Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

The Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 are both popular choices, but which of these luxury SUVs is the better buy?...

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What Car? team
12 Dec 2015 20:40 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Our verdict

It's a close contest between two excellent cars. However, the Audi Q7 takes the win because its blend of pace, comfort and refinement will appeal to more SUV buyers. The interior is also beautifully built and practical and, in S line trim, the Q7 comes well equipped.

That said, the Volvo XC90 makes a great case for itself if you want something that's a little more fun to drive. Although the differences are small, it is also more spacious, especially if you often use all seven seats.

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1st – Audi Q7

Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

For Well equipped; great ride; smooth and powerful engine

Against Expensive to buy and run; poor body control in bends

Verdict One of the most refined SUVs you can buy

Rated 5 out of 5

Read our full Audi Q7 review

Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

For Good to drive; very spacious; classy interior

Against Jittery ride; road and suspension noise

Verdict Not quite as relaxing, but more fun to drive and still a great car

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Volvo XC90 review

Find a great Volvo XC90 deal

Specifications: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 272 quattro S line

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel

List price £54,540

Target Price £49,765

Power 268bhp

Torque 443lb ft

0-60mph 6.2 sec

Top speed 145mph

Fuel economy 32.6mpg

CO2 emissions 153g/km

Specifications: Volvo XC90 D5 AWD Inscription

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price £52,050

Target Price £49,645

Power 221bhp

Torque 347lb ft

0-62mph 8.2sec

Top speed 137mph

Fuel economy 36.5mpg

CO2 emissions 149g/km