2012 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

2012 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door TDI Lux *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Many family shoppers might find the Touareg's lack of a third-row seat a deal-breaker, as most of its rivals have one.

But the main rivals to the Touareg aren't the Toyota Highlander or Chevrolet Traverse but the likes of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

The M-Class has just been fully redesigned for 2012, with much-improved interiors and better refinement, while keeping some level of off-road ability.

BMW's X5 still provides a more engaging drive but isn't quite as spacious and versatile as some of the entries here.

The Infiniti FX remains out pick for performance on a curvy road.

And the Audi Q7, which is closely related to the Touareg, does include a third row, as well as a warmer interior design, for only modestly more.

2012 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door TDI Lux *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2012 Volkswagen Touareg
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2012 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.0L TDI Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi Q7
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2012 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW X5
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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML3502012 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers refined powertrains, excellent interior comfort, as well as a luxurious feel--although it carries a luxury-class price tag for a mainstream brand.
The 2012 Audi Q7 has what upscale suburban families want: a lavish interior, a cabin full of premium features, and performance and ride that are very carlike--plus serious towing ability if and when you need it.
It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class is improved in nearly way, and remains one of the most luxurious and secure choices for families not needing a third row of seats.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Style Name   
4-Door VR6 Sportquattro 4-Door 3.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door 35i4MATIC 4-Door ML 350
Four Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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