2011 Volkswagen
Touareg TDI
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 M

2012 BMW X5 M

9.6

Winner

BMW X5 M

starting from

$87,275
"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 M

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Quite powerful
555 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Very sporty performance
9.7 lb/hp
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Lightning fast 0-60 time
4.5 seconds
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Paddle shifters
Standard
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

9.0

starting from

$48,770

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Touareg TDI

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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Fantastic range on the highway
739 miles
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Fantastic range in the city
502 miles
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Power outlets
Standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 BMW X5 M Winner: X5 M
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the X5 M's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the X5 M; the Touareg TDI only offers cloth seats
Cost 8.1 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Winner: Touareg TDI
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  • The best price we've seen is $38,505 cheaper (more than 40% less), $48,770 vs $87,275
  • Gets around 60% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 12 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 8.3
2012 BMW X5 M Winner: X5 M
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  • The X5 M comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Touareg TDI
  • The X5 M's power-to-weight ratio is 2.3x better, providing a sportier ride, 9.7 lb/hp vs 22.1 lb/hp
  • Around 2.5x more powerful, 555 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 225 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.8
2012 BMW X5 M Winner: X5 M
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  • The X5 M has 8 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 16 vs 8
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the X5 M's satellite radio
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

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X5 M
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Touareg TDI
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the X5 M's standard 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 Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the X5 M; the Touareg TDI only offers cloth seats

Cost

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X5 M
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Touareg TDI
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MSRP $87,275 vs $48,770 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 12 mpg vs 19 mpg The Touareg TDI has OK city mileage, while the X5 M is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The X5 M'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 X5 M's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Touareg TDI's is very short

Performance

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X5 M
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Horsepower 555 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 225 HP @ 4,000 RPM The X5 M is very powerful, while the Touareg TDI is only of average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 8 Both have more gears, but the Touareg TDI in particular has a wide number
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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 M comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Touareg TDI
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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 9.7 lb/hp vs 22.1 lb/hp The X5 M is a very sporty car, while the Touareg TDI is quite 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 42.0 ft vs 39.0 ft The Touareg TDI is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 M is quite bad

Entertainment System

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X5 M
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Touareg TDI
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Number of speakers 16 vs 8 The X5 M 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 Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the X5 M's 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 Optional vs Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the X5 M

Safety Features

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X5 M
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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 M
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Touareg TDI
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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

Practicality

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X5 M
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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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 1102 lb vs 1188 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 X5 M
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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Touareg TDI has a good number of cupholders, but the X5 M does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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X5 M
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0-60 mph 4.5 seconds vs 8.4 seconds The X5 M has lightning fast acceleration and the Touareg TDI is just OK
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 135 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 16.5 s @ 86 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.81 g
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Top speed 155 mph vs 125 mph The X5 M can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the Touareg TDI is just OK

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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 Executive 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Touareg VR6 Executive vs Santa Fe Limited
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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