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Top 5 Luxury SUVs for Ski Holidays in the Swiss Alps

Dec 13, 2018

Trying to find the best luxury SUVs for winter driving in the Swiss Alps? Take your pick from our round-up of ultimate marques including the Porsche Cayenne. Audi Q8 and Range Rover Sport.

Trying to find a safe and comfortable luxury SUV for your Alpine ski holiday? The choice can be bewildering so we highlight some of the top brands. These luxury vehicle rentals boast the latest high-tech driver assist systems without compromising on comfort and driver satisfaction. Join us for a virtual test drive!

Top 5 Luxury SUVs to Consider for Ski Holidays in the Swiss Alps

Bever Village in the Swiss Alps

The snow report is promising; the ski resort is booked. All you need is a top set of wheels and your Alpine winter sports fun can begin. Whether you’re planning to spend a week in Courchevel, Megeve or rent a chalet in Chamonix or Meribel, we offer you a Meet and Greet Service from Grenoble or Geneva Airports.

We take five luxury SUVs for a virtual spin so you can choose the perfect luxury car rental to suit your specific needs. Driving on icy mountain roads in the Swiss Alps generally requires a different set of wheels than the typical UK commute, so consider trying out something a little different from your usual drive back home. Pick up and drop off is easy from either Geneva or Grenoble-Isère Airport. So fasten your seat belt – we’re off!

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne handles the snow - Photo courtesy by

With up to 400 hp, and a responsive V-8 engine, the Porsche Cayenne will gobble up the miles between the airport and your chosen winter ski resort in Switzerland. This sporty-looking SUV has the capacity to easily master tricky mountain passes and endless twists and turns, making it a delight to drive. Relax at the wheel and appreciate the easy handling, powerful engine and reassuring all-wheel drive of this Porsche classic.

The unmistakable Porsche trademark is clearly evident in the elegantly designed interior, which is equally important for driver and passengers. Slide into the sculpted leather driving seat and you’ll find all the functions are logical and easy to locate. Passengers will be equally enamoured with the generous leg space and upmarket Porsche Entertainment System.

Don’t be deceived by the benign curves of this Porsche Cayenne. It’s a true wolf in sheep’s clothing, combining all the attributes of an all-terrain vehicle with the familiar style and shape of a Porsche family SUV.

Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport - Photo courtesy by

The very name Range Rover Sport suggests this luxury SUV was built with snowy mountains and active winter sports in mind. You’re unlikely to need the 7.2 second acceleration from 0-100km/h or the 222 km/h top speed, but it’s always nice to know it’s ready and available beneath the shapely bonnet.

More pertinent, perhaps, is the Terrain Response Technology, a patented system devised by Land Rover specifically with mountain driving in mind. It was designed to provide cross-country mobility by sensing and adjusting appropriately to any terrain making it a smart choice for any winter holiday in the Alps. It automatically locks into a specific mode to provide a synergy between transmission, suspension and traction for whatever the road presents.

Whether you encounter uneven terrain, waterlogged or slippery roads, the Range Rover Sport puts 21st century engineering at your fingertips. Renting this luxury SUV makes winter driving in the Alps reassuringly safe, comfortable and fun.


BMW X5 with its distinctive grill - Photo courtesy by Hohlovmihail

If you’re looking to hire a midsize luxury SUV, the BMW X5 excels in all aspects of comfort and driver experience. It delivers good all-round visibility for driver and passengers as one pretty snow-covered village after another flashes by. Features include a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bang & Olufsen sound system and a wireless charging pad, so teens and techies will be happy.

The racy acceleration and intelligent all-wheel x-drive system take the stress out of the journey for drivers, providing arguably the best road-holding grip whatever the weather or road conditions. Rough terrain, switch-back turns and wet roads are just par for the course with this popular SUV.In addition, there’s an optional third row of seats for groups of skiers who are light on luggage and plan to hire ski equipment at the resort.

Audi Q8

Sleek and sexy Audi Q8 - Photo courtesy by Audi Media Center 

Undeniably handsome, the Audi Q8 is a great choice if you’re picking a luxury SUV solely on its looks. But it’s more than just a pretty face. Tickle the accelerator and you’ll immediately feel the power of the 335 hp turbo-charged 3.0-litre V-6 powerhouse engine. The Quattro all-wheel drive gives you the reassurance of the best possible traction, even on wintry roads in the Swiss Alps.

Designed to transport five adults in comfort, the high-end aluminium structure and tried-and-tested suspension system are enhanced by ample leg and headroom for any six-foot-plus drivers or passengers. Generous luggage space, a plush interior and twin-screen infotainment are definite passenger pleasers in this surprisingly comfortable ride.

Mercedes GLS

Snow testing the Mercedes GLS

Those who like a little more sports with their utility will find the Mercedes GLS is a great luxury SUV rental choice. This upmarket vehicle will eat up the miles between Geneva Airport and the pristine ski slopes of Zermatt, Grindelwald and Wengen with characteristic German precision and reliability.This full size vehicle has a comfortable interior and the latest driver assist technology.

Ample cargo space is paired with an eager engine, whether you opt for the 3-litre turbo diesel V-6 or the 4.6 litre V8. Each model is governed by a 9-speed automatic transmission, so gear-change is subtle and intuitive in this smooth drive.It’s reassuring to know that whatever you encounter on the road, the Mercedes GLS is designed to handle every possible scenario.

So, in case you favor the splendid Jungfrau scenery in Switzerland, the cosy intimacy of skiing in Zermatt or Verbier or the prestigious après-ski shopping and dining in St Moritz, we have the right set of wheels ready for you.

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