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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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Rivals

The Range Rover is an iconic vehicle and one that's highly regarded as combining true luxury with serious off road ability. The latest model is the best exponent of that thinking yet. Inside it's wonderfully upmarket with a modern and stylish cabin that's superbly finished with expensive-feeling materials. On the road it's just as good with a... read more

PROS

Iconic styling, superbly built, strong engines, luxurious high quality interior, amazing refinement, great off road, even better all-round from mid-2009

CONS

Thirsty engines, expensive running costs

Not to be mistaken with the regular Land Cruiser, the Land Cruiser V8 replaces the Amazon as Toyota’s top off-roader. A seven-seater with an imposing bulk, it compares with the very biggest in the class, the Range Rover, Mercedes GL and Audi Q7. As you'd expect from Toyota, it's incredibly well built and comes generously equipped as standard - all... read more

PROS

Well equipped as standard, unstoppable off-road, superb quality cabin, good body control in bends

CONS

Noisy engine, vague steering, feels heavy and cumbersome compared to other 4x4s, extra seats don't fold away

Audi Q7 SUV (06-14)

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Audi Q7 may be the premium German company’s first full size 4x4 and like alternatives such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes M-Class it's firmly designed for staying on tarmac rather than tackling harsh terrain. Audi is famous for its quattro four-wheel drive system and has put its expertise to use with the Q7, however it lacks clever off road systems... read more

PROS

  • Huge road presence
  • Spacious interior with plenty of carrying capacity
  • Strong performance

CONS

  • Limited off road
  • Sheer size makes it tricky to park

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