2011 BMW
X3 xDrive35i
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Touareg TDI

2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i

9.7

starting from

$41,925
"The X3 looks fresh in its new duds...understated good looks"
caranddriver.com | talking about the X3's external styling
"The cabin is much nicer than before, although it is bereft of its own personality"
caranddriver.com | talking about the X3's interior quality

Reasons to buy the BMW X3 xDrive35i

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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
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Sporty performance
14.1 lb/hp
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Lightning fast 0-60 time
5.6 seconds
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

9.0

starting from

$48,770

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Touareg TDI

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Average cargo space
64.0 ft3
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Fantastic range on the highway
739 miles
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Power outlets
Standard
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Fantastic range in the city
502 miles
Practicality 8.0 vs 10.0
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for around 2.5x more stuff, 64.0 ft3 vs 27.6 ft3
  • The Touareg TDI's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the X3 xDrive35i
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.2
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  • More than 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 14.2 s s @ 96.7 mph mph vs 16.5 s s @ 86.0 mph mph
  • The X3 xDrive35i hits 60mph more than 30% faster, 5.6 seconds vs 8.4 seconds
  • The X3 xDrive35i can go 20% faster than the Touareg TDI, 150 mph vs 125 mph
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
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  • The X3 xDrive35i's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
  • The X3 xDrive35i has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 8
Performance 10.0 vs 8.6
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  • The X3 xDrive35i's power-to-weight ratio is around 40% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.1 lb/hp vs 22.1 lb/hp
  • More than 30% more powerful, 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 225 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i Winner: X3 xDrive35i
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i Winner: X3 xDrive35i
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • The best price we've seen is $6,845 cheaper (more than 10% less), $41,925 vs $48,770
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.0

Practicality

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X3 xDrive35i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 27.6 ft3 vs 64.0 ft3 The Touareg TDI has OK cargo room, while the X3 xDrive35i has very little
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front seats 53.8 ft3 vs 56.7 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 904 lb vs 1,188 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The Touareg TDI's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the X3 xDrive35i
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The Touareg TDI's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the X3 xDrive35i
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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X3 xDrive35i
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0-60 mph 5.6 seconds vs 8.4 seconds The X3 xDrive35i has lightning fast acceleration and the Touareg TDI is just OK
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 135 ft The X3 xDrive35i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Touareg TDI is just OK
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1/4 mile 14.2 s s @ 96.7 mph mph vs 16.5 s s @ 86.0 mph mph The X3 xDrive35i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Touareg TDI's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs 0.81 g The X3 xDrive35i has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the Touareg TDI is not bad, either
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Top speed 150 mph vs 125 mph The X3 xDrive35i can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the Touareg TDI is just OK

Entertainment System

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X3 xDrive35i
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Number of speakers 12 vs 8 The X3 xDrive35i has an extraordinary amount of speakers, and the Touareg TDI is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the X3 xDrive35i, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The X3 xDrive35i has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Touareg TDI; no amount of money can buy it on the X3 xDrive35i

Performance

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X3 xDrive35i
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 225 HP @ 4,000 RPM The X3 xDrive35i is fairly powerful, but the Touareg TDI is not far behind
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Number of gears 8 vs 8 Plenty of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 14.1 lb/hp vs 22.1 lb/hp The X3 xDrive35i is a sporty car, but the Touareg TDI is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.0 ft vs 39.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

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X3 xDrive35i
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the X3 xDrive35i

Cost

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X3 xDrive35i
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MSRP $41,925 vs $48,770 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The X3 xDrive35i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Touareg TDI's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The X3 xDrive35i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Touareg TDI's is very short

Safety Features

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X3 xDrive35i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system BMW Assist vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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X3 xDrive35i
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

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2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 X3 xDrive28i vs GLK350
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion X3 xDrive28i vs Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Touareg TDI vs Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Touareg TDI vs ML350
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Touareg TDI vs Highlander SE
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2011 Honda CR-V Touareg TDI vs CR-V

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