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Used test: Audi SQ7 vs BMW X6 vs Range Rover Velar verdict

These luxury SUVs are fast, spacious and ooze desirability, but is the Audi SQ7, BMW X6 or Range Rover Velar the best used buy?...

Range Rover Velar vs Audi SQ7 vs BMW X6

Our verdict

With its relaxing ride and plush interior, the Range Rover Velar feels special every time you get behind the wheel. However, the trade off is sub-par performance, practicality and, most concerning of all, reliability. These flaws bring down what is otherwise a truly desirable package, and it ranks third third. 

In second is the BMW X6. Its low price compared with its two rivals is alluring – if you can stomach the steeper deprecation during ownership – and if you do buy one, you'll get a pleasing driving experience and surprisingly capable practicality. It's just a shame its engine isn't quieter. 

Then we come to the Audi SQ7. While it's the priciest to buy and run, it offers the most performance out of our trio. It's also one of the most complete used cars on sale, full stop. Incredible power, barely believable agility and a superb interior are strengths, but it’s also remarkably comfortable and quiet, and is easily the most practical of our trio. 

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1st – Audi SQ7

Audi SQ7 studio

For Staggering performance; seems to defy physics through corners; seriously practical; high-quality interior
Against Priciest of the three to buy and run

What Car? says 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – BMW X6

BMW X6 studio

For Cheapest to buy; great infotainment system
Against Firmest ride; stingiest standard kit; heavy depreciation; noisiest cruiser

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

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3rd – Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar studio

For Mostly comfortable ride; quiet engine; generous amount of standard kit
Against Reliability; tight rear space; smallest boot

What Car? says 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Audi SQ7 4.0 TDI quattro

Audi SQ7 rear studio

Engine size 4.0-litre diesel
Power 429bhp @ 3750-5000rpm
Torque 664Ib ft @ 1000-3250rpm
0-60mph 4.5sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 39.2mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 190g/km

Specifications: BMW X6 xDrive40d M Sport

BMW X6 rear studio

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
Power 309bhp @ 4400rpm
Torque 465Ib ft @ 1500-2500rpm
0-60mph 5.5sec
Top speed 149mph
Fuel economy 44.8mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 165g/km

Specifications: Range Rover Velar D300 HSE

Range Rover Velar rear studio

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
Power 296bhp @ 4000rpm
Torque 516Ib ft @ 1500rpm
0-60mph 7.0sec
Top speed 150mph
Fuel economy 44.1mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 167g/km