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10 SUVS That Are Much Faster Than They Look

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Ordinary-looking, practical cars are faster than ever before, and will only get more potent. Thanks to highly advanced technology and forward-thinking engineers, carmakers can create some of the most revered sleeper cars ever made. One of the fastest sleeper cars ever made, the BMW M5, is the perfect example. However, sleeper cars don’t just take shape as sedans, sleeper SUVs also exist.




There are some not-so-discreet performance SUVs on the market too, such as the Lamborghini Urus, Ferrari Purosangue, Aston Martin DBX, and Porsche Cayenne, but for this list, the spotlight is on less in-your-face family vehicles. While these SUVs are practical enough to take the kids to school, get groceries, and take the whole family on a road trip, they’re also capable of leaving most sports cars in the dust when it comes to light-or-light racing.

In order to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the data used to compile this article was sourced from various manufacturer websites and other authoritative sources, including Edmunds, Consumer Reports, and EPA. These fast SUVs are ranked based on their 0-60 mph times, from slowest to quickest.

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10 Cadillac Escalade V

0-60 MPH: 4.3 Seconds

Front 3/4 shot of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V
Cadillac


The Cadillac Escalade, once only known for being a presidential transportation form, finally went through puberty. The ultimate Escalade, the V, still hosts luxury amenities, such as a leather-wrapped interior with metal accents, a massive panoramic sunroof, and three-row seating, with the front seats being heated, cooled, and massaged. However, it gets a hand-built supercharged V-8 under its hood too.

Performance Specifications

Engine

supercharged 6.2-liter V-8

Transmission

10-speed automatic

Horsepower

682 hp

Torque

653 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

4.3 seconds

Top Speed

125 mph (limited)

Towing Capacity

7,000 lbs

Payload Capacity

1,330 lbs


(Specs sourced from Cadillac)

This gargantuan brick on four wheels isn’t just surprisingly quick with a 0 to 60 mph time of just over 4 seconds, but the Escalade V makes one hell of a noise getting there, as seen in the video below. Very few cars carry their weight as efficiently as the Escalade V.

Pros

  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Six-piston Brembo front brakes
  • AKG Studio Reference 36-speaker audio system

Cons

  • 6,217-pound curb weight
  • $152,295 MSRP

9 BMW X7 M60i

0-60 MPH: 3.8 Seconds

2022 Ametrin BMW X7 xDrive M60i
BMW


Considering BMW birthed some of the most unbelievable sleeper cars ever built, it’s no surprise the carmaker is also responsible for some of the fastest SUVs in history. Although BMW makes lightning-fast SUVs, like the BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X3 M Competition, these SUVs don’t hide their performance potential all too well. The recently facelifted M-light BMW X7 M60i on the other hand, does.

Performance Specifications

Engine

twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8+ mild-hybrid system

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

523 hp

Torque

553 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

3.8 seconds

Top Speed

130 mph (limited)

Towing Capacity

7,500 lbs

Payload Capacity

1,230 lbs


(Specs sourced from BMW)

The 2024 BMW X7 M60i is a brand-new trim level for the BMW X7 range, and now houses a 48-volt mild hybrid system that assists the twin-turbo V-8 to make the limousine SUV even lighter on its feet. If for some reason, the M60i’s 130 mph top speed isn’t satisfactory, you can always fork over more than $150,000 for the Alpina XB7 which can zoom up to 180 mph.

Pros

  • Air suspension with an adjustable range of 80mm
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound audio system
  • Plethora of technology on the inside

Cons

  • $110,900 MSRP
  • Questionable design
  • Quicker, more affordable BMW SUVs available

8 Audi RS Q8

0-60 MPH: 3.7 Seconds

Gray 2020 Audi RS Q8
Audi


If you’re not living underneath a rock, you’ll know that the Audi RS Q8 and Lamborghini Urus are mechanical twins, just with severely different price tags. A new Lamborghini Urus SUV starts at nearly $240,000, whereas the Audi RS Q8 carries a starting MSRP of $125,800. Yet, both vehicles share the same twin-turbo V-8 engine with slightly different power outputs and performance figures.

Performance Specifications

Engine

twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

591 hp

Torque

590 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

3.7 seconds

Top Speed

174 mph 190 mph (when fitted with ceramic brakes)

Towing Capacity

7,700 lbs

Payload Capacity

915 lbs


(Specs sourced from Audi)

The Audi RS Q8 managed to reach 60 mph from a dig in less than 4 seconds, unless you pay a few grand extra for a tune. With a polarizing exterior design and an eye-catching cabin space as well, the RS Q8 is one of the best daily drivers money can buy for less than $150,000.

Pros

  • Electric motors linked to stabilizer bars to combat body roll
  • All-wheel steering
  • 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround sound audio system

Cons

  • Audi RS6 Avant is quicker and cheaper
  • Coupe body style negatively impacts rear headroom

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7 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

0-60 MPH: 3.6 Seconds

Silver 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63
Mercedes-Benz


It’s no secret that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the most luxurious sedans money can buy. And with an increase in demand for SUVs, Benz created an SUV variant of the S-Class dubbed the GLS. As Mercedes does, the company also created an ultra-luxurious version called the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600, and an AMG-tuned high-performance variant branded the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63.

Performance Specifications

Engine

twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 + mild-hybrid system

Transmission

9-speed automatic

Horsepower

603 hp

Torque

627 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

3.6 seconds

Top Speed

174 mph (limited)

Towing Capacity

7,700 lbs

Payload Capacity

N/A


(Specs sourced from Mercedes-Benz)

For the 2024 model year GLS 63, Mercedes added a 48-volt hybrid system which helped with constant power distribution and brought emissions down somewhat. Despite its gigantic size, the V-8-powered GLS 63 manages to reach 60 mph from a standstill in just over three and a half seconds.

Pros

  • Three-row seating
  • Heated and cooled, electronically adjustable front seats with massage function
  • Heated second-row seating
  • Air suspension

Cons

  • $145,850 MSRP
  • 6,019-pound curb weight
  • Combined EPA-rated fuel economy figure of 16 MPG

6 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

0-60 MPH: 3.6 Seconds

A front 3/4 shot of a 2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo


The recently-updated Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV’s high-performance model, the Quadrifolgio, is severely underrated. On the one hand, this may be bad news for dealerships trying to sell these Italian SUVs, but on the other, this means that Stelvio QV owners catch everyone off guard when they mash the accelerator.

Performance Specifications

Engine

twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

505 hp

Torque

443 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

3.6 seconds

Top Speed

176 mph

Towing Capacity

N/A

Payload Capacity

N/A


(Specs sourced from Stellantis)

Just like the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio had a Ferrari-derived V-6 engine underneath its hood. And thanks to more than 500 horsepower, the all-wheel-drive Stelvio QV catapults from a standstill to 60 mph in merely 3.6 seconds.

Pros

  • Mechanical limited-slip differential
  • Front- and rear heated seats
  • $87,870 MSRP

Cons

  • No towing option
  • Consumer Reports Predicted Reliability Score of 30/100

5 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SV

0-60 MPH: 3.6 Seconds

2024 Range Rover Sport SV
Land Rover

Recently released, the Range Rover Sport EV Edition One is the quickest Land Rover product ever made. Between the BMW-sourced V-8 engine and hybrid system, the 2024 Range Rover Sport SV has more than 620 horsepower at its disposal.


Performance Specifications

Engine

twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 + mild-hybrid system

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

626 hp

Torque

553 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

3.6 seconds

Top Speed

180 mph

Towing Capacity

N/A

Payload Capacity

N/A

(Specs sourced from Land Rover)


Yet, the SV retains most of the base model Sport’s exterior design language, apart from the quad-exit exhaust tips and a handful of other touches. While some information, such as the towing capabilities for the new Range Rover Sport SV remains a blur, the carmaker claims a 3.6-second 0 to 60 mph time and a 180 mph top speed.

Pros

  • Brembo Carbon Ceramic Brakes with eight-piston calipers
  • 29-speaker Meridian Signature Sound System
  • All-wheel steering

Cons

  • $180,300 MSRP
  • Consumer Reports Predicted Reliability Score of 30/100

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4 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

0-60 MPH: 3.5 Seconds

2024 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat front three quarter
Dodge

Unfortunately, 2024 will be the last year you can buy a new Durango Hellcat. As its name implies, it shares the same powertrain found in the ultimate modern muscle car, the Challenger Hellcat; a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 with a whine that will make your ears tingle for days on end.


Performance Specifications

Engine

supercharged 6.2-liter V-8

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

710 hp

Torque

640 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

3.5 seconds

Top Speed

180 mph

Towing Capacity

8,700 lbs

Payload Capacity

1,590 lbs

(Specs sourced from Dodge)


But instead of finding its way into a muscular sedan or coupe, the Hellcat V-8 found its way into this massive six-seater SUV that’s been on the market for more than a decade. Despite the $95,995 MSRP, many cheaper, and more fuel-efficient alternatives to the Durango SRT exist, which makes its price tag seem difficult to justify.

Pros

  • Towing capability
  • Viscious sound

Cons

  • Combined EPA-rated fuel economy figure of 13 MPG
  • 5,710-pound curb weight

3 BMW XM

0-60 MPH: 3.4 Seconds

Black Sapphire Metallic BMW XM
BMW

The 2024 BMW XM is arguably one of the most expensive and hated modern BMW cars. Despite that, it’s also one of the most capable ones with a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 3.5 seconds, as confirmed by Car and Driver. It all comes down to the plug-in-hybrid SUV’s powertrain: a twin-turbo V-8 that’s assisted by a single electric motor.


Performance Specifications

Engine

twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 + electric motor

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

644 hp

Torque

590 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

3.4 seconds

Top Speed

155 mph (limited)

Towing Capacity

5,952 lbs

Payload Capacity

1,146 lbs

(Specs sourced from BMW)

While the even more powerful 738-horsepower BMW XM Label Red also exists, the lesser brother puts down the best acceleration time. Despite its 6,094-pound curb weight, the heinous-looking BMW XM still achieves a 0 to 60 mph time just shy of a Ferrari Enzo.


Pros

  • Combined EPA-rated fuel economy figure of 46 MPGe
  • 30 miles of electric range
  • Dashing interior design and finish

Cons

  • $159,000 MSRP
  • Combined EPA-rated fuel economy figure of 14 MPG (gasoline only)

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2 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S E Performance

0-60 MPH: 3.4 Seconds

2024 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S E Performance
Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is a direct competitor to the BMW X3 and Audi Q3, and the GLC 63 is the performance version thereof. For the 2024 model year, Mercedes’ spin on the AMG GLC 63 follows the same direction as the new C 63 – hybridization.


Performance Specifications

Engine

turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four + electric motor

Transmission

9-speed automatic

Horsepower

671 hp

Torque

752 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

3.4 seconds

Top Speed

171 mph (limited)

Towing Capacity

N/A

Payload Capacity

N/A

(Specs sourced from Mercedes-Benz)

As a result, the top-tier 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S E Performance ditches its previous V-8 powerplant for a hybrid-assisted turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Despite breaking tradition, the GLC 63 has 671 horsepower on tap, as well as 752 pound-feet of torque, and Mercedes claims it should achieve a 0 to 60 mph time of only 3.4 seconds.


Pros

  • Much more power than rivals
  • Latest MBUX infotainment system
  • Rear-wheel steering

Cons

  • Less aggressive exhaust noise than its predecessor
  • Six miles of electric range

1 Bentley Bentayga V-8

0-60 MPH: 3.3 Seconds

White Bentley Bentayga
Bentley

They say don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Most people think Bentleys only focus on crafting the most opulent vehicles in existence and with premium pricetags rivaling some of the most sought-after houses. However, that’s far from the truth. Although Bentleys are borderline limousines, they also pack a pulverizing amount of power.


Performance Specifications

Engine

twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

542 hp

Torque

568 lb-ft

Driveline

AWD

0-60 MPH

3.3 seconds

Top Speed

180 mph

Towing Capacity

7,716 lbs

Payload Capacity

N/A

(Specs sourced from Bentley)

The base model Bentley Bentayga, which houses a twin-turbo V-8, has 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. So, while you admire the distinguished design elements of the uber-luxurious Bentayga stopped next to you at the stop light, it disappears in the blink of an eye with its 3.3-second 0-60 mph time. If this isn’t the pinnacle of what a sleeper SUV is, what is?


Pros

  • Affluent cabin space with the finest woods, metals, and leather
  • Vast customization options
  • Ordinary design

Cons

  • $206,350 MSRP
  • Combined EPA-rated fuel economy figure of 16 MPG
  • Ordinary design, again

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