Auto Innovations: Top 10 High–Tech Suvs


As much as SUVs appeal to consumers looking for an extra-spacious passenger package with an easily accessible place for cargo, technology is also an important factor to consider. You should expect your next SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) to deliver certain tech features such as Smart cruise control, smartphone integration, Bluetooth and lots more.

So, are you are looking for the best tech mid-size or luxury SUVs to buy? You should spot one right here.

2016 Honda CR-V
Luxury on the go

Looking out for a top-teh compact SUV, the 2016 Honda CR-V is a well-rounded choice that readily meets the needs of most car lovers. It has ample passenger space and an enormous cargo area that further benefits from a low load height. It is also one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the segment.

The Touring gets automated emergency braking and other safety gear. A 185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a CVT, and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is optionalA well-equipped interior and a fair price combine with Honda’s sterling reputation for reliability to provide a powerful value proposition.

Price: About N9m

2016 Hyundai Tucson
Blends utility & style

Tucson offers the exciting style and versatility you are looking for in a Suv. The available panoramic sunroof extends above, from the front seats to the back. It is packed with touchscreen infotainment and its satellite radio is standard.

Limited models come beefed out with navigation and leather seats. A 164-hp 2.0-liter four, a six-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive are standard; a 175-hp 1.6-liter turbo four, seven-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive are optional. An Eco model is EPA rated for up to 33 mpg highway.

Price: About N8m

2017 Kia Sportage SX Turbo AWD
Power and value combined

The Sportage comes decked up with a 181-hp 2.4-liter four, six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard on EX and SX; all-wheel drive is optional. The SX Turbo offers a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo four. The interior features touchscreen infotainment; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available. Active safety features, such as automated emergency braking, are also offered.

Price:  About N7.5m

2016 Toyota RAV4
360-degree bird’s eye view for safe parking

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 angled headlamps and sharply creased bodywork gives the RAV4 an assertive presence. A 176-hp 2.5-liter four and a six-speed automatic are standard with either front- or all-wheel drive. A 6.1-inch infotainment system is standard on LE, SE, and XLE trims; Limited models get a 7.0-inch unit.

Price: About N8.5m

Audi Q5
The perfect multitasker

The Q5 blends a compliant chassis with ample utility and all-weather ability. Powertrains include a 220-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, a zesty supercharged 272-hp V-6, and even a fuel-efficient—although pricey—hybrid. An eight-speed automatic is standard, as is all-wheel drive. In true Audi fashion, the Q5 is elegantly styled and boasts standard-setting fit and finish.

Price: About N12m

2017 Porsche Macan
For the classy

Sharing basic architecture with the  Macan is quicker and more capable both on- and off-road. The base engine is a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbo four. The S has a 340-hp twin-turbo V-6; the GTS boosts that number to 360. All-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic are standard on all. The S hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds in our test; its numb steering and soft brake pedal are un-Porsche-like.

Price: About N15m

Mercedes-AMG GLC43 4MATIC
Sporty, compact treat on the move

With a 362-hp twin-turbo V-6, AMG GLC43 4MATIC is more powerful than the GLC300 upon which it is based, but less powerful than other AMG models with much greater output. Featuring a nine-speed automatic and 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the GLC43 also has a sport-tuned suspension for improved handling. The exterior boasts 19-inch wheels and running boards for ease of entry/exit; the interior has sport seats and a sport steering wheel.

Price: About N17m


2016 Lexus RX350
Fresh and exciting design

Don’t be intimidated by RX’s daring style, it is still the plush ride it has always been, but a technological leap forward from its segment-defining predecessor. A 295-hp V-6, eight-speed automatic and front-drive are standard; all-wheel drive is optional. There is a hybrid, but with optional all-wheel drive, we managed 22 mpg; its combined EPA rating is 30. The cabin uses rich-looking interior materials throughout; the F Sport gets comfortable and supportive seats, among other upgrades.

Price: About 13m

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Delivers comfort, tranquility and luxury

The elegant looks of the Discovery Sport conceal its serious off-road credentials, which set it apart from its more on-road-oriented rivals. A 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, a nine-speed automatic, and standard all-wheel drive promise efficient all-weather performance. A four-mode Terrain Response system helps it adapt to a variety of situations—sand, snow, rocks, or mud. Seating for seven in a luxury-lined cabin means the whole family can tag along in comfort on adventures big or small.

Price: About 12m

2017 Ford Escape
Loaded with superb tech features

With beautiful looks and a stylish interior, the Escape distinguishes itself in a crowd of small Suvs. The base engine is a 168-hp four-cylinder, but we recommend the 179-hp turbo four or the 245-hp turbo four. All have front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional on turbos. Handling is precise and predictable, but the steering feels rubbery. Ford’s Sync infotainment is controlled by an 8-inch touchscreen with voice recognition. Properly equipped, it can tow 1587kg.

Price: About N7.5m