Used test: Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

The Audi Q7 is our reigning used luxury SUV champion, but how does it stack up against the ever popular Volvo XC90?...

Author Avatar
What Car? team
18 Mar 2017 15:54 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Our Verdict

If you’re searching for a luxury SUV, then the Audi Q7 is a good place to start. Not only does it have the smoothest and most powerful engine, but it also has the edge on interior quality and promises much greater reliability.

However, it isn’t the most practical of large SUVs when compared with the brilliant packaging of the Volvo XC90. Space in the rear isn’t a patch on the XC90 and overall boot volume with the seats up or down is also worse.

The XC90 is also the nicer vehicle to drive on typically windy British roads, and despite the less refined engine, it is more economical and therefore cheaper to run. The seats are particularly comfortable making the XC90 a very relaxing car to cover vast distances in.

The XC90 does have a more jittery ride than the Q7, though, and it simply isn’t as refined as its rival. Reliability is also a concern when you’re spending quite a lot of money on a used SUV, and the XC90 isn’t as likely as the Q7 to give you dependable service.

It is for this reason that we’d recommend the Q7 over the XC90. Both are really good buys, but, 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 shine through to win this test.

Read our new car review of the Audi Q7

For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here


Also consider: BMW X5


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

Rated 5 out of 5

Read the full used Audi Q7 review

Find a used Audi Q7 in the What Car? Classifieds


2nd – Volvo XC90

Used test: Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90

For Good to drive; very spacious; classy interior; lower running costs

Against Jittery ride; road and suspension noise

Verdict Not quite as refined, but more fun to drive and still a great car

Rated 4 out of 5

Read the full used Volvo XC90 review

Find a used Volvo XC90 in the What Car? Classifieds


Specifications: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 272 Quattro S Line

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel

List price when new £53,835

Price today £37,900*

Power 268bhp

Torque 443lb ft

0-60mph 6.2sec

Top speed 145mph

Fuel economy 47.9mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 153g/km


Specifications: Volvo XC90 D5 AWD Inscription

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price when new £50,185

Price today £37,495*

Power 221bhp

Torque 347lb ft

0-60mph 8.2sec

Top speed 137mph

Fuel economy 49.6mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 149g/km


Price today is based on a 2015 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

**[