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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Rivals

Land Rover Discovery (04-17)

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Land Rover Discovery 3, launched in 2004, marked a real step forward over the model it replaced. Huge improvements were made to quality and durability and it's packed with off-road technology designed to make it as good off-road as you'd expect of any Land Rover. Sophisticated electronics help with hill descent and you can alter the four-wheel... read more

PROS

  • Quality feel
  • Spacious and comfortable
  • Brilliant off road
  • Iconic image

CONS

  • Rear seats tricky to fold
  • Sluggish 2.7 diesel in older models
  • Expensive to run

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

Toyota Land Cruiser

3.5 out of 5 3.5

Offroaders that are truly capable off-road are becoming harder to find with most 4x4s designed primarily for tarmac roads than muddy tracks. But the Toyota Land Cruiser sticks to its traditional roots as a vehicle that has the ability to go pretty much anywhere. On difficult terrain it's hugely impressive, helped by sophisticated and genuinely... read more

PROS

Amazingly capable in difficult terrain, very well equipped as standard, robust and reliable, seven seat option

CONS

Poor on road, vague and lifeless steering, sluggish performance, button-heavy dash

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