The Best Luxury SUVs for Tall Drivers According to U.S. News

If you’re taller than average, shopping for a luxury SUV can make for a daunting experience. While most luxury SUVs offer lots of head and legroom, some just don’t provide enough of it. For tall drivers, that can make such SUVs feel more cramped than comfortable. The good news is that U.S. News recently highlighted the best luxury SUVs for tall drivers. Let’s talk about their top picks.

The 2021 Volvo XC90 is as spacious as it is safe, and it’s pretty safe

There’s no denying that the 2021 Volvo XC90 has a lot going for it. It starts at $49,000, making it a compelling option for car shoppers in the market for a luxury SUV under $50,000. It also comes stocked to the brim with driver-assist safety features, making it no surprise that the IIHS tapped this year’s model as a Top Safety Pick+. The NHTSA also gave it a five-star overall safety rating. 

And when it comes to interior space? The new Volvo XC90 offers up plenty of it. So much so that U.S. News highlighted it as one of the best luxury SUVs for tall drivers. In fact, this year’s model boasts 40.9 inches of legroom for the driver and front passenger. Its second-row seats are pretty spacious too. Though, U.S. News does report that its available third-row is better suited for children. 

The 2021 BMW X7 offers up plenty of space for tall drivers

A BMW X7 at an auto show, the X7 is one of the best luxury SUVs for tall drivers
BMW X7 | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

Now, the 2021 Volvo XC90 isn’t the only luxury SUV suitable for tall drivers. As a matter of fact, U.S. News also included the 2021 BMW X7 among its picks of the best luxury SUVs for tall drivers. The new BMW X7 features three rows of seating along with room for up to seven passengers. Slip behind the wheel, and you’ll find that its front seats are very spacious, even offering up to 41.9 inches of headroom and 39.8 inches of legroom.

The 2021 BMW X7 has more to offer than a copious amount of head and legroom too. In fact, U.S. News lauded this luxury SUV for its long list of premium amenities. Standard are features like remote start, a heated steering wheel, heated front armrests, and wireless device charging. Also available are premium amenities like a panoramic moonroof and a power tailgate. 

The 2021 Land Rover Defender 110 is a comfortable luxury SUV for tall drivers

Perhaps neither the 2021 Volvo XC90 and the 2021 BMW X7 are quite your style. Fortunately, U.S. News also tapped the 2021 Land Rover Defender 110 as one of the best luxury SUVs for tall drivers. This new luxury SUV returns to the market after a two-decade hiatus and, according to U.S. News, is much more comfortable than its predecessor. While it provides the driver and front passenger with up to 40.6 inches of headroom and 39 inches of legroom, second-row passengers are treated to 40.4 inches of headroom and 39.1 inches of legroom.

And when it comes to features? The 2021 Land Rover Defender 110 doesn’t make any compromises. In fact, standard in this year’s model are features like eight-way semi-powered front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 10-inch touchscreen display featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This year’s model is also available with features like leather-trimmed seats, 12-way electronic memory front seats with two-way manual headrests, a head-up display, and a premium sound system.

The 2021 Tesla Model X is the best luxury SUV for tall drivers

A red 2021 Tesla Model X at a car show, the Model X is the best luxury SUV for tall drivers
2021 Tesla Model X | Gao Yuwen/VCG via Getty Images

When choosing the best luxury SUV for tall drivers, U.S. News chose none other than the 2021 Tesla Model X. This year’s new Model X boasts a generous amount of room for the driver and front-row passenger. In fact, with 41.7 inches of front headroom and 41.2 inches of front legroom, there’s no denying that this luxury SUV is spacious enough for tall drivers. Additionally, up to 40.9 inches of headroom, its second row is rather spacious too. 

Naturally, a spacious interior isn’t all that this luxury SUV has to offer. The new Tesla Model X also offers a slew of desirable interior features. Among those features are the SUV’s 17-inch cinematic display, multi-device wireless charging system, and a 22-speaker premium audio system. As for how much this luxury SUV will cost you? Opt for the base model, and you can anticipate spending approximately $89,990 on this year’s model.

“The Tesla Model X has made headlines for its blistering acceleration, its high-tech, minimalist interior design, and cutting-edge driver assistance features. But for taller drivers, the Model X is an attractive option due to its spacious seating.”

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Which luxury SUV is the best fit for you?

If you’re shopping for the best luxury SUV for tall drivers, you’ve got plenty of options to consider. In fact, these models make up just a few of the best luxury SUVs for tall drivers. U.S. News also highlighted models like the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, and the 2021 Lincoln Navigator. To determine which luxury SUV is the best fit for you, we recommend getting behind the wheel for a test drive.

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