1. Audi Q7
Like the rival Volvo XC90, the Q7 has four-wheel drive as standard but is geared towards surefooted on-road use, rather than traversing muddy fields. It’s also an extremely practical car, thanks to a generously proportioned interior and huge boot. But what really sets the Q7 apart is its stunning interior, sensational refinement and pillowy ride.
Our pick: 3.0 TDI quattro SE
The seven-seat SUVs to avoid:
Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has been a staggering success in the UK because its plug-in hybrid powertrain means it qualifies for low tax and the Government’s plug-in car grant. Unfortunately, if you want a seven-seat Outlander, you have to go for the 2.2-litre diesel model, which loses these advantages while keeping the PHEV's numb steering and unsettled ride.
The Rexton W looks tempting on paper, because it undercuts everything of similar size by thousands of pounds. However, this is one instance where you get what you pay for. The interior feels cheap, the ride is bouncy and the handling defines ponderous.
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