2016 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

2015 Volkswagen Touareg
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell 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 Infiniti QX70, formerly known as the FX, is a sporty choice for shoppers looking for performance on twisty roads.

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

The Mercedes-Benz GLE, formerly the 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 new mainstream styling, quality cabin, and excellent seating package.

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
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Expensive and fancy for a vehicle from a mainstream brand, the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg is also less expensive than some comparable luxury-SUV options.
8.0
The 2017 Audi Q7 gets a rakish new sport-wagon look, a finely detailed, tech-savvy interior, and serious chassis advancements underneath—including a dramatic weight loss, available rear-wheel steering, and a plug-in hybrid version.
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The benchmark of mid-size luxury SUVs, the 2016 BMW X5 offers handsome looks, a choice of powertrains, an abundance of tech features, sporty on-road dynamics, and even some off-road capability.
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The 2016 Honda Pilot has axed its hard edges: it's once again a smooth, capable family wagon, one that raises the bar for refinement.
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Though aging, the 2016 Infiniti QX70 still offers an appealing mix of sporty dynamics, coupe-like looks, and luxurious appointments.
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The M-Class gets a new lease on luxury-crossover life as the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class—and it's joined by a swoopy new Coupe variant.
MSRP From     
$42,705$49,000$54,700$30,345$45,850$51,100
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
N/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
4-Door V6 Sport2.0 TFSI PremiumRWD 4-Door sDrive35i2WD 4-Door LXRWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door GLE 350
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
575855
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4MOTIONquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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