Per­for­mance SUV shoot-out

We pick from two high-pow­ered, high-rid­ing SUVS as used buys

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Ex­perts choose from Grand Chero­kee SRT and Ma­can Turbo

Porsche Ma­can Turbo Years: 2015 to date En­gine: 3.6-litre V6, 394bhp Ins grp: 44 Of­fi­cial econ/co2: 31.7mpg/208g/km Why? The Ma­can is one of the best SUVS money can buy, with a pow­er­ful turbo en­gine and great han­dling.

Prices from: £52,500

THE Porsche Ma­can Turbo of­fers stun­ning per­for­mance for a com­pact SUV, with nearly 400bhp and a 0-62mph time to match a 911.

Take one look at the Ma­can Turbo’s near-twotonne weight and you’d be for­given for think­ing it would drive like a reg­u­lar off-roader. But it doesn’t. Porsche’s en­gi­neers worked won­ders to de­liver the best-han­dling SUV on the mar­ket.

The brand’s 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 en­gine is hooked up to a seven-speed dual-clutch gear­box, and with launch con­trol and four­wheel drive, it de­liv­ers breath­tak­ing pace.

In ad­di­tion, the car is pretty prac­ti­cal for day-to-day use; although the Jeep is big­ger over­all, the Ma­can has plenty of head­room in the back. The in­te­rior is a much classier and more lux­u­ri­ous place to sit as well.

Porsche fin­ished 14th in the mak­ers’ chart of our Driver Power 2016 sat­is­fac­tion sur­vey, which was mid-ta­ble. The Ma­can didn’t score in the top 100, although the Audi Q5 on which it’s based ranked in a dis­ap­point­ing 87th place.

Jeep Grand Chero­kee SRT Years: 2015 to date En­gine: 6.4-litre V8, 461bhp Ins grp: 50 Of­fi­cial econ/co2: 20.2mpg/327g/km Why? Char­ac­ter­ful Jeep is like noth­ing else on the road, with plenty of wow fac­tor from that huge V8. Prices from: £42,000

WITH its Grand Chero­kee SRT, Jeep adds some Amer­i­can flavour to the fast off-roader mar­ket by us­ing a blend of tech­nol­ogy and brute force to de­liver high-oc­tane thrills and prac­ti­cal­ity.

The brand’s Street and Rac­ing Tech­nol­ogy (SRT) team has fit­ted a huge 6.4-litre HEMI V8, so the car pro­duces 461bhp and can sprint from 0-62mph in five sec­onds; that’s not bad for a big 4x4 that weighs al­most 2.5 tonnes.

Put your foot to the floor and the V8’s bur­ble be­comes a full-on roar. But while the Grand Chero­kee talks a good game, its abil­ity tells a dif­fer­ent tale. The car feels heavy in cor­ners, and is no match for its ag­ile ri­val here.

Still, the Jeep is more spa­cious than the Porsche, plus you’ll be able to pick one up used for much less money.

Although Jeep per­formed poorly as a brand in Driver Power 2016, fin­ish­ing a dis­ap­point­ing 31st, the Grand Chero­kee it­self ranked a very im­pres­sive ninth over­all. Own­ers rated it highly for per­for­mance and prac­ti­cal­ity.

Ma­can de­liv­ers 911 pace; cabin feels sporty, too V8 Jeep has real mus­cle; in­te­rior of­fers lots of kit

Porsche of­fers de­cent room for three in rear; more im­pres­sive is its sports car-like han­dling

Big­ger Grand Chero­kee has edge on back-seat space, but it feels cum­ber­some on twisty roads

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