Specs F-Pace SVR It’s the best version of the car, featuring a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 and an exhaust sound loud enough to scare off AMGs. The SVR is a really cool car, but it will struggle off-road because of its off-road tires and sport suspension.

1 Ferrari Purosangui

The newly unveiled Ferrari Purosangue is a beautiful piece of Italian design. The car follows the same design language that was introduced with the Roma Coupe and continues the high-tech trend that Ferrari recently showcased. Purosangue’s masterpiece is, of course, the glorious 6.5-liter V12 under its gorgeous hood.

Interestingly enough, Ferrari designed the Purosangue to look like an SUV – but it isn’t. It’s wide and tall, but lower than a regular SUV, making it sporty and fast-looking. While it has the same all-wheel drive system that was introduced in the FF and GTC4Lusso, it probably isn’t the best off-road vehicle on the market. Then again, why bother going off-road when you can hear the V12 engine screaming on the highway?

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