2011 Volkswagen
Touareg VR6
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 xDrive35i

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i

9.9

starting from

$48,075
"The eight-speed automatic produces the sort of smooth shifts and quick responses you'd expect"
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's transmission
"The X5 has always put a premium on its handling, however, and for 2011 that doesn't change."
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW X5 xDrive35i

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Average cargo space
75.2 ft3
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6

9.6

starting from

$45,270

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Touareg VR6

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Fantastic range on the highway
607 miles
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Good range in the city
422 miles
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Entertainment system
Standard
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Comparable towing weight
1462 lb
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Winner: X5 xDrive35i
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the X5 xDrive35i
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Winner: Touareg VR6
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Touareg VR6; no amount of money can buy it on the X5 xDrive35i
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Winner: X5 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
Performance 10.0 vs 9.7
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Winner: X5 xDrive35i
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  • The X5 xDrive35i comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Touareg VR6
  • The X5 xDrive35i's Twin turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Twin turbocharger vs None
  • Around 10% more powerful, 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 280 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Practicality - vs 10.0
Missing information
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  • The Touareg VR6's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the X5 xDrive35i
Overall 9.9 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Volkswagen
Touareg VR6
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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 X5 xDrive35i

Entertainment System

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Volkswagen
Touareg VR6
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Number of speakers 10 vs 8 The X5 xDrive35i has more speakers and the Touareg VR6 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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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 VR6; no amount of money can buy it on the X5 xDrive35i

Cost

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X5 xDrive35i
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MSRP $48,075 vs $45,270 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 16 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The X5 xDrive35i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Touareg VR6's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The X5 xDrive35i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Touareg VR6's is very short

Performance

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Volkswagen
Touareg VR6
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 280 HP @ 6,200 RPM Fairly powerful
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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 Standard vs Not Available The X5 xDrive35i comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Touareg VR6
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None The X5 xDrive35i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.5 lb/hp vs 16.8 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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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 42.0 ft vs 39.0 ft The Touareg VR6 is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 xDrive35i is quite bad

Safety Features

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X5 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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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Volkswagen
Touareg VR6
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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

Road Tests

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Volkswagen
Touareg VR6
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0-60 mph 6.4 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 14.7 s @ 92 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 125 mph

Practicality

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Volkswagen
Touareg VR6
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The X5 xDrive35i has lots of passenger seats and the Touareg VR6 is OK, too
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Cargo space 75.2 ft3 vs 64.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats Unknown vs 56.7 ft3
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Base payload capacity 1290 lb vs 1462 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 Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The Touareg VR6's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the X5 xDrive35i
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Touareg VR6 has a good number of cupholders, but the X5 xDrive35i does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Touareg VR6 vs Tiguan SE
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC Touareg TDI Lux vs ML350 BlueTEC
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i Touareg TDI vs X3 xDrive35i
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Touareg VR6 vs Highlander SE
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 2011 Nissan Murano LE Touareg VR6 vs Murano LE
2012 BMW X5 Premium Placeholder X5 Premium vs Q5 Premium Plus
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 X5 xDrive35i vs ML350
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i X5 xDrive35i vs X3 xDrive28i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 Acura MDX X5 xDrive35i vs MDX
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 Lexus RX 450h X5 xDrive35i vs RX 450h

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