2010 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

2010 Volkswagen Touareg
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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2011 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW X5
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Quick Specs
The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg is a different type of vehicle than it appears. If toughness takes precedence over space and versatility, it might be right for you.
The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5.
The 2010 Acura MDX still finds ways to improve—though the new grille, steering feel, and USB/Bluetooth omissions are out of character.
The 2010 Audi Q7 tames the SUV bad-boy image with subtler looks, diesel fuel economy, and good on-road performance.
Though it's far from cheap, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns our kudos with hip styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Diesel I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4-Door VR6AWD 4-Door 35dAWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6L PremiumRWD 4-Door ML 350
Four wheel driveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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