The list prices of the Audi Q7 make it unexpectedly punchy on price. They’re roughly in line with the BMW X5’s and slightly cheaper than a like-for-like Mercedes-Benz GLE or Range Rover Sport.

But list prices, as ever, tell only part of the story. With perhaps a little residual scepticism about the car to contend with in the market, our sources aren’t predicting the exceptional residual values of some rival luxury SUVs for the Q7.

Vicky Parrott

Deputy reviews editor
Our True MPG testers produced an average economy result of 32.6mpg for the Q7. Although that’s slightly poorer than its chief rivals, it’s only by a solitary mile to the gallon or so

But the problem evidently isn’t severe enough to prevent decent value emerging via contract hire deals. Company car drivers ought to find the Q7 broadly as cheap on a monthly basis as a like-for-like X5, and competitive CO2 outputs should prevent any nasty surprises materialising via your P11D.

There are two trim levels: entry-level SE and S line, which upgrades your car with 20in alloy wheels, nappa leather sports front seats, a sportier steering wheel and bodykit and a four-zone climate control system. The good news is that you don’t have to have the upper-level sportier trimmings to access all of the Q7’s optional active safety and chassis systems and infotainment features.

Audi’s S line sporty trappings look fitting on the car and don’t hurt its function. The packaged options are also worth having if you have the budget to spend. The Leather Pack (£1500), Technology Pack (£1950) and Dynamic Pack (£2655) add pretty much everything you’ll want.

Our True MPG testers produced an average economy result of 32.6mpg for the Q7. Although that’s slightly poorer than the most recent like-for-like X5, Range Rover Sport and Cayenne we tested, it’s only by a solitary mile to the gallon or so.

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