July 21, 2024
Electric & Hybrid Cars

Top Picks June 2024: A Selection of German SUVs and a Standout Sports Car

This month introduces some newly updated luxury SUVs to our Editors’ Picks list. The 2024 BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne are both fresh options that cater to affluent buyers looking for luxury and performance. With a range of powertrain options available, there is a version to suit every preference, including high-performance models that are sure to excite enthusiasts. And for those who value driving experience above all else, the Lotus Emira is a standout choice, offering a thrilling ride that is sure to impress any hardcore driver.

If you’re unfamiliar with our Editors’ Picks, here’s a quick summary of what it entails. We use a 1-10 rating system to evaluate all the new cars we test, and those that excel in their respective categories receive an Editors’ Pick designation. These are the cars that we would confidently recommend to friends, family, and anyone seeking advice on their next vehicle purchase. You can find the complete list of Editors’ Picks here, which we update regularly as we add or remove vehicles. The following vehicles are the ones that earned an Editors’ Pick designation from our June reviews.

2024 BMW X5

Overview: The BMW X5 shines in its PHEV and M60i V8 configurations, offering a blend of performance, luxury, and advanced technology that sets it apart in its segment.

Rating: 7.5

Competitors: Mercedes-Benz GLE, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport, Maserati Levante, Genesis GV80, Audi Q8

Pros: Outstanding driving dynamics with a variety of powertrain options; impressive utility and innovative features; sporty yet tasteful design

Cons: Infotainment system can be cumbersome; M Competition model may be too aggressive for some; costs can escalate quickly with added options

Editorial Comments:

Senior Editor, Electric John Beltz Snyder — “The dual-opening liftgate/tailgate feature is a practical and convenient touch. The X5’s versatility and performance make it a joy to drive, especially the M Competition model which begs to be pushed to its limits.”

Road Test Editor Zac Palmer — “I would opt for the X5 M60i for its potent V8 without the track-focused suspension of the M Competition. The PHEV variant is also appealing, but across the board, the X5 lineup offers something for everyone. My main gripe is with the somewhat frustrating infotainment system, particularly when adjusting the climate controls frequently.”

Additional Analysis: 9 insights into the 2024 BMW X5 M Competition

2024 Porsche Cayenne

Overview: The Porsche Cayenne excels in every aspect, delivering unmatched performance and driving experience that make it the ultimate driver’s SUV. While it comes at a premium price, it offers unparalleled capabilities.

Rating: 8

Competitors: Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW X5, Range Rover Sport, Maserati Levante, Genesis GV80, Audi Q8

Pros: Unrivaled driving dynamics for its price range; cutting-edge technology that functions seamlessly; extensive customization options and a range of performance variants

Cons: Higher price point compared to rivals; limited cargo space; additional costs for premium features

Editorial Comments:

Road Test Editor Zac Palmer — “For enthusiasts seeking performance in an SUV, the Porsche Cayenne is the top choice. The recent updates have enhanced its luxury and technology offerings, making it a well-rounded option. I recommend the S variant for those looking to experience a V8 on a budget, but the E-Hybrid models are also compelling with their electric range and strong performance.”

Senior Editor, West Coast James Riswick — “Consider the 2024 Porsche Cayenne as a refined version 3.5, with incremental improvements over its predecessor. While not a complete redesign, the latest updates go beyond a typical mid-cycle refresh.”

Additional Analysis: 2024 Porsche Cayenne Review: The ultimate all-rounder

2024 Lotus Emira

Overview: The Lotus Emira sets a new standard for driving enjoyment, offering a thrilling experience that will leave enthusiasts in awe. With its exceptional handling and powerful engine, it is sure to become a legend in the sports car world.

Rating: 9

Competitors: Porsche 718 Cayman, Chevrolet Corvette, BMW M4

Pros: Exceptional driver engagement and feedback; exhilarating engine soundtrack; modern technology features

Cons: Noisy and less refined on highways; cramped seating position; limited practicality

Editorial Comments:

Road Test Editor Zac Palmer — “If pure driving pleasure is your priority, the Emira is the sports car for you. While it may not be the fastest in a straight line, its exceptional chassis leaves a lasting impression. The Emira strikes a balance between performance and luxury, making it a joy to drive in any situation. Its striking appearance, captivating sound, and responsive controls make it a standout in the mid-engine sports car category.”

Additional Analysis: Lotus Emira V6 First Edition Road Test: A thrilling driving experience


Q: Are these Editors’ Picks based on personal opinions?

A: No, our Editors’ Picks are based on a collective evaluation of each vehicle’s performance, features, and value in its respective segment.

Q: Can I trust the recommendations for these vehicles?

A: Yes, our Editors’ Picks are highly regarded and are recommended to anyone seeking a well-informed choice for their next vehicle purchase.


With the 2024 BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, and Lotus Emira earning Editors’ Pick designations, it’s clear that these vehicles offer exceptional qualities that set them apart from the competition. Whether you prioritize luxury, performance, or pure driving enjoyment, there’s a standout option for every enthusiast in this selection.

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