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3 Important Factors to Consider in Luxury SUVs

Just because you have a family and need a lot of cargo space doesn’t mean you have to settle for the stereotypical “soccer-mom minivan.” The luxury automotive marketplace has expanded significantly in the 21st century. Once dominated by Land Rover’s Range Rover models, the market now has a variety of luxury SUVs available for outdoor enthusiasts and hockey families alike to lug the kids and their gear in style and comfort. Before you shop some of the best luxury SUVs available, look into these three important factors first.

 Size

Sedans don’t come in one shape and size, and neither do the variety of affordable luxury SUVs at luxury SUV dealerships. For the outdoor couple that loves to pack up for camping, but enjoy the ride to a weekend retreat in style, there are the compact and small models such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and X3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLC, and the Porsche Macan, just to name a few. These are ideal options for two occupants and their gear, but a bit snug for four adults.

 Affordable luxury SUVs also exist in the midsize range, and feature models including the Audi Q5, Range Rover Sport and LR4, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, Porsche Cayenne, and Volkswagen Touareg. Among the top ten luxury SUVs, you’ll find the largest models such as the Audi Q7, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX, and Mercedes-Benz GLS.

While the largest models offer you expansive leg room and cargo space, you’ll want to consider more than just space when looking at the size. Many of the smaller models are agile and luxurious, with fuel economy at an impressive low-to-mid 20 MPG range for an SUV. On the other hand, those larger models with the expansive room also have a more sluggish feel behind the wheel and struggle to surpass 16 MPG average.

Towing Capabilities

Let’s face it, you might be looking at the best luxury SUVs on the market, but that doesn’t mean you plan to leave it sitting in your driveway as a pretty display piece. You want the best of both worlds in your luxury SUV, with the ability to haul the family in comfort and style while towing the boat to the cabin for the weekend.

Keep in mind that the average tow rating for most luxury SUVs is around 3,000 pounds. This includes many of the smaller models and some of the midsize models. The tow capacity is limited because these vehicles have smaller, car-based frames that don’t have the strength to tow as much. However, the largest luxury SUVs offer up-to-and-over 8,000 pounds in towing capacity. This is due in large part to the use of sturdy, stronger truck-based frames.

 Cargo Space

The toughest task in selecting the best luxury SUV for you and/or your family is finding the right balance in cargo space. For that adventurous outdoor couple, the smaller BMW X1 or Porsche Macan offer plenty of space for two people and cargo space in the rear of the vehicle for bags, tents, and gear.

While the midsize luxury SUVs might look best for a family on their way to a weekend hockey tournament, be sure to check how much room is left in the cargo area. This is especially true of models with third-row seating. There’s a balancing act between fitting Johnny and his teammates in the car, and still having room for their gear bags. 

Sometimes the best way to find the affordable luxury SUV you’re looking for is to just visit your local luxury SUV dealership. Village Luxury Cars has the top ten luxury SUVs in stock, as well as used luxury SUVs that are affordable and in pristine condition. Visit our website to browse our entire inventory, or call us at 888-787-0724 to schedule a test drive. We’ll even come to you with mobile test drive delivery, so give us a call today!

Jan 16th, 2017