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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
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Rivals

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

BMW X5 4x4

4.3 out of 5 4.3

This is the third generation of the popular BMW X5 SUV, the Munich marque’s challenger to premium-badged, sporty off-roaders such as the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Range Rover Sport. It has been replaced by the fourth generation version, which arrived at the end of 2018. Read: We've driven the new 2018 BMW X5 Buy: BMW X5 cars for... read more

PROS

  • Imposing styling
  • Quality interior
  • Loaded with technology
  • Plug-in hybrid version

CONS

  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Doesn't feel as special as some rivals
  • Feels very large to drive around town

Land Rover Discovery SUV

4.3 out of 5 4.3

The fifth-generation Discovery is the centrepiece of the Land Rover product line-up, and as such is easily the most important model in the range – even if it doesn't sell the most. It's a very different prospect to the previous four incarnations, losing much of its famous rugged charm. The way it looks has divided Discovery lovers everywhere. But... read more

PROS

  • Despite its size, it's surprisingly economical
  • Good off-road, and great to drive on it
  • Seven forward-facing seats, electrically operated

CONS

  • Premium pricing, with costly options
  • The styling still divides opinions
  • Do you really need something quite so massive?