5. 2009 Audi Q5

Audi’s new compact style SUV, the Q5, reveals a new target of audience; the wealthy, fairly handsome man who’s going through his mid-life crisis but isn’t quite extreme enough to go for a Harley. – Audi. The Q5 uses the company’s new ‘Drive Select’ system, allowing the driver to individually select the perfect settings for power train, suspension and sport steering which results in the baby SUV to have amazing cornering capabilities and performance limits.

4. 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG

Mercedes have once again expanded the AMG portfolio with an SUV for when the kids are REALLY late for school. AMG’s heavily massaged 6.3 litre V8 pumps an impressive 510 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque, with a peak of 5,200 rpm. Several body upgrades have been brought along as well by AMG, including a larger chromed front grill, an AMG-designed full body-kit and 20-inch alloy rims. This monstrous SUV can definitely beat down that stretch of highway with ease, that is until you take a glimpse at your fuel gauge.

3. 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The German carmaker known for their high-performance sports cars have just unveiled the next generation of their SUV lineup, the Cayenne. Designed to excel both on the road and off, this mud-ready European beast has built its reputation around combining a high-performance motoring experience with proven all-terrain capabilities. The roaring 4.8 litre, twin-turbo V8 produces a highway-craving 500 HP and a terrain-craving 516 lb-ft of torque which results in a 0-60 time in less than 4.4 seconds. In more human terms, you don’t want to be up against this animal.

2. 2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged

Range Rover has a well-deserved reputation for forging through those tough terrains and climbing steep mountains with ease. Its little brother however, the Range Rover Sport, seems to maintain a perfect balance of luxury, speed, performance and off-road capabilities, resulting in a fair price. The direct-injection V-8 produces an impressive 510 HP and 461 lb-ft of torque, which gets this SUV to 60 in 5.9 seconds. Although the performance itself isn’t record-breaking, the amazing looks and engineering of the vehicle along with its impressive terrain capabilities put it very close to the top.

1. BMW X6 M

The European automarket has brought along all sorts of strange creations and concepts, which usually never end up going into production. The BMW X6, when released as a concept, was the same as any other concept vehicle; weirdly shaped, unreasonable but appealing to the eye. However, it wasn’t normal that the X6 found its way into production line and surprised most BMW fans. Although sales didn’t soar, the critically acclaimed X6 did become a success, managing to combine sexy-coupe design with SUV capabilities. The coupe-design was actually one of the biggest factors of the X6s’ success, as it not only brought physical similarities to a coupe, but performance-wise as well. Consumers and reviewers immediately noticed that the German automaker used a coupe-engine which produced specs that surpass some of BMW’s lower end sports cars. A roaring turbocharged V-8 produces 555 HP which pulls the 90 thousand dollar monster from 0 to 60 in less than 4.5 seconds, a time faster than cars half its weight like the Audi S5. BMW didn’t have the intention for the X6 to have off-road capabilities, but the X-drive that comes standard definitely proves its system when driving on snow or other slippery terrains. Overall, BMW’s X6 has the perfect formula of a coupe’s design and performance alongside a SUV’s off-road capabilities and power train.