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With the SUV segment due a new range of models over the upcoming months, we take a look at the three of the top tough rivals the new models, such as the Audi Q5, will have to beat.

 

The BMW X3 SUV

 

By the time the Q5 arrives in 2016, the X3 is likely to look a little outdated but the recent facelift the model sustained has ensured that the vehicle is more efficient and hi-tech than ever. The latest version has gained a fresh headlight design, bolder kidney grille, revised front and rear bumpers, tweaked side skirts and a new alloy wheel design. Alongside this new styling, the subtly flared wheelarches and rising crease on the flanks seen on the previous model have been retained.

 

Inside, BMW have introduced a refreshed centre console, with added chrome and gloss black inserts on the lower section and on the dash. It also offers a wider variety of upholstery trim and exterior finishes than before.

 

Porsche Macan SUV

 

While the Cayenne is based on the same platform as the Audi Q7, the Porsche Macan shares it's underpinnings with the Audi Q5, despite this Porsche have tweaked all the important bits to ensure that the Macan has the character expected from a Porsche.

 

Porsche is so confident in the end result it's achieved with the Macan that it's promoting the car as 'the only sports car in it's segment'.This claim is backed up by the fact that the Macan is the class’s best driver’s car at present. It's handling has elements of the 911, plus it's six-cylinder engines are punchy.

 

Baby Land Rover Discovery SUV

 

A new smaller model will replace the Land Rover Freelander, focusing more on practicality and off road ability than the previous model. While the bodywork, interior, engines and badge will be new, the underpinnings will be carried over from the current Freelander.

 

The model is to be a five seater, like the current Freelander, but a stretched wheelbase 5+2 version of the Land Rover will also be offered for the first time when this model goes on sale. The company's new SUV model which is to be re-branded as the baby Land Rover Discovery will sit below the full size model in the line up when it arrives in 2015.