Used test: Audi Q7 vs Land Rover Discovery vs Volvo XC90: verdict

Three tremendous luxury SUVs that can be bought used for a fraction of their new price. But which one should be gracing your driveway? We have the answer...

Audi Q7 vs Land Rover Discovery vs Volvo XC90 under bridge

Our verdict

Three great cars and, bought as here, at three great prices, too. 

We love the XC90, but it’s the first to go here, despite being the cheapest. It’s classy and agile on the road, but road noise and its choppy ride let it down. There’s also the question of future depreciation. 

The Discovery is the most expensive, and there’s a question mark over its reliability, but it’s hugely impressive. It’s brilliant off-road, as you’d expect, and it comes pretty close to the Q7 when it comes to refinement and comfort. Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s the best equipped and likely to have the strongest residual values. 

However, the Q7 beats it because it’s cheaper to buy and the classiest car here. It’s the most refined, the most comfortable and it has a much better infotainment system than the others, even better than the one in the latest Q7. It’s the best luxury SUV and it has very few faults. 

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1st – Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 272 S line

New Land Rover Discovery vs Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

For Strong and silky engine; supple ride; quietest at speed; quality interior
Against Space tight in the third row; try to find one with air suspension for best ride

What Car? rating 5 out of 5 stars

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2nd – Land Rover Discovery 3.0L Td6 HSE

New Land Rover Discovery vs Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

For Roomiest third row; brilliant off-road and great on it; well equipped
Against Potential reliability issues; more expensive to buy and run

What Car? rating 4 out of 5 stars

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3rd – Volvo XC90 2.0 D5 PowerPulse R Design

New Land Rover Discovery vs Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

For Tidy handling; cheapest to buy here; classy interior
Against Too much road and engine noise; lumpy ride; worst residuals

What Car? rating 4 out of 5 stars

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Specifications: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 272 S line

  • Engine size - 3.0-litre diesel
  • Power - 268bhp
  • Torque - 443lb ft
  • 0-60mph - 6.1sec
  • Top speed - 145mph
  • Fuel economy - 47.9mpg (official average)
  • CO2 emissions - 153g/km

Specifications: Land Rover Discovery 3.0L Td6 HSE

  • Engine size - 3.0-litre diesel
  • Power - 255bhp
  • Torque - 443lb ft
  • 0-60mph - 8.4sec
  • Top speed - 130mph
  • Fuel economy - 39.2mpg (official average)
  • CO2 emissions - 185g/km

Specifications: Volvo XC90 2.0 D5 PowerPulse R Design

  • Engine size - 2.0-litre diesel
  • Power - 232bhp
  • Torque - 354lb ft
  • 0-60mph - 8.7sec
  • Top speed - 137mph
  • Fuel economy - 49.6mpg (official average)
  • CO2 emissions - 149g/km

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