Every luxury SUV rated

Thinking of buying a new SUV? Here we give our verdict on all of them, from small through to luxury, plus the hybrid and electric options...

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Every luxury SUV rated

Audi Q7

Our pick 50 TDI quattro S line
For Stunning interior, a smooth engine and a wonderfully pillowy ride on air suspension.
Against Rivals have better infotainment systems, while auto gearbox is slow-witted.
What Car? rating 5/5

They say nobody's perfect, but sometimes it’s easy to think otherwise. Remember that kid at school who seemed to be annoyingly brilliant at anything he turned his hand to? Well, the Audi Q7 is the SUV equivalent, sitting on or very near the top of the luxury SUV pile in almost every quantifiable area.

Take the interior. The sumptuous materials and scrupulous assembly mean that no rival can match the Q7 for quality, while the generous space and clever seating mean it’s also among the class leaders for practicality.

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On the road, meanwhile, it delivers a ride that’s as smooth and as quiet as you’ll find in any limousine, making it effortlessly cosseting, yet it still manages to feel remarkably compact and agile in a set of bends.

The swot of the luxury SUV class doesn’t quite have an unblemished school report, though. The automatic gearbox tends to hesitate when pulling away from junctions, while the recent switch from an intuitive dial-controlled infotainment system to a fiddlier touchscreen arrangement is a backward step. As touchscreens go, however, it’s still a decent example of the genre and delivers an impressively wide range of functionality.

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Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga front and side

Our pick 4.0 V8 Petrol
For Opulent interior brimming with goodies; very rapid; lots of personalisation options.
Against The Range Rover offers more space and the infotainment system could be better.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Our pick B5 Momentum
For Big, classy interior, with seating for seven and lots of standard equipment.
Against The ride isn’t as smooth as you’d expect and the suspension is noisy.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Cullinan front cornering

Our pick 6.75 V12
For Effortless acceleration; superb refinement; interior looks and feels truly special.
Against Remarkably expensive to buy and run, and the ride isn’t perfect.
What Car? rating 4/5


Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg front - 19 plate

Our pick 3.0 V6 TDI 231 4Motion SE
For Plenty of grunt from engine; spacious inside; excellent towing capabilities.
Against Interior feels cheap, while the ride is overly firm and the gearbox hesitant.
What Car? rating 3/5

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Mercedes GLE

Mercedes GLE

Our pick 300d 4Matic AMG Line
For Quiet cruising manners and a swanky looking interior with loads of space for five.
Against Not exactly sharp to drive, cramped third row and rivals have more load space.
What Car? rating 4/5

Land Rover Discovery

Our pick 2.0 Sd4 SE
For Decent finance deals, cheaper than rivals as a company car and a gutsy engine.
Against Rivals handle better and the touchscreen is sluggish to respond.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX front

Our pick V8
For Nicely weighted steering; rides and handles well; comfortable for four six-footers.
Against Very expensive; some rivals are faster; the car we drove was a prototype.
What Car? rating 4/5


BMW X7

BMW X7 front

Our pick xDrive30d
For Smooth-riding and quiet, with loads of room for seven and excellent infotainment.
Against It’s pricey to buy and feels its size, while the interior is a bit restrained.
What Car? rating 4/5

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Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport cornering

Our pick 3.0 SDV6 HSE
For Refinement, sumptuous interior with all the kit you need, and a comfortable ride
Against Pricey to buy, infotainment is slow to respond and fiddly, and reliability is poor.
What Car? rating 4/5

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And the rest...

Jeep Grand Cherokee - 2 stars
Lexus RX - 3 stars
Lexus RX L - 3 stars
Maserati Levante - 2 stars
Mercedes G-Class - 3 stars
Mercedes GLS - 3 stars
Range Rover - 4 stars


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