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Used SUVs: Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90 verdict

Bought used, you can put either of these luxury SUVs on your driveway for nearly half the price of a new one. But which should you go for?...

Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

Our Verdict

There are two great luxury SUVs on offer here, and both are really good buys bought at this age.

As ever, though, we're hugely impressed by the Q7, and that's where our money would go. Not only does it have the smoothest and most powerful engine of the two cars here, and the best ride, but it also has the edge on interior quality. When you consider how buyers of this type of car are likely to use them, it’s the superior refinement, the high equipment levels and the strong diesel engine of the Q7 that really stand out and help seal the deal. 

That said, the XC90 is a tad more practical. Space in the rear of the Volvo is better and so is the overall boot volume with the seats up or down. The XC90 is also the nicer vehicle to drive on typically windy British roads, and despite the less refined engine, it is more economical. It might finish second here but we wouldn't blame you a jot if you were tempted by its many charms. 

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1st – Audi Q7

Used test: Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

For Well equipped; great ride; smooth and powerful engine
Against Expensive to run; poor body control in bends
Verdict One of the most refined used SUVs you can buy

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Volvo XC90

Used test: Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

For Good to drive; very spacious; classy interior; lower purchase and running costs
Against Jittery ride; road and suspension noise
Verdict Not quite as refined, but still a great car

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 272 Quattro S Line

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
Power 268bhp
Torque 443lb ft
0-60mph 6.2sec
Top speed 145mph
Fuel economy 47.9mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 153g/km NEDC


Specifications: Volvo XC90 D5 AWD Inscription

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 221bhp
Torque 347lb ft
0-60mph 8.2sec
Top speed 137mph
Fuel economy 49.6mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 149g/km NEDC