QOTD: Who Missed -- or Hit -- the Mark on Exotic SUVs?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Once in a while, I see a Bentley Bentayga or Lamborghini Urus bopping around town. We also know the Ferrari Purosangue is on the way. So, I wonder, which automaker has gotten the extreme high-dollar luxury SUV right -- and wrong?

This, of course, also includes the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. And any other model I've forgotten, especially when it comes to ultra-high-end vehicles. I'd like to keep this to the true exotic makes, so expensive but relatively mainstream SUVs from brands like Maserati and BMW won't be part of it.

What do you think? Who has gotten it right? Or wrong?

[Image: Lamborghini]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Jwee Jwee on Oct 20, 2022

    Rather., But that would properly be Mayfair. Hyde Park is a somewhat less pleasant affair, full of commoners.

  • FreedMike FreedMike on Oct 20, 2022

    The Urus reminds me of a 60-something woman who’s had way too much work done. I’d opt for its’ platform-mate, the Audi SQ8.

  • Aparsonson Aparsonson on Oct 21, 2022

    I personally hate almost all of these types of SUV's however, in Dubai where I live one can see plenty of them running around the city, so I'd say they've almost all hit the mark.

    That being said, some of the worst offenders are the Urus because it's almost always modified with a tasteless body kit, wrap, oversized wheels and loud exhaust (the camo wrap seems to be a particular favorite of the Urus owner). The Cullinan murdered out in black looks like a London taxi cab and I have no doubt the Purosangue will sell like crazy when it's launched here.

    No matter the brand they're almost always driven by a house wife decked out in Gucci with plastic lips etc or a playboy with an immaculate lumberjack beard and no idea of how to change a tire, which is kind of the point because these types of people find them hugely aspirational and appealing.

  • IBx1 IBx1 on Oct 21, 2022

    They're all pathetic automatic scum, but the lamborghini anus doesn't even come with a lamborghini engine