When it comes to generously sized premium SUVs, the fun really begins at the $90k-$100k mark. Why? Because at this sweet spot, the choice of people-moving metal on offer is as diverse a melting pot as you’ll likely find at any other price point or broadly encompassing segment.
When talking prestigious big-SUV badge cache, there are two unavoidable anchor points. The first is the veritable upmarket SUV originator, the Range Rover, and buyers can slip into the Sport in relatively bare-boned 3.0 TDV6 S form for $91,754 (plus on-roads)
The other is BMW’s X5, a stalwart of German-badged, unibody-constructed luxury family haulers, spearheading the formula back in the ’90s when Mercedes-Benz’s ML-Class was a more rustic body-on-frame alternative and Audi was years away from its Q-branded SUVs.
Around since 2013 in this generation, you can slip into X5 territory for a little over $86K for the rear-driven sDrive 25d version, though the next-rung-up 2.0 xDrive 25d version for $91,155 (plus on-roads) – recently updated with added safety and tech – bring parity against the Range Rover and neatly sets a format with an exclusively all-wheel-driven, mostly diesel-powered eight-way field.
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