2011 Volkswagen
Touareg TDI
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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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Average cargo space
75.2 ft3
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OK performance
16.5 lb/hp
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

9.4

starting from

$48,770

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Touareg TDI

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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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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
19 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 8.8
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 TDI
  • The X5 xDrive35i's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 16.5 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
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 TDI Winner: Touareg TDI
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  • 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 X5 xDrive35i
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
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
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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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • The Touareg TDI's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the X5 xDrive35i
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability
Overall 9.9 vs 9.4

Performance

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Volkswagen
Touareg TDI
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 225 HP @ 4,000 RPM The X5 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 Standard vs Not Available The X5 xDrive35i 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 16.5 lb/hp vs 22.1 lb/hp The X5 xDrive35i has OK performance while the Touareg TDI gives sluggish 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 TDI is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 xDrive35i is quite bad

Luxury Features

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X5 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 X5 xDrive35i

Entertainment System

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X5 xDrive35i
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Touareg TDI
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Number of speakers 10 vs 8 The X5 xDrive35i has more 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 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 TDI; 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 $48,770 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 19 mpg The Touareg TDI has OK city mileage, while the X5 xDrive35i is very inefficient
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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 TDI'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 TDI's is very short

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
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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 xDrive35i
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Touareg TDI
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The X5 xDrive35i has lots of passenger seats and the Touareg TDI 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 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 Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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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 X5 xDrive35i
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Touareg TDI 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

Road Tests

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Volkswagen
Touareg TDI
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0-60 mph 6.4 seconds vs 8.4 seconds The X5 xDrive35i has lightning fast acceleration and the Touareg TDI is just OK
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 135 ft The X5 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 14.7 s @ 92 mph vs 16.5 s @ 86 mph The X5 xDrive35i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Touareg TDI's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.81 g Both vehicles have good cornering ability
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Top speed Unknown vs 125 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i Touareg TDI vs X3 xDrive35i
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Touareg TDI vs Highlander SE
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Touareg TDI vs CX-9 Grand Touring
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 2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 X5 xDrive35i vs XC90 3.2

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