What will they cost?
With badges like these, don’t expect any bargains. Cash buyers will need a minimum of £48,500, which buys the Volvo XC90 after discounts. Next up, £51,000 will put you behind the wheel of the Audi Q7, but don’t forget to factor in an extra £2000 for air suspension, needed for that sublime ride.
Being the newest with the least room for movement on price, the Land Rover Discovery comes in at £58,500. It’s a similar story on PCP finance: over 36 months, with a £6000 deposit and 10,000 miles per year, the XC90 is £644 a month, the Q7 £676 and the Discovery £820.
For company car drivers, the XC90’s lower price and CO2 emissions again make it the most affordable; over 36 months, it’s £2400 cheaper than the Q7 and £5400 less than the Discovery if you’re a 40% tax payer. Just £1 separates the monthly leasing cost of the XC90 and Q7 (both are close to £600), while the Discovery is about £80 more expensive.
Compared with its rivals, the Discovery is expected to hold on to a higher percentage of its list price after three years, but by the time you factor in fuel costs (its claimed average of 39.2mpg is significantly worse than the Q7’s 47.9mpg and the XC90’s 49.6mpg) and its slightly higher servicing costs, the Discovery is still the most expensive to own privately, followed by the Q7 and the XC90.
The Discovery is the most generously equipped, though. All three get electrically operated and heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors and LED headlights, but the Discovery has heated rear seats, too. It and the XC90 also get keyless entry as standard, while only the Discovery has a panoramic roof and full leather upholstery. The Q7 is the only one with four-zone climate control.
Maximum five-star Euro NCAP scores for all three cars confirm top-notch safety. All come with automatic emergency braking, while lane-keeping assistance is standard on the Discovery and XC90. The Q7 and Discovery get Isofix child seat mounts on all three rows of seats; the XC90 has them on its second row only.
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