Fastest SUVs in the world 2022

We run through the fastest 4x4s and SUVs on sale right now

Gone are the days when SUVs were lumbering and slow. With huge advances in weight-reduction and drivetrain technology, even the biggest 4x4s can now compete with the likes of Lamborghini and McLaren when it comes to acceleration. Much like a supercar however, the performance of these ultra fast SUVs comes at a price, with the cheapest on our list of the fastest SUVs costing around £65,000.

Thanks to boxy design and general all-round bulk, even the average SUV wages a constant war against the laws of physics. What these top-performing models show is that a portly kerb weight and garden shed aerodynamics are no obstacle to some serious hustle, as long as enough raw power is applied. Just don’t mention the fuel economy.

SUVs are more popular than ever and almost every high-end manufacturer is offering a performance version of their SUV creations. Bentley’s Bentayga, the Lamborghini Urus and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo mean there are a lot of choices out there. We’ve also got newcomers like Aston Martin and Ferrari joining in and an all-electric option in the shape of the Tesla Model X

Below we’ve ranked the top 10 fastest SUVs on sale in reverse order according to their official 0-62mph acceleration time. This works out as a better measure of pace as top speeds tend to be electronically limited, and acceleration has more relevance to real-world driving for owners of these mighty behemoths.

Below you’ll find our list of the fastest production SUVs of the moment in reverse order…

Maserati Grecale Trofeo

  • 0-62mph: 3.8s
  • Top speed: 177mph 

While you’ll see a growing number of all-electric cars on this list, the new-for-2022 Maserati Grecale Trofeo has a new petrol engine - a rarity these days. A version of the twin-turbocharged V6 conceived for the Maserati MC20 supercar, it does without an exotic dry sump, but still manages a healthy 523bhp and 610Nm of torque. 

Channelled to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox, it’s enough to see the Italian SUV propel its way from a standing start to 62mph in a convincing 3.8 seconds. There are no electronic limiters here either – the Maser won’t stop gaining speed until the  invisible wall of rushing air at 177mph won’t let it go any faster. 

BMW X5 M/X6 M Competition

  • 0-62mph: 3.8s
  • Top speed: 180mph 

Both the original X5 and X6 were pioneers in their own right. While the X5 showed BMW could make an SUV with surprisingly car-like handling, the X6 heralded the rise of the coupe-SUV class. 

Since then, BMW’s M division has tinkered with both, and the current versions are among the fastest SUVs in the world. Competition badged models have the twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 from the M8 Competition producing 616bhp. The 0-62mph times stand at 3.8 seconds and if you opt for the M Driver’s Package the 155mph speed limiter is lifted and you’ll roar onto 180mph.

Audi RS Q8

  • 0-62mph: 3.8s
  • Top speed: 189mph

Featuring the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol mild-hybrid found in the RS 7 Sportback, the RS Q8 has a total power output of 592bhp and a whopping 800Nm of torque.

That’s enough to get this hefty SUV from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 189mph - so long as you spec Audi’s optional dynamic plus package, which bypasses the 155mph speed limiter.

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

  • 0-62mph: 3.7s
  • Top speed: 124mph

While an electric SUV carrying the legendary Mustang name has caused controversy for some, Ford has addressed enthusiast concern by fitting the new Mach-E GT with dual motors producing 480bhp and an enormous 860Nm of torque. As a result, this SUV easily gives its muscle car counterpart a run for its money, as it will accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds, even if it does lack that V8 rumble.

The GT’s top speed is limited to 124mph, so unless the tuner brigade manages to open the gates and let this Mustang run free, supercar-threatening acceleration is the name of the game.

Lamborghini Urus

  • 0-62mph: 3.6s
  • Top speed: 190mph

Even in this list of ostentatious SUVs, the Urus manages to stand out in true Lamborghini fashion. Yes, prices start from £159,925 which seems like relatively good value for a practical Lamborghini with supercar-baiting performance and genuine off-road capability, but you’ll be rocketing towards £200,000 with a few option boxes ticked. 

A twin-turbo V8 nicked from the Porsche Cayenne Turbo has been tuned to a stonking 641bhp. Select the sportier drive modes and you’ll be intoxicated by the noises coming out of the exhaust as you roar from 0-62mph in a scarcely believable 3.6 seconds.

Tesla Model Y Performance

  • 0-62mph: 3.5s
  • Top speed: 155mph 

The Tesla Model 3 Performance has already become an Internet legend thanks to its startling off-the-line pace, and now the same powertrain is offered in the Model Y Performance crossover. Dual motors at the front and rear axles provide instant torque and plentiful traction, launching the Jaguar I-Pace rival from 0-62mph in a near-silent 3.5 seconds.

Not bad given its affordable price tag and non-existant tailpipe emissions. The Model Y Performance isn’t quite as adept when it comes to tackling corners, although its grip levels will satisfy most drivers. The ride is fairly brittle, and there’s not much feel through the steering wheel. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 

  • 0-62mph: 3.4s
  • Top speed: 190mph 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk might not have the brand appeal of some of the other cars in this list, but it more than makes up for it with 707bhp and 881Nm of torque on tap. The engine comes out of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat and it’s a raucous 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI V8. The soundtrack is sensational, so don’t be surprised to see your fuel gauge drop with every dab of the throttle. 

Despite having to haul around 2.4 tonnes, the Trackhawk manages to get from 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds - that’s 1.4 seconds quicker than a V8-engined Ford Mustang.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

  • 0-62mph: 3.3s
  • Top speed: 186mph

The Porsche Cayenne was the original uber-SUV, and if it wasn’t for the DBX707 arriving on the scene, it would still be the fastest today. It actually level-pegs the British model for 0-62mph pace in an astonishing 3.3 seconds, but can’t quite match its top speed - not that it should matter in the real world.

Its 4.0-litre V8 petrol has been tuned once more to bring the Cayenne Turbo GTS' power up to 631bhp with maximum torque of 850Nm, so this SUV will be faster than most sports cars. In typical Porsche fashion, there are numerous other changes too, so you can waft to the Nurburgring and then demolish almost any other road car lapping the track.  

Aston Martin DBX707

  • 0-62mph: 3.3s
  • Top speed: 193mph

Aston Martin bills the new DBX707 as the 'fastest luxury SUV in the world'. While Tesla's definition of luxury probably differs from Aston Martin's, there's no arguing that the DBX707 is a seriously impressive SUV.

The standard DBX borrows a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from Mercedes-AMG and in the DBX707 that same engine is tuned to a monstrous 697bhp. To handle the extra torque (all 900Nm of it), Aston has also fitted a new transmission featuring a wet clutch system. 

Tesla Model X

  • 0-60mph: 2.5s
  • Top speed: 163mph

The Model X’s brutal acceleration has been well-documented online with multiple videos of the all-electric SUV embarrassing supercars in drag races. The most wickedly powerful Plaid model will see 60mph come and go in 2.5 seconds - although if you regularly do this the 333-mile range drops dramatically. 

This level of performance becomes all the more incredible when you bear in mind the Model X will seat seven and can cruise in near-silence.

Fastest SUV by top speed

Aston Martin DX707

0-62mph: 3.3sTop speed: 193mph

Described as “the Supercar of SUVs” by Aston Martin, the DBX707 moves high-riding models even closer to the 200mph barrier. To push its bodywork at these speeds, there’s a mighty 697bhp (707PS) tuned version of its 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, with a revised nine-speed automatic gearbox and 900Nm of torque.

The price of all this performance is £190,000, but this isn’t just a Top Trumps special. Everything from its steering, chassis and brakes has been adapted to cope with the extra pace, and it feels remarkably cohesive as a result.

Fastest SUVs in the world 2022

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