New Range Rover Velar & Audi SQ7 vs BMW X6

The new Range Rover Velar may look great, but is the V6 diesel version better than luxury SUV rivals like the Audi SQ7 and BMW X6?...

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What Car? team
27 October 2016

Our verdict

As our online poll proves, many of you think the Velar is the most desirable car in this test – and it’s not just a pretty face. Its standard air suspension delivers a relaxing ride, while the eye-catching interior will make you feel special every time you get behind the wheel. Performance and practicality aren’t all that but, if you’ve been seduced by those looks, you won’t be disappointed.

The Velar doesn’t come close to winning this match-up, though. The SQ7 is simply one of the most complete cars on sale. Devastating performance, barely believable agility and a superb interior are strengths, but it’s also remarkably comfortable and quiet and easily the most practical of our trio.

The X6 comes last but is no lemon. It’s good to drive and, despite those coupé looks, its boot is surprisingly practical. It’s just a shame the engine isn’t quieter and that any savings you’ll make when buying will be eaten up by heavy depreciation.

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1st – Audi SQ7

New Range Rover Velar & Audi SQ7 vs BMW X6

For Staggering performance; seems to defy physics through corners; seriously practical; quality interior

Against The most expensive company car

Must-have options None

Rated 5 out of 5

2nd – Range Rover Velar

New Range Rover Velar & Audi SQ7 vs BMW X6

For Mostly comfortable ride; quiet engine; generous amount of standard kit

Against Rear space; smallest boot; expensive on PCP finance

Must-have options Extended Leather Pack (£1165)

Rated 4 out of 5

3rd – BMW X6

New Range Rover Velar & Audi SQ7 vs BMW X6

For Cheapest to buy privately; great infotainment system

Against Firmest ride; stingiest standard kit; heavy depreciation; noisiest cruiser

Must-have options Adjustable lumbar support (£275), Apple CarPlay/Android Auto (£235)

Rated 3 out of 5

Specifications: Audi SQ7

Engine size 8cyl, 3956cc, diesel

List price £72,895

Target Price £71,467

Power 429bhp @ 3750-5000rpm

Torque 664Ib ft @ 1000-3250rpm

0-60mph 4.5sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 39.2mpg

True MPG 30.8mpg

CO2 emissions 190g/km

Specifications: BMW X6 xDrive40d M Sport

Engine size 6cyl, 2993cc, diesel

List price £61,720

Target Price £58,245

Power 309bhp @ 4400rpm

Torque 465Ib ft @ 1500-2500rpm

0-60mph 5.5sec

Top speed 149mph

Gov't fuel economy 44.8mpg

CO2 emissions 165g/km

Specifications: Range Rover Velar D300 HSE

Engine size 6cyl, 2993cc, diesel

List price £68,110

Target Price £68,110

Power 296bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 516Ib ft @ 1500rpm

0-60mph 7.0sec

Top speed 150mph

Gov't fuel economy 44.1mpg

CO2 emissions 167g/km

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