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||2008 Acura MDX||2008 Audi Q7||2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class|
|$39,300Browse Used Listings||$40,195Browse Used Listings||$42,500Browse Used Listings||$44,000Browse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4-Door VR6||4WD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 3.6L||4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L|
|All Wheel Drive||4 Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|