Used test: Audi SQ7 vs BMW X6 vs Range Rover Velar
The Range Rover Velar may have star-studded looks, but is a used V6 diesel version better than its luxury SUV rivals from Audi and BMW?...
What will they cost?
All three challengers have their plus points; the Velar has cheaper insurance premiums, the X6 is the most economical of our trio and the SQ7 has the slowest depreciation.
But there are negatives to contend with, too. In the case of the Audi, the biggest is its high cost of entry. A 2017 example like ours with average mileage can be found for around £50,000. On the other end of the spectrum, the savage loss of value for the BMW means it’s a relative bargain in this company at £33,000. The Range Rover sits somewhere between the two at £43,000.
The big mark against the Range Rover is reliability; it finished second from bottom in its class in the latest What Car? Reliability survey. The X6 wasn’t in the same study, but the closely related X5 was and it managed to nab second place, with the Audi Q7 ending up in the middle of the pack.
All will attract the highest road tax penalty of £465 because none cost less than £40,000 when new. There are differences in servicing costs, however, with the Audi having the least expensive service plan, followed by the BMW, and finally the Range Rover.
The Audi will sup the most in fuel, at 39.2mpg, but that's hardly a surprise considering that it is the most powerful car here and its 4.0-litre, eight-cylinder diesel is the largest engine here. Both the BMW and Range Rover have similarly sized 3.0-litre, six cylinder engines, but it's the X6 that manages to consume the least fuel, returning 44.8mpg compared with the 44.1mpg of the Velar.