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Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

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Audi Q7 SUV

4.4 out of 5 4.4

Since the original Audi Q7 was introduced in 2006 the German company's full-sized SUV has been a notable success, finding more than 500,000 homes. In 2015, the second-generation Q7 was introduced – with a much less imposing style, and a raft of updated technology. It's lighter, more efficient, better to drive than the Q7 it replaces – and the most... read more

PROS

  • Easy to drive, less bulky than old model
  • Exemplary build quality, inside and out
  • Acres of interior space, front and rear
  • Hugely impressive SQ7 performance model
  • Hybrid E-Tron boasts good CO2 and mpg figures

CONS

  • Lacks ultimate off-road ability
  • Expensive in relation to rivals
  • No engine smaller than 3.0-litre
  • Some features have proven unreliable
  • E-Tron five-seater only

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

4.1 out of 5 4.1

The appeal of a Range Rover badge is stronger than ever – signalled by the fact that you can go for the full fat Range Rover, the baby Range Rover Evoque and the sleek Range Rover Velar – as well as the Range Rover Sport, the second rung down from full Range Rover-dom. As its name suggests, the Sport is the Range Rover for keener drivers. Despite... read more

PROS

  • Luxurious and cossetting interior
  • Agile handling for such a big car
  • Lots of engine options
  • Excellent long-distance comfort

CONS

  • It's far from cheap and options are dear
  • Won’t be cheap to run in any form
  • Some reliability and quality concerns

Picking up where the outgoing M-Class left off, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 4x4 goes up against luxury off-roaders including the BMW X5, Audi Q7, and Range Rover Sport. In fact, this represents a facelift and re-naming of the M-Class rather than a new car, but since Mercedes-Benz changed its naming strategy, we treated it as a... read more

PROS

  • Decent range of engines
  • Comfortable seats
  • Great off-road
  • Hybrid works well

CONS

  • Rivals better to drive
  • Cabin could be finished better
  • High hybrid load lip
  • Air suspension unsettles ride

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