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Used test: Audi Q7 vs BMW X7 vs Land Rover Discovery verdict

You can save up to £23,000 on these luxurious SUVs if you buy at two years old instead of new. But which of them should you choose?...

New Land Rover Discovery vs Audi Q7 vs BMW X7 noses

Our verdict

With its smooth engine and genuine off-road ability, not to mention its somewhat mild (compared to our other two contenders) deprecation, the Land Rover Discovery makes a valiant case for itself. It stumbles over some key hurdles, though, namely in the handling and reliability departments.

Extremely plush and surprisingly agile, the Audi Q7 hasn't lost its charm. It's better value in other trims, but on the upside this Vorsprung model is bursting with kit. Overall, there are very few flaws against its name.

Even with the Q7 setting the bar incredibly high, the BMW X7 manages to exceed it. Not only does it have the plushest interior, but it’s also the biggest inside. Performance is impressive and so is fuel economy. In almost all areas, the X7 goes above and beyond, yet costs the same to buy as its two rivals. It takes the victory.

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1st  BMW X7

BMW X7 2021 rear cornering

For Strong yet frugal engine; huge boot; quietest cruiser; roomiest for passengers; opulent interior
Against Not as well equipped as the Q7

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Audi Q7

Audi Q7 rear

For The most comfortable; surprisingly agile; very well equipped
Against Hesitant gearbox; relatively cramped third row

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

Used Audi Q7 2015-present review >>

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3rd – Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery 2021 rear cornering

For Smooth engine; best third-row head room; best driving position
Against Least composed ride and handling; some cheap-feeling interior materials; poor reliability record

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Audi Q7 50 TDI quattro Vorsprung

Engine 6cyl, 2967cc, diesel
Power 282bhp 
Torque 443lb ft 
0-60mph 6.2sec
Top speed 150mph
Test economy 31.3mpg
Official economy 33.6mpg

Specifications: BMW X7 xDrive40d M Sport

Engine 6cyl, 2993cc, diesel
Power 335bhp 
Torque 516lb ft 
0-60mph 5.7sec
Top speed 152mph
Test economy 33.3mpg
Official economy 36.2mpg

Specifications: Land Rover Discovery D300 R-Dynamic HSE

Engine 6cyl, 2996cc, diesel
Power 296bhp
Torque 479lb ft 
0-60mph 6.6sec
Top speed 130mph
Test economy 30.5mpg
Official economy 33.0mpg

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