2008 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

2008 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door V6 Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Touareg is one of the best SUVs its size for off-roading or towing, but if most of your needs involve passenger-hauling, you’d 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 feel quite as exclusive.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class has a more spacious, more passenger-friendly interior, while the Q7, which is related to the Touareg, has an especially beautiful interior and is tuned for road duty rather than serious off-roading, resulting in a better ride and crisper handling.

The X5 and MDX are the best choices of this group for those who want an SUV that feels frisky and agile; the result of juggling the roles of tow vehicle, off-road crawler, and luxurious family conveyance, the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg feels surprisingly heavy and cumbersome in day-to-day driving.

Finally, there’s the Touareg’s less-than-stellar reputation for reliability.

2008 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door V6 Angular Front Exterior View2008 Volkswagen Touareg
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2008 Acura MDX 4WD 4-door Sport/Entertainment Pkg Front Exterior View2008 Acura MDX
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2008 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.6L Premium Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi Q7
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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML5502008 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg has more toughness than most mid-size SUVs for heavy-duty towing and off-road needs yet on-the-road comfort doesn’t suffer.
The 2008 Acura MDX has a little more passion than most larger SUVs, with no less practicality.
The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
12 MPG City / 20 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 VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4-Door V64WD 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
Detailed Spec Comparison
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