2012 BMW
X6 M
vs. 2012 Volkswagen
Passat TDI SEL Premium

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

10.0

starting from

$32,965

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
43 mpg
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Fantastic range on the highway
796 miles
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Fantastic range in the city
574 miles
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
31 mpg
2012 BMW X6 M

9.4

Runner-up

BMW X6 M

starting from

$90,375

Reasons to buy the BMW X6 M

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Quite powerful
555 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Very sporty performance
9.6 lb/hp
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
Cost 8.9 vs 10.0
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  • Gets more than 2.5x more miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg vs 12 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $57,410 cheaper (2.7x less), $32,965 vs $90,375
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers roof rails
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the X6 M
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.4 vs 10.0

Cost

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MSRP $90,375 vs $32,965 The Passat TDI SEL Premium has a reasonable price, while the X6 M is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 12 mpg vs 31 mpg The Passat TDI SEL Premium gets great city mileage, but the X6 M is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The X6 M's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Passat TDI SEL Premium's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The X6 M's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Passat TDI SEL Premium's is very short

Luxury Features

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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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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 Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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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

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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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

Performance

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Horsepower 555 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM The X6 M is very powerful, but the Passat TDI SEL Premium is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Unknown
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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 9.6 lb/hp vs 24.3 lb/hp The X6 M is a very sporty car, while the Passat TDI SEL Premium is quite sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The X6 M has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.0 ft vs 36.4 ft The Passat TDI SEL Premium can make tight turns, and the X6 M is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Passat TDI SEL Premium has the usual number of seats, while the X6 M has very few
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Highway driving range 383 miles vs 796 miles The Passat TDI SEL Premium gets fantastic distance, but the X6 M is very limited
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Cargo space 59.7 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 The X6 M has OK cargo room, while the Passat TDI SEL Premium has very little
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front seats 53.6 ft3 vs 53.5 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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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 Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 16 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the X6 M's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the X6 M

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 4.3 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 106 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 12.8 s @ 110 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.92 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs Unknown

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