Best performance SUVs 2020 - the best evo-approved off-roaders

If you want an evo-approved fast car but need the practicality of an SUV, here are our top ten choices

You’ll either love or loathe a performance SUV but even the most die-hard opponent should be able to appreciate the engineering that goes into them. Manufacturers have proved very adept at defying the laws of physics to produce some pretty entertaining examples of the breed and there’s something that appeals to the inner schoolboy in a two-ton plus machine that can knock off the 0-62mph sprint in less than four seconds.

There’s no getting away from the fact that the SUV sector – both the premium performance end and the more mainstream sector – are growing at an astonishing rate and it’s hardly surprising that most manufacturers are chasing a slice of the cake. But should you really be considering an SUV at all? It might be a wide generalisation but from a driving perspective you’d be far better off with a fast estate than an SUV. 4x4s tend to be heavier and taller and while manufacturers can install all-manner of innovative systems to try and minimise the effect of a high centre of gravity, an SUV is never going to be as sharp a driving tool as a quick estate.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

They also tend to be more expensive to buy, use more fuel and are often less commodious and practical than their boxy bodies would initially suggest. And their low-profile tyres seriously diminish any off-road potential their styling might imply. But if you must have a performance SUV these are the ones we reckon will provide the best driving experience.

Click on the list below to read our in-depth reviews of each car, or click on to the next page to read the list in order...

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/m3/202991/new-bmw-m3-touring-confirmed-yes-we-said-m3-touring
BMW M3

New BMW M3 Touring confirmed - yes, we said M3 Touring

Sixth generation M3 to offer Touring body for the first time to rival RS4 and C63 estate
12 Aug 2020
Visit/advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
Features

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
13 Aug 2020
Visit/subaru/wrx-sti/202994/new-subaru-wrx-wrx-sti-and-brz-confirmed-in-leaked-plan
Subaru WRX STi

New Subaru WRX, WRX STI and BRZ confirmed in leaked plan

Subaru is developing new WRX, WRX STI and BRZ models in sports car offensive, but UK sales remain unconfirmed.
14 Aug 2020
Visit/mercedes/s-class/22543/new-mercedes-benz-s-class-interior-revealed
Mercedes S-Class

New Mercedes-Benz S-class interior revealed

The new S-class is the most important new Mercedes-Benz coming this year​, here’s an early look at its tech-filled interior
13 Aug 2020