2012 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

2012 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door TDI Lux *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Many family shoppers might find the Touareg's lack of a third-row seat a deal-breaker, as most of its rivals have one.

But the main rivals to the Touareg aren't the Toyota Highlander or Chevrolet Traverse but the likes of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

The M-Class has just been fully redesigned for 2012, with much-improved interiors and better refinement, while keeping some level of off-road ability.

BMW's X5 still provides a more engaging drive but isn't quite as spacious and versatile as some of the entries here.

The Infiniti FX remains out pick for performance on a curvy road.

And the Audi Q7, which is closely related to the Touareg, does include a third row, as well as a warmer interior design, for only modestly more.

2012 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door TDI Lux *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2012 Volkswagen TouaregBrowse Used Listings2012 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.0L TDI Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi Q7Browse Used Listings2012 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW X5Browse Used Listings2011 Infiniti FX35 RWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2012 INFINITI FX35Browse Used Listings2012 Mercedes-Benz ML3502012 Mercedes-Benz M ClassBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.0
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.
8.6
The 2012 Audi Q7 has what upscale suburban families want: a lavish interior, a cabin full of premium features, and performance and ride that are very carlike--plus serious towing ability if and when you need it.
8.4
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.
8.2
The 2012 Infiniti FX35 and FX50 look like they sacrifice some practicality in the name of a sexy design and scorching performance—and that's exactly the case.
8.6
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class is improved in nearly way, and remains one of the most luxurious and secure choices for families not needing a third row of seats.
MSRP From    
$43,375$46,250$47,500$43,700$48,990
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Style Name    
4-Door VR6 Sportquattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusAWD 4-Door 35iRWD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door ML350
Drivetrain    
Four Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
57555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door SUV4 Door
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic