9. BMW X5 M
When the first X5 appeared in 1999, it was a big step for BMW. Not only it was their first SUV, but it was a fresh look at the SUV class. The X5 offered prime driving dynamics and road holding closer to a luxury sedan than to a bulky SUV. Almost 20 years later, we have the 570 HP X5 M with a 4.4-liter of twin-turbo V8, as well as a world-class chassis and suspension.
The X5 M is still one of the sportier cars in the segment. And not just because of its immense power and 4.1 second 0 to 60 mph times, but because BMW engineered this model as a true M Performance car. This means it has sharp handling, perfect braking and feels more like an M5 than an X5 SUV. And that is a great compliment to the BMW engineers.