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Video: Audi Q7 vs Volvo XC90 vs Land Rover Discovery

We’ve actually written about¬†this comparison before, as these are some of the most highly sought after SUVs on the market. The brand new Audi Q7 is making some big waves, as is the second-generation Volvo XC90, while the old man Land Rover Discovery is on its way out. However, these are still three of the best seven-passenger SUVs on the market. Admittedly, the BMW X5 should take the place of the Disco, but I guess you can’t have everything.

In the video, the duo review all three cars and decide which of them is best. They test the Land Rover Discovery first and immediately recognize its off-road demeanor. The Disco is bigger, heavier and beefier than the other two SUVs. It’s build on the oldest platform, so it’s also the sloppier of the three. Not that the Land Rover handles poorly, but it can’t hide its considerable weight and less rigid chassis. However, it’s the most rugged of the three by far and has the best third row seats. Though the touchscreen infotainment system is a bit crap and the interior has become dated, even if it is handsome.

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The Volvo XC90 is all new and quite excellent actually. It’s incredibly smooth to drive, with its optional air suspension and it has good performance. It’s handling is immediately sharper than the Disco’s and it’s apparent with the first turn of the wheel. It also has a comfortable third row, though not as spacious as the Disco’s, but it’s easier to get into. The interior is also quite a bit better and the infotainment system is miles ahead of Land Rover’s ancient touchscreen unit. Overall, the XC90 seems to be a competent, yet slightly dull luxury SUV with a ton of safety and practicality. Typical Volvo.

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The Audi Q7 was deemed the winner, though. While the only real knock against it was the third row seat, which was easily the tightest and least comfortable, it is the only car in its class to have power folding third row seats to make their use a bit easier. The suspension was also the absolute best in class and the steering was excellent. Audi’s MMI infotainment system and Virtual Cockpit are far and away better than the other two systems, as well. The Q7’s interior also gained rave reviews for being the best in the test. So the combination of the best handling, performance, economy and luxury are able to put the Q7 ahead of the other two, despite it’s slightly poor third row.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.