If your needs involve more passenger-hauling than off-roading, you'll probably be better off with one of the many more carlike crossover vehicles, as the Touareg can feel especially heavy and cumbersome with no reward in terms of interior space.
The Acura MDX and Lexus RX are both better options for passenger comfort; they feel roomier inside and handle well, though their appointments might not seem quite as exclusive.
The Audi Q7, which is related to the Touareg, has an available third-row seat and a beautiful, more expansive interior; it doesn’t have such a focus on 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.
But if you plan to off-road or tow in luxury, the Touareg is one of the best SUVs for its size.
The Mercedes-Benz M-Class has off-road and towing ability but outdoes the Touareg with a more spacious, more passenger-friendly interior, however.
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|14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Diesel I6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4-Door VR6||AWD 4-Door 35d||AWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 3.6L Premium||RWD 4-Door ML 350|
|Four wheel drive||All-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|
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