Their manufacturers are based in three European countries. It’s safe to say that, of the ten, they compete in only three or four different SUV segments. They were, for the most part, more successful in October 2010 than in October 2009. They are America’s Top 10 Best-Selling European SUVs, and they are nice.
Let’s start with the BMW X5. It’s true that the X5’s image is turning it into quite the familyish vehicle, almost a sporty but luxurious Toyota Highlander. But technically speaking, the 2011 BMW X5 range has everything you could want – big engines, diesel engines, an M variant. Moving on, the Mercedes-Benz ML350, ML350 Bluetec, ML450 Hybrid, ML550, and ML63 AMG form a hard-to-beat quintet. Except the M-Class is apparently beatable…. if you’re the BMW X5. Then there’s the Good 12 Supersize-winning 2011 Audi Q5. Choose between a turbo-four and a V6 – that’s it. You’ll be happy.
Popularity drops off quite a bit after the $60,950 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. It’s hard to be certain, but as Mercedes-Benz introduced a replacement appendage to the G-Wagen, they couldn’t have possibly thought the GL-Class would be this successful in this era. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec and GL450 were Good 12 winners, too.