At the very least the Q7 deserves to be praised for having a certain timeless quality that has nothing to do with the way that it looks.

Now surrounded by almost uniformly younger and fresher opposition, the fact it manages to retain not just its dignity but a chunk of credibility against such rivals is entirely to its credit.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
The Q7's superb cabin doesn't compensate for its heavy feel and dull handling

And if you want a rock solid seven seat SUV but fancy neither a Range Rover Sport nor a Mercedes GL, there remains much to be said for it. Quiet, comfortable and spacious, for many people these qualities coupled with a still world class interior add up to an entirely convincing proposition.

For us however the world has moved on a little beyond the point occupied by the Q7. Lacking both the style and off-road class of even a Discovery let alone the Rangie and the sheer all-round ability of the GL, the Q7 is not a poor car but one that was once reasonably good but has now grown old.

It’s too heavy, stodgy to drive and dynamically limited to earn a recommendation from us here, qualified or otherwise.

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