Compare 2012 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2012 BMW X5

2012 Volkswagen Touareg
2012 BMW X5
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4-Door VR6 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $41,251 $43,375
4-Door VR6 Sport w/Nav 16 23 $42,791 $44,995
4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $44,579 $46,875
4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 19 28 $46,119 $48,495
4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $46,461 $48,855
4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,790 $52,355
4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,597 $54,255
4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,926 $57,755
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $58,115 $61,110
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AWD 4-Door 35i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 35i 16 23 $43,700 $47,500
AWD 4-Door 35i Premium 16 23 $50,785 $55,200
AWD 4-Door 35d 19 26 $52,165 $56,700
AWD 4-Door 35i Sport Activity 16 23 $53,085 $57,700
AWD 4-Door 50i 14 20 $59,065 $64,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,251
$43,700
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$43,375
$47,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$723 / month
$792 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers refined powertrains, excellent interior comfort, as well as a luxurious feel--although it carries a luxury-class price tag for a mainstream brand. It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve.
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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 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
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
Third Head Room (in)
- NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
64.9 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
188.8 191.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.2 69.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
58.0 75.2
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 -
Brakes
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
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.4 22.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.63 - TBD -
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
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
255/55R18 255/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
255/55R18 255/55R18
Spare Tire Size
195/75R18 Compact
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7700 6000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1155 900
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4711 4960
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 11.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
220 210
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
265 @ 3000-4000 300 @ 1300-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/195 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 300 @ 5800-6250
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16
Transmission
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 w/Manual Shift 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
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.86 2.11
Trans Type
8 8
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Touareg BMW X5
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3
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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