Compare 2011 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2011 BMW X5

2011 Volkswagen Touareg
2011 BMW X5
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4-Door VR6 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $42,273 $44,450
4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $45,601 $47,950
4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $45,933 $48,300
4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,261 $51,800
4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,354 $54,000
4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,683 $57,500
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $57,598 $60,565
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AWD 4-Door 35i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 35i 16 23 $42,595 $46,300
AWD 4-Door 35d 19 26 $47,655 $51,800
AWD 4-Door 35i Premium 16 23 $47,930 $52,100
AWD 4-Door 35i Sport Activity 16 23 $50,230 $54,600
AWD 4-Door 50i 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,273
$42,595
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,450
$46,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$741 / month
$772 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has dropped some of its ruggedness in favor of the comfort suburban families want—but it's still not quite a rival to luxury-brand utes. The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.8 60.0
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 39.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 58.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 40.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.9 36.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 36.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 102.4
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA
Third Head Room (in)
- NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.9 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
188.8 191.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.2 69.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.7 65.0
Wheelbase (in)
113.9 115.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.4 76.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
70.9 61.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
32.1 21.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 12.6 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 13.7 x 1.2
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.4 22.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
12.7 19.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 42.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.63 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
255/55R18 255/55R18
Spare Tire Size
195/75R18 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
255/55R18 255/55R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1155 600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7700 6000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4711 4960
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 11.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
220 210
Engine
Displacement
3.6L/195 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 300 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I6
Fuel System
EFI DI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
265 @ 3000-4000 300 @ 1200-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.86 2.11
Trans Type
8 8
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.83 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.67
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.15
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.85 4.71
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.84
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Touareg BMW X5
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Integral
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 9.8
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- --
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
- --
Overall Side Crash Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating Driver
- --
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
- --
Rollover Rating
-

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