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2012 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

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2012 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door TDI Lux *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View
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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 Touareg2012 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.0L TDI Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi Q72012 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW X52011 Infiniti FX35 RWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2012 Infiniti FX352012 Mercedes-Benz ML3502012 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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
Gas V6Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6
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4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle 4WD
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4-Door VR6 Sportquattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusAWD 4-Door 35iRWD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door ML350
Four Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door SUV4 Door
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
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