What alternatives should I consider to a used Audi Q7 4x4?
The most obvious rival to the Q7 is the Volvo XC90. The doyen of the school run, the first-generation XC90 established itself as a bit of an SUV legend, while the second-generation version, launched in 2015, took up the baton and ran with it. Both make great used buys. For starters, they all have a classy, spacious seven-seat interior and can tackle any task from a shopping trip to motorway cruising. There's a range of relatively small petrol and diesel engines, as well as a pricey but potentially very frugal plug-in hybrid.
Another rival would be the Land Rover Discovery. Not many cars can match its blend of supreme on-road practicality and class-leading go-anywhere off-road capabilities. It’s relaxing on long motorway journeys, even when fully loaded, and yet can just as easily hare across a rutted field, with its permanent four-wheel drive ensuring good traction. Shop carefully, though, because it doesn’t have the best of reliability records.