Top 5 SUV Brands for Your Family Vacation

by  |  On March 17th, 2017  |  In Top Picks

Traveling with family, as much as joyful it can be, also requires a lots of planning. Making sure that each phase of your vacation is prepared with least possible surprises on the road is mandatory. Finding a right car to rent that will fit your family needs can be a quite difficult task. Obviously, it has to be a family car, and it will need to be comfortable because you’ll be on the road a lot. It also has to be safe, this is your family we’re talking about. And it has to feel cool, because comfort and safety aren’t everything.

Here are five luxury SUVs that tick all of those boxes, and will leave you wanting to trade your old car in when you get back home. They are all recommended by Lurento’s customer service as the best family cars for rent.

Porsche Cayenne GTS

Despite being a family car, this is a Porsche, through and through. The car has a sleek outline, with the front being reminiscent of the Cayenne Turbo, side sills and extended arches, providing that sports casual look. Under the bonnet sits 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with aluminum block and heads and direct fuel injection.

Porsche Cayenne GTS

Inside, comfort is the key. The leather, heated seats are perfect for longer drives, and the high end surround sound system will ensure your entire family will be rocking out throughout the journey.

Range Rover Sport/Vogue

Both of these cars offer an excellent take on the Range Rover experience. Built with the classic design in mind and updated for the modern marketplace, both cars bear the iconic Range Rover look and are, in all honesty, difficult to differentiate between for most people (though the Sport has been described as being slightly more masculine). The Sport does have slightly less legroom in the back, but given its size, we would hardly classify it as an issue.

Range Rover Vogue

If your schedule involves a camping or fishing trip, and you have fond memories of the original Land Rover, these are the cars for you.

BMW X5/X6

The X5 and X6 are both ostensibly BMWs, however, they greatly differ in both style and utility. The X5 is designed around the typical SUV template, with a flat roof and an evident off-road feel about it, while the X6 is a crossover between an SUV and a sedan, with a curved roof, and, as a result, less leg and head room in the back. It is, therefore, less comfortable, especially for longer journeys, but makes up for it with how it feels on the road.

BMW X5

In terms of performance, too, the X5 is obviously more of an off-road vehicle than the X6. It has450 hp V8 petrol engine (xDrive50i) and two six-cylinder in-line diesel units, but X6 is definitely more powerful for V8 model.

Audi Q5/Q7

Much like with the BMWs, the choice between the Audis is one of intentions. The Q7 is larger, and accommodates 7 seats, while the Q5 accommodates 5. The Q7 is built like a classic SUV and is therefore designed for off-road travel, with all the small comforts planned for (like cup holders for the two extra seats). The Q5, on the other hand, is more of a city vehicle, and is generally considered more energetic and youthful in terms of design.

Audi Q5

But there is no wrong in saying: Whichever one you choose, you will not go wrong.

Mercedes ML350/GLE Coupe

The Mercedes ML350 is an established luxury car with a standard SUV body. It is stylish, quiet and comfortable, whether you are on or off road, and is both comfortable and spacious for both the passengers and the luggage.

Mercedes ML350

The GLE Coupe, on the other hand, is an upstart. Having only recently joint the Mercedes-Benz fleet, it is a beautiful machine, with the front largely reminiscent of the American muscle cars such as the revamped Mustang. It is smaller in size, and with a curved roof and a louder engine, it is most definitely more of a city car designed to impress. The engine is 3.0-liter V6 that makes an impressive 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque.

Eric J. Leech is a born and bred auto enthusiast who has been a gear-head ever since he crawled out of his crib and got his Kool-aide stained mitts on a 67 Camaro SS (red, black bucket seats, no air-conditioning). He's since become an automotive journalist for a variety of sources, including DUB Magazine, American Auto Press, Import Tuner, Turbo & High Performance, and has also worked as a content provider for the Discovery Channel's, Mean Green Machines. Follow Eric J. Leech at Google+

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