16. AUDI Q7
FOR the Q7 Mk2, Audi put its full-sized SUV on a diet, and now it’s one of the best-handling and most efficient luxury 4x4s on sale. There are conventional diesel versions and the high-performance SQ7 on offer, but the e-tron plug-in hybrid is an intriguing alternative.
A raft of driving modes means the Q7 feels just at much at home off the road as it does on it. The clever 4WD system also sends power where it can best be used to boost traction and performance. Price range: £50,060-£88,295 Our pick: 3.0 TDI 258PS quattro e-tron (£66,510) Engine: 3.0 V6 diesel/ electric motor, 254bhp Transmission: 8-spd auto, permanent 4WD Top speed: 143mph Economy: 156.9mpg CO2: 48g/km