2011 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

2011 Volkswagen Touareg
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Some might fins it a little surprising that the Touareg doesn't have three rows of seating.

In shopping this model, you have to consider that its competition isn't the likes of the Toyota Highlander or Chevrolet Traverse but the likes of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

Otherwise, the Volkswagen Touareg is fully competitive with rival models from most luxury automakers—especially with respect to interior comfort and green options.

A new Hybrid model joins the Touareg TDI, earning higher mileage figures than most mid-size utes.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class offers an even wider range of powertrains (including a diesel model), and has a great ride.

BMW's X5 is a somewhat more engaging drive, while the Infiniti FX is the pick for performance on a curvy road.

Compared to any of these rivals, though, the Touareg is arguably priced high.

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Quick Specs
The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has dropped some of its ruggedness in favor of the comfort suburban families want—but it's still not quite a rival to luxury-brand utes.
With a diesel option and a softer silhouette, the 2011 Audi Q7 does its part to tame the SUV bad-boy image.
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 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns respect with neat styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas Supercharged V6Diesel I6Gas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 2WD
Style Name   
4-Door VR6 Sportquattro 4-Door 3.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door 35dRWD 4-Door ML 350
Four Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
AutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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