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2009 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

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If you plan to off-road or tow in luxury, the Touareg is one of the best SUVs for its size, but if your needs involve passenger-hauling, you'll be better off with most of the alternatives in its size and price range.

The Acura MDX and Lexus RX feel roomier inside and handle well, though their appointments might not seem quite as exclusive.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class has off-road and towing ability but outdoes the Touareg with a more spacious, more passenger-friendly interior.

Even the Q7, which is related to the Touareg, has an available third-row seat and a beautiful, more expansive interior; it doesn’t claim off-road ability, so it handles a bit better on the road.

The X5 and MDX are the best choices of this group for those who want an SUV that feels frisky and agile; as a result of juggling the roles of tow vehicle, off-road crawler, and luxurious family conveyance, the 2009 Volkswagen Touareg feels surprisingly heavy and cumbersome in day-to-day driving.

2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI2009 Volkswagen Touareg2008 Acura MDX 4WD 4-door Sport/Entertainment Pkg Front Exterior View2008 Acura MDX2008 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.6L Premium Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi Q72008 Mercedes-Benz ML5502008 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg is comfortable and capable.
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The 2008 Acura MDX has a little more passion than most larger SUVs, with no less practicality.
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The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
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The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag.
MSRP From   
$39,300Browse Used Listings$40,195Browse Used Listings$42,500Browse Used Listings$44,000Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4-Door VR64WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6L4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L
All Wheel Drive4 Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
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