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Used test: Audi Q7 vs Lexus RX: verdict

Buy used and you can have either of these luxury SUVs for around half what they cost new, but should you choose the seven-seat Audi Q7 or the hybrid Lexus RX?...

Used test Audi Q7 vs Lexus RX

Our verdict

The petrol-electric hybrid set-up of the Lexus RX yields some noteworthy advantages, including low tax costs, good fuel economy and a relatively low CO2 output. The RX also works as a dependable workhorse, with the Lexus brand having a second-to-none record for reliability. 

But these are luxury SUVs, remember, and (while all of the above is important) what matters most is how they pamper you. Put simply, the Audi Q7 does luxury better. Its interior is more cosseting, and so is its driving experience, helping it feel like the more polished product. Add to that far superior practicality and the Q7 comes out on top. 

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1st – Audi Q7

Audi Q7 vs Lexus RX 450h

For  Strong and smooth engine; pillowy ride; hugely practical; classy interior
Against Higher CO2 emissions; not as well equipped

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Lexus RX

Audi Q7 vs Lexus RX 450h

For Lots of luxuries and safety kit; smart interior; low CO2 emissions
Against Inferior ride and handling; not as refined; nowhere near as practical

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 218 SE

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
Power 215bhp
Torque 369lb ft
0-60mph 7.8sec
Top speed 134mph
Fuel economy 48.7mpg (official average)

CO2 emissions 150g/km

Specifications: Lexus RX450h Luxury

Engine size 3.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid
Power 308bhp
Torque 247lb ft
0-60mph 8.6sec
Top speed 124mph
Fuel economy 51.4mpg (official average)
CO2 emissions 127g/km

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