So I have got a hold of the new Q7. But in my parking lot alongside it are the imposing BMW X5 and the stunning Volvo XC90. Are there other choices in this segment? Yes of course there are – the Mercedes-Benz GLE and GL, Land Rover Discovery and the Porsche Cayenne & Range Rover Sport at the high end. But the three cars I have picked rank as the most relevant rivals in my book – as each one really brings something unique to the table (and I don’t mean just their individual style or brand appeal). They are also popular the world over and in India.
The new XC90, however, is different. Yes, it’s still a Volvo and it’s still the most practical and sensible seven-seater of them all. But, oh my god, it’s a nice place to sit. It feels like you’re lounging around in one of those Scandinavian furniture shops where everything is beautiful and pale and a chair costs £2500.
There’s a diamond-cut starter button and a crystal glass gearlever and detailing on the dials that makes the detailing on an IWC watch look like something you’d find on a proud parent’s fridge door. The central command screen is like an iPad and the roof is glass and it’s protected by a cool and crisp electric sunshade made from what looks like white calico.
It is a real driver’s car with bags of performance, the T6 turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine develops 320bhp and 0-60mph takes 6.1 seconds.
Volvo has always been at the forefront for safety and this car is no exception with its raft of technologies,