Audi Q7 vs Lexus RX 450h

The luxurious Audi Q7 has beaten the best diesel SUVs, but would you be better off with Lexus's petrol-electric RX450h hybrid?...

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What Car? team
03 May 2016

Audi Q7 vs Lexus RX 450h

Our verdict

The formidable Audi Q7 wraps up a relatively easy win here. It’s more comfortable and refined than any rival at this price point by some margin, and it’s classier-feeling inside than the RX and considerably more practical.

In fact, the only reason not to buy this particular version of the Q7 is that the more powerful (272) model brings even stronger performance for not a lot more money.

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1st – Audi Q7

Audi Q7 vs Lexus RX 450h

For Strong and smooth engine; pillowy ride; hugely practical; classy interior

Against Higher CO2 emissions; not as well equipped

Verdict Not the best Q7, but still a mighty fine large SUV

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Lexus RX

Audi Q7 vs Lexus RX 450h

For Lots of standard luxuries and safety kit; smart interior; low CO2 emissions

Against Inferior ride and handling; nowhere near as practical; noisier

Verdict Tempting – but only if you’re a company car driver

Rated 3 out of 5

Read our full Lexus RX review

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Also consider:

Specifications: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 218 SE

Engine size 3.0-litre V6 diesel

List price £49,560

Target Price £46,274

Power 215bhp

Torque 369lb ft

0-62mph 7.8sec

Top speed 134mph

Fuel economy 37.9mpg (True MPG)

CO2 emissions 150g/km

Specifications: Lexus RX 450h Luxury

Engine size 3.5-litre V6 petrol, plus electric motors

List price £51,655

Target Price £48,359

Power 308bhp (combined)

Torque 247lb ft (petrol engine)

0-62mph 8.6sec

Top speed 122mph

Fuel economy 38.7mpg (True MPG)

CO2 emissions 119g/km


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