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Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

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Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

4.2 out of 5 4.2

The Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV is now in its second generation, yet its roots can be traced back far further. Previously named the M-Class, it was the German manufacturer’s first mainstream SUV when it launched back in 1997, pipping arch rivals BMW and Audi to the post with their X5 and Q7 equivalents. Now, however, the market is awash with SUVs, and... read more

PROS

  • Cutting-edge interior
  • Excellent all-round comfort on air suspension
  • Added seven-seat practicality
  • Plug-in diesel hybrid on the way

CONS

  • Only two engines available from launch
  • Most of the hi-tech safety kit is optional
  • No air suspension for the GLE 300 d
  • Infotainment controls can be fiddly

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?

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

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