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Used test: Audi Q5 vs BMW X3 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport verdict

The Audi Q5 is one of our favourite used large SUVs, but could the more practical Land Rover Discovery Sport or fine-driving BMW X3 dethrone it?...

2017 Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro S line

Our verdict

Experience the Land Rover Discovery Sport in isolation and you'll be pretty smitten. Its strong engine and rugged off-road ability impress, plus it's your only choice if seven seats are a must-have. However, in the company of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, it struggles to keep up. Not literally, because it's the most powerful car here, but in the sense that its flaws become more obvious. It's less composed and refined to drive, as well as less efficient. Its poor reliability record is a concern, too. 

Which is superior out of our other two contenders is a much closer call, but in the end it's the Q5 that is our winner. The X3 does have a top-notch infotainment system and a fun driving experience – the most enjoyable here – but the Q5 is more relaxing to drive, plus it has a classier interior and a bigger boot. It's incredibly accomplished and, in the used large SUV class, it remains the very best money can buy. 

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1st – Audi Q5 

Audi Q5 rear

For Smoothest engine; classiest interior; tidy handling; comfiest ride; biggest boot

Against Gearbox jerky in traffic; can be tricky to find a used example with the right options on it

What Car? says Five out of five stars

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2nd – BMW X3 

BMW X3 rear

For Smart interior; rewarding handling; superb infotainment; smooth gearbox

Against Slightly grumbly engine

What Car? says Five out of five stars

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3rd – Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport rear

For Seven seats; most rear leg room; well equipped; strong performance; sweet steering

Against Least composed ride; gruff engine; hesitant gearbox; high running costs

What Car? says Three out of five stars

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Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro S line S tronic

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 187bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 8.0sec
Top speed 135mph
Fuel economy 56.4mpg (NEDC official average)
CO2 emissions 133g/km


BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 187bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 8.1sec
Top speed 132mph
Fuel economy 54.3mpg (NEDC official average)
CO2 emissions 138g/km


Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 SD4 HSE

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 237bhp
Torque 369lb ft
0-60mph 7.9sec
Top speed 127mph
Fuel economy 44.1mpg (NEDC official average)
CO2 emissions 169g/km