LEXUS RX350L vs LAND ROVER DIS­COV­ERY vs VOLVO XC90

Which of these tough-look­ing seven-seater SUVs of­fers the best mix of space, pace and prac­ti­cal­ity?

Torque (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - STORY JEREMY CHUA PHO­TOS TAN MENG CHOON ART DI­REC­TION MICHAEL CHIAN

WWHY buy a seven-seater SUV when a seven-seater MPV does the job of fer­ry­ing peo­ple just as well, if not even better?

SUV own­ers will tell you that among other things, a sports util­ity ve­hi­cle looks better than a multi-pur­pose ve­hi­cle and can be just as ver­sa­tile. With all­wheel-drive and higher ground clear­ance, an SUV can also go off-road and would fare better in a flash flood than a reg­u­lar car.

Giv­ing own­ers the abil­ity to ford rivers and bash through jun­gles (even con­crete ones) is the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery, which is the tallest and largest con­tender here. Di­men­sions aside, the Dis­cov­ery also of­fers a roomy and prac­ti­cal cabin filled with nu­mer­ous ameni­ties.

Making its first ap­pear­ance in the seven-seater SUV seg­ment in Singapore is Lexus and its RX350L. Can the Ja­panese car­maker, which is renowned for its lux­u­ri­ous­ness and at­ten­tion to de­tail, de­liver the same stan­dards of re­fine­ment to ev­ery oc­cu­pant?

Also with a rep­u­ta­tion to main­tain is the Volvo XC90, which is ar­guably the first seven-seater SUV to be­come pop­u­lar here. Al­though this sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion model was launched three years ago, it re­mains a com­pelling propo­si­tion thanks to its at­trac­tive de­sign and suite of ad­vanced safety fea­tures.

Which of these square-jawed con­tenders will prove ir­re­sistible to sur­bur­ban­ites look­ing for a rugged seven-seater sports util­ity ve­hi­cle? Keep reading and see how they stack up!

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