WhatCar recently put three of the most popular premium SUVs to the test in a three-way shootout to see which is the best used car purchase. Considering the massive price drop-off seen by premium SUVs, buying them second hand makes a lot of sense. So which of these three is the best: the Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery or Volvo XC90.
All of these SUVs are relatively new. In fact, the Audi Q5 is the oldest bunch in the test, as it debuted in 2015. Sure, it’s been refreshed this year but you’re not really going to find any good used deals on those just yet, so it’s the pre-facelift model that gets tested here. Both the Land Rover Discovery and Volvo XC90 are newer but the Disco is the youngest of the bunch.
Each car in the test gets a turbocharged diesel engine, being a European test, but the Audi and Land Rover both have 3.0 liter V6s, while the Volvo makes do with just a 2.0 liter four-pot. All of which have eight-speed automatics and all-wheel drive.
The Audi Q7 is the quickest of the bunch, getting fro 0-60 mph in a scant (relatively) 6.1 seconds. However, speed isn’t really the target attribute, when it comes to buying premium SUVs. Instead, luxury and comfort take priority and, among the three, it’s again the Q7 that comes out on top. Though, that should come with an asterisk, as it requires the optional air suspension to beat its rivals.
All three of these cars also have excellent cabins, filled with rich materials, tons of tech and solid build quality. While the Q7’s tech is the easiest to use, the Volvo might have the most handsome cabin. The Disco lacks a bit in terms of tech and build quality but it’s still lovely.
However, in the end, it’s the Audi Q7 that wins the three-way. It has the strongest engine, best build quality and best ride*. The Land Rover Discovery came in second place, thanks to its superb off-road ability, best third-row and best standard equipment. Unfortunately for the Volvo XC90, it came last, due to its choppy ride and poor residual values.