New Lexus RX L & Volkswagen Touareg vs Audi Q7

Not much can beat a luxury SUV for versatility. But can anything beat the class-leading Audi Q7? Newcomers from Lexus and Volkswagen are here to help us find out...

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31 Aug 2017 6:0 | Last updated: 21 Sep 2018 13:18

Our verdict

It may be three years old, but the Audi Q7 is still the best luxury SUV you can buy. Not only is it one of the most relaxing cars on the planet to bumble around in, but it can also pick up its skirts and charge up to motorway speeds, even with a full load on board. Given that it’s the most spacious and has the joint highest towing capacity, with optional air suspension fitted, there really isn’t much it can’t do.

In second place is the Volkswagen Touareg. Although it doesn’t have seven seats, it’s thoroughly practical, roomy and, in the right spec, almost as good to drive as the Q7. However, it’s let down by its cheap-feeling interior and an uncomfortable ride unless you pay extra for air suspension.

Bringing up the rear is the Lexus RX L. While it’s well equipped and makes a great deal of sense for company car users, it lags behind when it comes to the driving experience and has a downright frustrating infotainment system.

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1st – Audi Q7

 

New Lexus RX L & Volkswagen Touareg vs Audi Q7

For Best to drive overall; most spacious; cheapest to buy and run for private buyers

Against You’ll need to add a few options

Recommended options Tour Pack Advanced (£2655), Technology Pack (£1695), metallic paint (£675)

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Volkswagen Touareg

 

New Lexus RX L & Volkswagen Touareg vs Audi Q7

For Sharpest handling; cheapest on PCP finance; best brakes

Against Hesitant gearbox; cheapest-feeling interior; priciest to run

Recommended options Air suspension with rear-wheel steering (£2370), metallic paint (£850)

Rated 3 out of 5

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3rd – Lexus RX L

 

New Lexus RX L & Volkswagen Touareg vs Audi Q7

For Best equipped; best reliability record; quietest around town

Against Fiddliest infotainment; smallest boot; no towing capability

Recommended options Metallic paint (£645)

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 272 S line

Engine size V6, 2967cc, diesel

List price £57,785

Target Price £53,143

Power 268bhp @ 3250-4250rpm

Torque 443Ib ft @ 1500-3000rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 6.2sec

Top speed 145mph

Gov't fuel economy 47.1mpg

Test MPG 34.3mpg

CO2 emissions 158g/km


Specifications: Lexus RX L 450h Premier

Engine size V6, 3456cc, petrol, plus electric motors

List price £61,995

Target Price £57,886

Power 309bhp (total system output)

Torque 247Ib ft @ 4600rpm (engine only)

Gearbox CVT automatic

0-60mph 7.6sec

Top speed 112mph

Gov't fuel economy 47.1mpg

Test MPG 33.3mpg

CO2 emissions 138g/km


Specifications: Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI 286 R-Line Tech

Engine size V6, 2967cc, diesel

List price £59,195

Target Price £55,250

Power 282bhp @ 3500-4000rpm

Torque 442Ib ft @ 2250-3250rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 6.3sec

Top speed 146mph

Gov't fuel economy 42.8mpg

Test MPG 33.8mpg

CO2 emissions 173g/km

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