The SUV market is very competitive and growing. Players in the segment are fighting to get attention from customers.
SUVs with Panoramic sunroofs are a way to differentiate one offering from the competition.
Some of the best SUVs with panoramic sunroofs are highlighted below.
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1. Bentley Bentyaga
The Bentley is arguably the best that money can buy in the luxury SUV market.
It was launched to take on the dominant Range Rover, and went straight to the top.
Everything that you expect to have in terms of luxury is there. When you look at the Bentyaga, from the exterior dimensions and styling, you know you are in the presence of a vehicle crated by masters.
When you eventually open the doors to enter, expect to be taken to another world. The interior fittings and furnishings simply exude unimaginable class. It certainly cannot be explained in words.
Drive it, and the ultimate experience continues. Whilst big, it is the fastest SUV, reaching 60mph in just 3.8 seconds. It certainly takes more than the 542 horsepower from the 6.0-liter V12 to achieve that. The power is transmitted to all four wheels through 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Bentyaga is adorned with numerous features that are found on any luxury SUV or sedan, and much more, including many optional features.
A key feature is the panoramic tilt/slide sunroof, featuring an electric blind. This adds to the beauty of the interior, as passengers are able to see a broad extent of the sky above, whether at night or during the day.
Other notable features include hill-descent, Wi-Fi, soft close doors, full leather interior, and sound insulation that create a very quiet ride.
2. Land Rover Discovery
The Range Rover has dominated the large luxury SUV segment for a long time with many different offers. It is one of the best on both urban and country dirt roads.
The expansive interior enhances the luxury exuded by the much desirable Rover. You can choose a two or three-row seat configuration.
The Discovery features four trims. The HSE, HSE Luxury, and First Edition all have a power tilt/slide panoramic roof, whilst the base-level SE has a fixed panoramic roof with power blinds.
Power comes from a powerful huge 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine that produces a modest 340 horsepower, or an optional 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel with 254 horsepower, but more torque than the gasoline engine.
Expect to get the modern safety and technological features as standard. Off-roading enthusiasts can enjoy the Rover’s features that include Hill Descent Control, Gradient Acceleration Control, Traction Control, among others.
3. Audi Q5
The 2017 Audi Q5 2.0T comes with a panoramic sunroof on all trims.
The base trim includes top technologies and features such as leather interior, power front seats, keyless ignition, Bluetooth, and iPod connectivity.
If you add the Premium Plus package, you get the base features, plus Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.
The top of the pile for the standard equipment is the Q5 3.0T. This is carried on 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Prestige trim adds adaptive lighting and cruise control, navigation, and blind-spot monitoring. Options include a Sport interior. An S Line package changes the wheels to 20 inches, and aluminum trim in the cabin.
Lastly is the SQ5 Prestige, with a standard Drive Select, which allows the driver to select different driving set-ups, depending on different situations and conditions.
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4. Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe is Hyundai’s offer to the growing SUV market. It has attracted a lot of buyers and admirers across the globe.
To add to the luxury and allure, the 2017 model was launched with additional features. These include the infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control. Two body styles were made available; a 2 and 3-row seater.
Among the top features is the panoramic sunroof, which is available on the Limited Ultimate trim.
Other technologies such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available on the base model Santa Fe Sport.
Various optional packages add features, such as the Tech package that also adds a panoramic sunroof, making it available to the lower trims.
Choose your Santa Fe, and build it up with the packages until you have the compact that you want!
5. Lexus RX350 F Sport
The Lexus RX350 F Sport is a five-seater luxury crossover SUV that is classy and powerful. It is aimed at those who love to drive, and can do so in the lap of luxury and comfort.
The luxurious ambiance is enhanced by a panoramic sunroof.
Under the hood, a powerful punch of 295 horsepower is thrown by its 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine. The power is delivered to the wheels through 8-speed automatic transmission.
Various driver and safety technologies are included, such as Smart Stop for fuel efficiency, parking assist, stability control, and traction control, among others.
6. Volvo XC60
The 2017 Volvo XC60 compact SUV was offered in four variants under two lines. It represents luxury in a small pack, with a lot of standard features and executive interior.
All the models feature a standard panoramic sunroof.
The lines are the Dynamic and Inscription, and the variants are the Base XC60 T5, and the top line T6 R-Design with off-road capability enhancements.
Volvo is synonymous with safety, and safety features include Volvo’s City Safety technology; a collision-avoidance system that automatically stops the vehicle when it senses the possibility of a collision.
Optionally, the system can also detect pedestrians or cyclists.
Other safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rearview camera.
The XC60 is powered by a 2.0 liter, turbocharged engine for the T5, whilst the T6 uses the same engine, but either turbocharged or supercharged. Although the engines may be small, they pack good power and responsiveness from 240 horsepower. Transmission is an 8-speed automatic.
Unfortunately, the 2017 Volvo XC60 has no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
7. Volkswagen Touareg
The 3-row 2017 mid-size luxury SUV VW Touareg comes packed with standard features across the board, including driver assistance and safety.
The exterior includes a panoramic roof that covers all occupants, including those sitting on the back row seats.
It is propelled by 280 horsepower from its 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine. The power is transmitted to the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system through 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Touareg is loaded with unique features that include the 8-inch touch screen with a navigation system that can give a two-dimensional bird’s eye view of surroundings.
Other features include adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, Electronic Stability Control, and Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution.
One drawback is the rather high fuel consumption.
8. Ford Escape
The Ford Escape is a compact SUV from Ford, slotted below the Everest.
It is offered in three trims.
A key feature is the Panoramic Vista Sunroof that is offered as optional on the Escape SE and Titanium trims.
The panoramic sunroof certainly enhances the attractiveness of the model in a very competitive segment.
The base S model does not include the panoramic sunroof.
This compact SUV comes with very good fuel efficiency from its 1.5-liter Ecoboost engine. If you need more power, you could opt for the 2.0-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost engine.
9. Peugeot 3008
The Peugeot 3008 was Peugeot’s first entry into the congested compact crossover SUV segment.
The 2017 Peugeot 3008 features a lot of modern technologies. These include an 8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay connectivity, automatic headlights and wipers; and lane departure warning, among others.
The trims available include Active, Allure, GT Line, and GT. The GT trim comes with a panoramic sunroof as standard.
Other features on the GT include an electric driver’s seat, full LED lights, and keyless entry, just to mention a few of them.
Standard safety features include autonomous braking, and lane departure warning, whilst the GT models include adaptive cruise control.
The Peugeot 3008 is powered by engines that range from 1.2-liter to 2.0-liter.
The options depend on how much power or fuel economy you need.
10. Lincoln MKC
The Lincoln MKC is a 4 or 5-door is a compact luxury SUV offered in four trims. It competes with the Audi A5 and BMW X3.
A Panoramic Vista Roof is offered as standard on the Reserve and Black Label trims, and optional on the Select trim.
The Lincoln is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine producing 240 horsepower, or a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine with 285 horsepower. The engines are linked to the drive train through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Reserve trim includes heated and ventilated front bucket seats and blind-spot mirrors, whilst the much-vaunted Black label is endowed with a luxurious leather interior.
The Lincoln MKC is certainly one to consider for your choice luxury compact, as with a panoramic sunroof.
11. Kia Sportage
The fourth-generation compact crossover SUV comes larger than the predecessor, giving it a more spacious cabin.
Three trim s are available. These are the LX, EX, and SX Turbo.
Standard features include the modern driver and safety technologies that are common in most luxury cars. These include touch screens, smart phone connectivity, and drive mode selector.
The SX Turbo trim includes many luxury features. These include a panoramic sunroof, which is becoming not only common among luxury cars but also a persuasive selling feature.
Other features on the top trim are blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.
The Kia Sportage is powered by an option of two engines. A standard 2.4-liter with an output of 181 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged producing 240 horsepower.
A 6-speed automatic transmission connects the power to a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive for the S-Turbo trim.
What are the Pros and Cons of SUVs with Panoramic Sunroof?
Pros of SUVs with Panoramic Sunroofs
The sunroof adds to the desirability of the SUV. It is an option that many are willing to pay for. The panoramic sunroofs are not yet common, and therefore a lot of people want to experience them.
- All-round visibility
Sunroofs enhance the visibility of all vehicle occupants. This is especially useful on an outdoor trip, such as game viewing.
- Absorption of Sunshine
Occupants can cab enjoy some basking whilst the vehicle is stationary or on the move. In colder climates with sunshine, this can be a lovely experience.
- Natural Cabin Temperature Control
The ambient weather can be drawn into the vehicle through an open panoramic sunroof. Occupants get to experience the outside temperature whilst on the move.