Top-Rated 2016 Luxury SUVs in Performance and Design

Christian Wardlaw | Jul 28, 2016
2016 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study trophy graphic

On an annual basis, the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM measures customer satisfaction with the design, performance, layout, and feature content of new vehicles after 90 days of ownership. From this data, Power Circle Ratings are calculated to summarize the study’s findings, providing consumers with a visual representation of the information that can be used during the car shopping process.

This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2016 luxury SUVs from the 2016 U.S. APEAL Study. Each model receives a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5 for overall appeal.

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2016 BMW X1 photo

2016 BMW X1

Larger and more efficient than it was before, the redesigned BMW X1 ranks highest in its segment for overall appeal in 2016. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is the only choice, paired with an automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive. BMW says the X1 offers the most cargo space in its segment.

The 2016 BMW X1 receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Small Premium SUV segment.

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2016 BMW X6 xDrive50i photo

2016 BMW X6

Based on the BMW X5 but equipped with a more rakish roofline, tighter 4+1 seating, and less cargo space, the BMW X6 is the highest-ranked SUV in its segment for overall appeal in 2016. It is offered with a choice between a turbocharged 6-cylinder and a twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder engine and comes in a performance-tuned X6 M variant.

The 2016 BMW X6 receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium SUV segment.

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2016 Cadillac Escalade photo

2016 Cadillac Escalade

A full-size luxury SUV equipped with seating for up to 8 people, the Cadillac Escalade is offered in regular- and extended-length body styles and in Standard, Luxury, Premium, and Platinum trim levels. All 2016 Escalades have a 6.2-liter V-8 engine coupled to rear-wheel or 4-wheel-drive systems.

The 2016 Cadillac Escalade receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

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2016 Land Rover Range Rover TD6 photo

2016 Land Rover Range Rover

Serving as the pinnacle of Land Rover’s SUV lineup, the iconic Range Rover is offered in standard- or extended-wheelbase variants, and in either version seating capacity is limited to 5. A supercharged V-6 or V-8 engine is available for the Range Rover, along with a turbocharged, diesel 6-cylinder engine. All variants are equipped with 4-wheel drive.

The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Premium SUV segment.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG photo

2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Equipped with seating for 7 people, the Mercedes GL-Class is available with a choice between a turbocharged diesel 6-cylinder, twin-turbocharged V-6, or a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. A 4-wheel-drive system is standard, and for maximum performance the AMG GL63 delivers.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

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2016 Porsche Macan S photo

2016 Porsche Macan

Smaller in size than the Cayenne, the Porsche Macan seats up to 5 people and comes in S and Turbo trim levels, each equipped with a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. When choosing this performance-oriented SUV, buyers can select from a wide range of colors, interior trims and materials, and features, allowing them to customize the Macan to specific preferences.

The 2016 Porsche Macan receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Compact Premium SUV segment.









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