If you’re after a seven-seater with more luxury than a conventionalMPV, the potential pool of cars to pick from is growing. 

• Best SUVs to buy now

There’s no let-up when it comes to new premium models hitting the market, and the latest model to join the ranks is the new Audi Q7, which is loaded with impressive gadgets and a sumptuous interior.

But it also boasts some incredible technology underneath its sharply styled skin that means it stands a good chance of going straight to the top of its class.  

• Best family cars

However, first it’ll have to beat our Car of the Year: the Volvo XC90. Life is tough at the top, and the arrival of the new Q7 means the XC90 is facing its most difficult fight yet.

But Volvo’s seven-seat SUV represents a significant step forward for the brand and we already know it has what it takes to beat the best. So can it do it here?

We’ve also lined up the Land Rover Discovery. It might be long in the tooth now, having lost out to the XC90 previously, but the Discovery is looking to salvage its reputation before an all-new model arrives next year.

Plus, with Land Rover’s famed off-road ability, can it offer something its rivals can’t match? Read on to find out.

Headlights are a huge part of how modern cars look, with new tech allowing clever lighting signatures as design details. The Q7and XC90’s headlamps make a real feature of this and complement the bold front grilles, but the older Discovery’s units are constrained by the car’s basic shape. Still, it’s likely the next model will be more striking.

Air springs

All three cars ride impressively well thanks to air-suspension. It’s standard on the Discovery, but a fairly costly option on the other two. However, with the extra suppleness it brings when you’re cruising, and the improved body control when driving faster, we’d recommend it.

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