Big SUVs are beginning to win buyers’ affections again... as can be seen by four new models on the market. So which is our star?
The tide looks to be turning for large SUVs. Environmental pressures and the financial crisis have blunted the popularity of these models, but four new sporty diesel-engined 4x4s have just landed on our shores. This latest wave of cleaner and more efficient cars aims to silence the critics, and return to the top of British buyers’ wishlists.
Leading the way are the new Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg. They share the same V6 diesel engine and are larger, yet cleaner and more economical, than the cars they replace. However, one of their main rivals, the BMW X5, has followed a similar approach. The revised model benefits from a host of improvements, and in 30d trim matches the sub-200g/km emissions of its new opponents.
There is another option for buyers who want to make a splash, though – in the eye-catching shape of the Infiniti FX. It has the looks to turn heads and now, for the first time, is available with diesel power. Do the attributes which make its petrol stablemates such a hit on the other side of the Atlantic transfer to the UK? We find out as we put all four to the test...
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingBig SUVs are beginning to win buyers’ affections again... as can be seen by four new models on the market. So which is our star?
- 21st Porsche CayenneSecond-generation SUV is a class act
- 32nd BMW X5 30d SEGerman is a tough rival
- 43rd VW Touareg 3.0 TDI SENew 4x4 shares running gear with Porsche, but has a softer set-up
- 54th Infiniti FX30d GT PremiumCan UK newcomer mix it with might of German rivals?
- 6Facts and figures