2015 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

2015 Volkswagen Touareg
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Touareg is relatively large but it doesn't come with a third-row seat, which may be a deal-breaker for shoppers with larger families.

Based on price, it makes sense to compare the Touareg to luxury brands instead of the mainstream marques VW usually targets.

The BMW X5 is more engaging than the Touareg on the road, but isn't quite as large as many of its competitors.

The Infiniti QX70, formerly known as the FX, is our top choice for shoppers looking for performance on twisty roads.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class offers more luxury and a better interior than it has in the past, and it drives well, too.

The Audi Q7 is larger, offers a third row and a warmer interior, and it's priced only modestly more than its Touareg relative.

We think the Honda Pilot is the best competitor in the mainstream segment, with its chunky styling and efficient use of interior space.

And Jeep's Grand Cherokee has all of the Touareg's luxuries in a comfortable package with equal or better off-road abilities.

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Quick Specs
The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg is expensive and fancy for a VW, but less expensive than some comparable luxury-SUV options.
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 stands alone as a warm take on luxury that others have left behind. It’s not as luxurious as the others—but it’s not as expensive as those, either.
Though the 2015 Audi Q7 might show a little of its age, there are so few faults here that it's hard not to love this big SUV.
The 2015 BMW X5 is a handsome, capable, tech-filled vehicle for the shopper who wants a luxury SUV.
The 2015 Honda Pilot is one of the most practical and family-friendly vehicles in its segment, despite its boxy, truck-like appearance.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class doesn't crow about off-roading: it's more concerned with things like fuel economy and in the AMG, superhero acceleration.
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All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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