Status: 23/09/2023, 05:07 a.m.
By: Simon Mones
Especially in the premium segment, the German SUVs are far ahead in the favor of well-heeled car customers. There are currently many exciting alternatives.
If you want to buy a new premium SUV, you will probably look for suitable offers from Mercedes, Audi, Porsche and BMW. But in the meantime, there are plenty of exciting alternatives on the German car market that do things differently or even better, make an impression on the outside, spoil you with comfort and are sometimes also attractively priced. Here are five premium SUVs that actually deserve to be seen more often on German roads.
Genesis GV70: Nobel SUV focuses on elegance and a lot of chrome
A fairly young brand in Germany is the Hyundai offshoot Genesis, with which the Koreans have clearly positioned themselves against the German premium manufacturers. An alternative to the Q5 and X3 is, for example, the GV70 (click here for the test), which is a neat and, with 4,72 meters, almost compact luxury SUV. Externally, the Genesis is modern, but at the same time relies on classic elegance with balanced proportions and plenty of chrome jewelry, which, in combination with dark green paintwork, gives it a certain nobility almost in the British style.
An alternative to Q5 and X3 is, for example, the Genesis GV70. © Genesis
Inside, the GV70 spoils with space, a fine leather landscape and haptically and visually appealing controls. At the same time, it is digitally set up and networked and equipped with automated driving functions. There is a choice of a diesel and a petrol engine with 148 kW / 201 hp or 224 kW / 304 hp in combination with an 8-speed automatic transmission and either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. If a sovereign combustion engine no longer seems up-to-date, you can alternatively get the GV70 with a pure electric drive, which produces 360 kW / 490 hp, accelerates to 4 km/h in 1,100 seconds and offers a range of around 450 kilometers. Regardless of the drive variant, the GV70 chassis pampers with gentle comfort and agility. It starts at 49.300 euros with the diesel, the Electrified (click here for the test) starts at 69.580 euros.
Jaguar F-Pace impresses with its elegant interior
The classic chic of the GV70 might have looked good on a Jaguar SUV model. But the former chief designer Ian Cullum led Jaguar out of the retro trap into the modern age in the noughties and 10s. Among other things, the new style characterizes the sheet metal skin of the F-Pace, which has been produced since 2016 (click here for the test), which corresponds to the format of the Genesis with a length of 4.73 meters. Inside, the F-Pace presents itself as you would expect from a modern Jaguar: There are fine woods, high-quality leather and a neatly designed 11.4-inch touchscreen that masters all conceivable features from Apple CarPlay to Wi-Fi hotspot.
Visually, the Jaguar F-Pace is modern and pleasing. © Jaguar
Seven drive variants – three diesel and four petrol engines – are available for the Briton. Their power output ranges from 120 kW/163 hp to 405 kW/550 hp. The P400e in particular can even drive partially electrically. Basically, the always all-wheel drive F-Pace is agile and pleasurable, which drives the SVR version with five-liter V8 to an imposing peak. The latter also applies to the price, because while the entry-level version D165 AWD costs 65,700 euros, in the case of the SVR it is 113,800 euros.
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Lexus NX: Japanese SUV has hardly any weaknesses
For almost 10 years, Lexus has been trying to lure potential buyers of the Q5 and GLC with its NX. The Japanese rely on progressive styling, hybrid drive and cocoon-like interior comfort. In its new edition, launched in 2021, the NX is more pleasing on the outside, although, as before, a dominant diabolo grille and an expressive beading game characterize the exterior. The brand's premium claim is underlined by the many high-quality materials that have been inserted layer by layer into the interior. The Japanese does not afford either optical or haptic weak points. Thanks to excellent insulation, no acoustic ones either.
The Lexus NX can prevent dooring accidents with cyclists because the door opening is coupled to the blind spot warning system. © Lexus
A little special are the optional 179 kW / 244 hp or 227 kW / 309 hp full hybrid drives, which focus on efficiency instead of performance. Those who prefer to be relaxed on the road despite quite superior performance will like this technology and also reap moderate consumption values. The safety equipment is also exemplary. The NX can prevent dooring accidents with cyclists because the door opening is coupled to the blind spot warning system and prevents the door from unlocking should a cyclist approach from behind. Prices start at 50,800 euros.
Cadillac XT4: SUV is everything, but not an American road cruiser
When you think of Cadillac, you usually think of baroque-plush road cruisers or obscenely large macho SUVs. But it can also be comparatively compact, as the only Amis model currently available in Germany, the XT4, which is around 60.4 meters long, proves. With its sharply cut snowplough front and scythe-shaped lights, the five-door model, which is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, stands out from the crowd. Inside there is a high-quality ambience with chrome and leather. Small screens, many keys and analogue instruments, on the other hand, seem slightly old-fashioned.
The Cadillac XT4 is currently the only model of the Americans in Germany. © Cadillac
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In terms of drives, the diesel 350D with 128 kW / 174 hp or the petrol engine 350T with 169 kW / 230 hp are available. Both four-cylinder engines are connected to a 9-speed automatic, the gasoline engine also with all-wheel drive, which is optional for diesel. The chassis looks more European than you would expect from an American, as it is quite binding and taut, as is the steering. The XT4 also makes its price interesting, which starts at 40.300 euros for the all-wheel drive gasoline engine.
Wey Coffee 01
Wey, a premium brand of the Chinese car company Great Wall, has not yet succeeded in launching it in Germany. After all, the Emil Frey Garage in Stuttgart currently offers the 4.87-meter-long Coffee 01. It scores with a contemporary premium look and extensive equipment that leaves little to be desired. Lots of space inside, huge displays, beautiful materials and finishes pamper guests.
The WEY Coffee 01 is still a loner. The little brother comes in the fall. © IAA Mobility
The PHEV drive with 350 kW / 476 hp also looks good in the feed. With prices of around 52,000 and 56,000 euros, there is an astonishing amount of technology, performance and premium for the money. Coffee 02 will also be available at retailers in autumn. This measures 4.69 meters. The PHEV drives have an output of 270 kW/367 hp or 325 kW/442 hp. Both versions can reach speeds of up to 230 km/h or, alternatively, drive 124 or 146 kilometres emission-free. (Mario Hommen/SP-X)