2014 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

2014 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Touareg doesn't come with a third-row seat, which may be a deal-breaker for shoppers with larger families.

With respect to the Touareg's price, we have to compare it to luxury crossovers, rather than brands that might be more natural competitors for a car with a VW badge.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class offers more luxury and a better interior than it has in the past, and it drives well, too.

The BMW X5 is more engaging than the Touareg on the road, but isn't quite as large as many of its competitors.

The Infiniti QX70, formerly known as the FX, is our top choice for shoppers looking for performance on twisty roads.

The Audi Q7 is larger, offers a third row and a warmer interior, and it's priced only modestly more than the Touareg– to which it's loosely related.

We think the Honda Pilot is the best competitor in the mainstream segment, with its chunky styling and efficient use of interior space.

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The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is an expensive way to purchase a mainstream brand's vehicle, but it's more luxurious than many of its mainstream competitors.
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There's much to love about the 2014 Audi Q7 and few if any failings; it does everything a three-row crossover vehicle should do, with great elegance and sophistication—and skips the faux-rugged nonsense.
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The 2014 BMW X5 lightens up its look and its act with a warmer cabin, lots of techno handling tricks, and standout safety gear.
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Despite the 2014 Honda Pilot's truck-like exterior, it's one of more practical and family-friendly models on of the market today.
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For active families who need to tow a boat or occasionally head off-pavement–but don't need a third row–the 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML is an excellence vehicle choice.
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