2017 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

2017 Volkswagen Touareg
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Unlike its German rivals, the Volkswagen Touareg offers seating for five—and no more.

That means it isn't all that easy to directly compare to the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and Audi Q7 for some buyers.

But if five seat belts is enough for you, you'll find the Touareg to be comparable in terms of ride and handling to the GLE and not far off of the moderately more dynamic X5.

But those models offer far more customizability than the four-flavor Touareg.

If five seats is sufficient, the Jeep Grand Cherokee in Limited and Overland trims feels remarkably similar to the Touareg, and although it doesn't deliver quite the same level of interior sophistication, the Jeep is available with more off road goodies and is a lot less expensive when optioned up about the same.

The Lexus RX is sportier than ever, which means it's also a good crossover to cross-shop against the Touareg.

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Although it might be sold alongside pedestrian Jettas, the Volkswagen Touareg looks and feels nearly like a full-on luxury SUV at a (slightly) cut-rate price.
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.
The 2017 BMW X5 boasts a solid set of powertrains and features that move the sedan toward the top of any list of luxury SUVs.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a benchmark SUV; it's a luxury vehicle, a talented off-roader, a scalding-hot track runner, and a family wagon extraordinaire.
As a style-conscious statement of indulgence, the Lexus RX shines like never before. Its looks are polarizing and it's not all that fun to drive even in F Sport form, but the RX continues to excel in many ways.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
N/AStandard SUV 4WDStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name    
V6 Sport w/Technology2.0 TFSI PremiumsDrive35i Sports Activity Vehicle75th Anniversary Edition 4x2 *Ltd Avail*RX 350 FWD
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4MOTIONquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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