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Here are 2 great luxury midsize SUVs, 2 different approaches, and just one winner to pick. Both the Land Rover Discovery and the Audi Q7 are highly successful nameplates that are just coming off a next-generation revamp for this year. Which of these new-for-2019 models is the better pick for those shopping for a high-end midsize SUV?
The next-generation Land Rover Discovery somewhat departs from the traditional muscle-bound lines that have come to define this model for the past 30-something years. While it still looks purpose-built to take on rough roads, the Discovery now looks more dynamic and modern. Meanwhile, the 2019 Audi Q7 possesses the look that defines the crossovers of today; more wagon-like than SUV-like. It looks decisively modern, and looks great both on the move and on a standstill.
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Just like the Land Rover Discovery models of years’ past, the interior of this year’s Discovery seems purpose-built. The interior design and materials are stylish, high-quality, and seem to be built to last. While not as refined as some of its competition, its build quality still makes the Discovery’s interior stand out. As for the Q7, a lot would say that the cabin is reminiscent of that of a luxury car. The quality of materials is on-point, and there is more than enough space for passengers in the front and rear seats.
The 2019 Land Rover Discovery is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine with a max of 335 horsepower, while the Q7 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a max of 252 horsepower. In terms of overall performance, it depends on what your priorities are. The Q7 is arguably the best-handling car in its class, providing superior maneuverability you come to expect from sports cars. The Discovery stays true to its lineage, providing superior off-road capability while preserving on-road comfort and handling.
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For 2 contrasting vehicles, the comparison between the 2019 Land Rover Discovery and the 2019 Audi Q7 is surprisingly close. If you want pedigree, functionality, and off-road performance, the Discovery is the pick to go for. If you want unparalleled luxury, on-road performance, and avant-garde style, the Audi Q7 is the better choice. Regardless of what you pick, you’re sure to get your money’s worth.