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Audi Q7 3.0l TFSI qu­at­tro

En­gine: 2, 5cc petrol, di­rect in ec­tion, su­per­charged Max­i­mum power: hp from 5,500 to ,500rpm Max­i­mum torque: 440Nm from 2, 00 to 5, 00rpm Trans­mis­sion 8- speed tip­tronic Ac­cel­er­a­tion ( 0 to 100kph): sec­onds

Fea­tures: Eight airbags, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol ( ESC), IS - FI mount, hill de­scent con­trol, hold as­sist, tyre pres­sure loss in­di­ca­tor, adap­tive air sus­pen­sion, Elec­tronic Dif­fer­en­tial Lock ( EDL), start/ stop sys­tem with en­ergy re­cov­ery, MMI Nav­i­ga­tion Plus with MMI Touch, qu­at­tro all­wheel drive, LED head­lights with au­to­matic range ad ust­ment, Park as­sist, sur­round view cam­era, pow­ered tail­gate, four- zone au­to­matic air- con­di­tion­ing

Price: RM58 , 00 on the road without in­sur­ance; 4 years or 120,000km ( which­ever comes first) war­ranty

Volvo XC90 plug-in hy­brid

En­gine: 1, cc 4- cylin­der T8 Twin En­gine, turbo and su­per­charged Max­i­mum power: 20hp at 5,700rpm Max­i­mum torque: 400Nm from 2,200 to 5,400rpm Elec­tric mo­tor : 87hp/ 240Nm Max­i­mum driv­e­line power: 407hp Max­i­mum driv­e­line torque: 40Nm Trans­mis­sion: 8- speed au­to­matic Ac­cel­er­a­tion ( 0 to 100kph): 5 sec­onds

Fea­tures: Seven airbags, LED ac­tive bend­ing lights, ac­tive high beam con­trol, Roll Sta­bil­ity Con­trol, Roll ver Pro­tec­tion, Nappa leather seats, adap­tive cruise con­trol, driver alert con­trol, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, lane keep­ing aid, Blind Spot In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem with Cross Traf­fic Alert, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol ( ESC), City Safety with Front Col­li­sion arn­ing and full auto brake, Rear Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion, Pedes­trian and Cy­clist de­tec­tion, Park As­sist ( front and rear), Park As­sist Pi­lot, 0- de­gree sur­round view cam­eras, Run- off Road pro­tec­tion, hill de­scent con­trol, all- wheel drive

Price: RM40 ,888 on the road without in­sur­ance; 5- year and un­lim­ited mileage war­ranty; 5- year olvo n Call road as­sist

Audi Q7 3.0L TFSI qu­at­tro

The new Q7 has 3.0- litre TFSI V6 petrol su­per­charged en­gine with 333hp and 440Nm of torque, mated to an 8- speed tip­tronic, and a quick 0 to 100kph sprint time of just 6.3 sec­onds.

Its in­te­rior has a sporty de­sign, with front oc­cu­pants greeted by a con­tin­u­ous air vent strip that stretches across the in­stru­ment panel.

There is no touch­screen dis­play here, but we are happy with the in­ter­face pro­vided by the var­i­ous but­tons and di­als on the cen­tre con­sole, as well as the Multi Media In­ter­face ( MMI) touch- sen­si­tive con­trol panel and 8.3- inch dis­play screen which rises up from the dash­board when you start the car.

The MMI touch- sen­si­tive con­trol panel comes with hand­writ­ing recog­ni­tion, which we found use­ful when en­ter­ing our des­ti­na­tion into the car’s nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem.

You can en­ter char­ac­ters on the touch­pad sur­face or per­form multi- fin­ger ges­tures to zoom in on the map or scroll through lists.

Our test drive came with the S line sport pack­age, which in­cludes mixed Al­can­tara/ leather uphol­stery, and “S” em­bossed leather steer­ing wheel, and door sill trims.

It looks im­pos­ing with huge 20- inch wheels with Pirelli Scor­pion Verde tyres sized 285/ 45, and the adap­tive air sus­pen­sion pro­vides smooth ride com­fort and sporty han­dling.

The adap­tive air sus­pen­sion can ad­just the ride po­si­tion of the ve­hi­cle body as re­quired.

And, be­fit­ting its in­flated price tag, the Q7 pro­vides top- notch au­dio qual­ity with a Bose sound sys­tem which has 3D technology of­ten used in cine­mas.

The heart of the Bose 3D sound sys­tem is a 558 watt 15- chan­nel am­pli­fier, and 19 speak­ers in­clud­ing two speak­ers in the A- pil­lars that pro­vide the spa­tial di­men­sion of height, lend­ing mu­sic an airy qual­ity.

And de­pend­ing on your mood and driv­ing ter­rain, you can use Audi Drive Se­lect to choose dif­fer­ent driv­ing modes such as ef­fi­ciency, com­fort, auto, dy­namic, in­di­vid­ual, off- road and all- road.

Audi Drive Se­lect changes the be­hav­iour of the eight- speed tip­tronic, electro­mechan­i­cal power steer­ing, en­gine management, and au­to­matic air con­di­tion­ing.

You also get a heap of driver as­sis­tance and safety sys­tems in­clud­ing eight airbags, LED head­lights with au­to­matic range ad­just­ment, Park as­sist, and sur­round view cam­era.

The Q7 is a thrilling crea­ture to drive, partly thanks to its qu­at­tro all- wheel drive technology which has been re­fined via Audi Sport’s rich 35- year rac­ing her­itage.

Ba­si­cally, with qu­at­tro all- wheel, you get trac­tion and cor­ner­ing power that are far su­pe­rior com­pared with cars that have only the rear or front wheels driven.

This is be­cause a car that dis­trib­utes the power from its en­gine to all four wheels, can with­stand higher lat­eral lo­cat­ing forces.

On a 35km drive from Kuala Lumpur to Se­menyih, via the SILK and LEKAS High­ways and some B- roads, we found power de­liv­ery to be smooth and lin­ear, and road ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties are ab­sorbed without any pas­sen­ger dis­com­fort.

The Q7 just eats up the miles, and we can charge con­fi­dently through fast cor­ners.

The Q7 de­liv­ers the dy­namic han­dling of a sports sedan, than to a com­bi­na­tion of its qu­at­tro wheel drive, quick- shift­ing tiptr ic and well- en­gi­neered chas­sis.

Volvo XC90 plug- in hy­brid

The Volvo XC90 is a dark horse when com­pared to the Audi sim­ply be­cause it came out of nowhere and straight away po­si­tioned it­self in the lux­ury SUV seg­ment. We were sur­prised at the level of qual­ity and re­fine­ment in this car.

In fact, Volvo is not play­ing catch- up here. The XC90 be­longs in the lux­ury SUV cat­e­gory. We both agreed that the XC90’ s drive and han­dling per­for­mance is the only weak link here com­pared to the Q7.

Other than that, the XC90 of­fers great value at this price, RM403,888 on- the- road without in­sur­ance.

If Euro­pean mar­ques is your thing, then you can see the clear dis­tinc­tion in de­sign be­tween the Swedes and the Ger­mans.

The cabin of the XC90 is lux­u­ri­ous and ex­tremely com­fort­able which gives a sense of home­li­ness to it, just like the fur­ni­ture the Swedes de­sign. Be­tween the Q7, we would rather spend more time in the in­te­rior of the Volvo.

The XC90 has a four- cor­ner elec­tronic air sus­pen­sion, and all- wheel drive, and a so­phis­ti­cated tur­bocharged and su­per­charged 2.0- litre en­gine that pro­duces 320hp and 400Nm of torque.

With its elec­tric mo­tor and plugin hy­brid sys­tem, its max­i­mum driv­e­line power can hit 407hp and 640Nm of torque.

The in­te­rior of the XC90 has a lux­u­ri­ous blend of high- end ma­te­ri­als such as wood, crys­tal and metal.

In­fo­tain­ment in­ter­face is via the Sen­sus touch­screen dis­play, which al­lows you to con­trol car func­tions, nav­i­ga­tion, con­nected ser­vices and in- car en­ter­tain­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.

You can also opt to use man­ual con­trols like but­tons and switches, if you find the touch­screen a tad irk­some.

While Volvo Cars also boasts an il­lus­tri­ous rac­ing her­itage, the Swedish au­tomaker is much more renowned for its au­to­mo­tive safety in­no­va­tions.

In fact, Volvo Cars is so pas­sion­ate about safety that its vi­sion is that no one should be killed or se­ri­ously in­jured in a new Volvo car by 2020.

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