I've been having trouble with this one. On the one hand, a good SUV or crossover serves a purpose. On the other hand, the height and weight does not lend naturally to sporty credentials. On the other hand, why shouldn't your luxury barge or super-useful grocery getter and kid transporter not be fun to kick around when nobody is watching?

Something like the Range Rover Sport SVR packs a 518 horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 and adjustable four-wheel-drive system which puts you in mind of the space, grace, and pace Jaguar provided of old. Jaguar's own F-Pace houses a supercharged V6 and doesn't slouch around jumping into traffic or playing on a twisty road.

The Jeep Trackhawk is a 6.2-liter V8, 707 horsepower monster that out-muscles muscle cars. Then you have things like the BMW X5 that sets the bar in its class, and Alfa Romeo's Stelvio which isn't a sugar substitute.

The question is... are automakers building genuinely fun, sporty, high-riding vehicles or should we just plain ignore them as exercises in futility? Let us know in the comments.

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