Poll: Land Rover Discovery or Audi Q7?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Which luxury SUV would you rather own, the brand-new Land Rover Discovery or the ever-capable Audi Q7?

Rover’s latest offering is fresh from the ground up, riding atop an aluminum-intensive architecture that’s helped it lose about 1,000 pounds compared to the LR4 it replaces. Of course, this materials change comes with no sacrifice in off-road capability. The Discovery is still loaded with tons of military-grade hardware, making it an absolute beast.

Two engines are available in North America and both displace 3.0-liters. The more popular option will likely be a supercharged gasoline model that’s good for 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. A diesel is also available, providing 254 ponies and 443 lb-ft of torque along with significantly better fuel economy.

The gasoline model stickers at 16 miles per gallon city and 21 highway; the diesel will do 21 around town and 26 on highway jaunts. No matter which engine you choose, they’re both paired with a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Audi Q7 is a popular luxury SUV and for good reason. Its combination of handsome styling, advanced technology and polite on-road manners are tough to top.

Behind its large grille, you’ll find one of two engines. A base 2.0-liter turbocharged four is on the menu, but the option you’ll probably want is the up-market V6. Displacing 3.0-liters, this supercharged gasoline unit is rated at 333 horsepower. Torque clocks in at 325 lb-ft. Both an eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive are included with this engine.

Where Land Rover’s Discovery tends to prioritize go-anywhere capability, the Audi emphasizes technology. Just one of its segment-leading features is a digital instrument cluster, Virtual Cockpit in Ingolstadt parlance. Here, traditional gauges are replaced by an immersive, high-resolution display that’s unexpectedly customizable.

So, that’s a quick look at each of these high-end vehicles. Which one do YOU prefer? Well, compare them here and make sure to choose a favorite by voting in our poll!

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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