2016 was a big year for the Sports Utility Vehicle with marquees across the board diving headfirst into the market. If the initial responses to these releases are anything to go by, 2017 will be the year of the SUV – where our roads will be dominated by the various sizes of these elevated vehicles.

Just look out the window and you will see that it has already started: the rise of the SUV.

So before you get left behind, and find yourself stuck in traffic surrounded by wheels bigger than your car, here are 10 SUVs, primed to take over in 2017 for you to choose from:

Mitsubishi Outlander

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The Mitsubishi Outlander is an affordable option that offers the best of an SUV coupled with Japanese reliability.

Mitsubishi Outlander

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Not only is it a genuine looker, the Outlander also prioritises safety with stability and traction control, child-seat anchors, and 7-airbags placed throughout.

Mitsubishi Outlander

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The 7-seater offers up 1,608 litres of space with the second and third row folded. Priced from RM168,600 onwards. Find out more.

Audi Q7 Quattro

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The Audi Q7 Quattro was released in late 2015 and saw an increased presence on our roads last year.

Audi Q7 Quattro

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Audi’s largest SUV, the “mountain that moves” completes the century sprint in 6.3 seconds.

Audi Q7 Quattro

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Also has up to 1955 litres of space and comes with a Bose sound system. Priced from RM494,149 onwards. Learn more.

Volvo XC90

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Sweden’s pride, Volvo built-up an undeserved negative reputation, that is thankfully being shed with its sexy new designs.

Volvo XC90

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The XC90 is a plug-in hybrid that carries on the brands penchant for safety with a host of technological upgrades.

Volvo XC90

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Malaysia is the first country outside of Sweden to assemble the XC90 locally. Priced from RM403,888. Learn more.

Porsche Macan GTS

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Porsche gave the Cayenne Junior an upgrade last year with the release of the Macan GTS.

Porsche Macan GTS

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The motor racing inspired GTS packs a three-litre V6 bi-turbo engine that produces 360 hp…

Porsche Macan GTS

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… that takes from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 256km/h. Priced from RM710,000 onwards. Learn more.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé

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Mercedes-Benz had an incredibly busy 2016, releasing new cars for nearly every class, including six variants bearing the ‘GL’ badge.

Mercedes-Benz GLE

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The GLC and GLE received coupé variants, released alongside the full-sized GLS and iconic G Wagon.

Mercedes-Benz GLS

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The GLC is priced from RM325,888, the GLE is priced from RM486,888, and the GLS is priced from RM888,888. Learn more.

Jaguar F-Pace

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Jaguar’s first SUV arrived on our shores late last year to stand testament to how all carmakers are taking the segment seriously.

 Jaguar F-Pace

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Although labelled a ‘compact SUV’ the F-Pace is still sizeable and comes with a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 powerplant.

Jaguar F-Pace

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Available in 2 trims, Prestige and R Sport that are priced at RM598,800 and RM658,800 respectively. Learn more.

Maserati Levante

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If the Jaguar F-Pace represents a small signal of intent, the Maserati Levante is a searchlight being beamed into the sky.

Maserati Levante

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The Italian brands first-ever SUV was previewed last year without pricing, setting the aim of hitting the road in 2017.

Maserati Levante

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Its sleek exterior carries on into the interior that boasts the same swagger as its siblings, promising the same kind of luxury in a bigger package. Learn more.

Bentley Bentayga

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The benchmark for luxury SUVs was set by the Bentley Bentayga when it debuted in 2015.

Bentley Bentayga

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Since then, its diesel variant has been named the world’s fastest diesel SUV, while Bentley tries to keep up with its high demand.

Bentley Bentayga

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And because Bentley is Bentley, and bespoking is a must, its price tag is fluid, but simply put: if you have to ask, you probably can’t own it. Learn more.

Not every car is a roaring success, and some unfortunately bear the sins of their makers.

Tags: Porsche, Maserati, Bentley, Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, SUV, Volvo, Mitsubishi, Benz