Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X6 VS 2016 Volkswagen Touareg Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 BMW X6

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2016 Volkswagen Touareg

Safety Comparison

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A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X6 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Touareg doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X6 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Touareg doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the X6 and the Touareg have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front parking sensors, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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The X6 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Touareg’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X6 for 3 years and 40,000 miles longer than Volkswagen pays for maintenance for the Touareg (4/50,000 vs. 1/10,000).

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

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The X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (300 vs. 280) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 266) than the Touareg’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The X6 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 165 more horsepower (445 vs. 280) and 214 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 266) than the Touareg’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X6 s/xDrive35i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the Touareg VR6 (18 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the X6’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Volkswagen only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Touareg Hybrid.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X6’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Touareg:

X6 s/xDrive35i

X6 xDrive50i

Touareg

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.4 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The X6’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Touareg Sport’s standard 55 series tires. The X6’s optional 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Touareg Lux/Executive’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X6 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Touareg Sport.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X6 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Touareg doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X6 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Touareg’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The X6 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the X6 flat and controlled during cornering. The Touareg’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The X6 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Volkswagen doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Touareg.

The X6 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Touareg’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X6 offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Touareg doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X6’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Touareg (115.5 inches vs. 113.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X6 is 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Touareg.

The X6’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.7% to 50.3%) than the Touareg’s (53.3% to 46.7%). This gives the X6 more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X6 has .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Touareg.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X6’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Touareg doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The X6 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Touareg doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X6’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Touareg’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the X6 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Touareg can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X6 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Touareg doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X6 has standard extendable sun visors. The Touareg doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the X6 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Touareg’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The X6 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Touareg has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Standard BMW Apps for the X6 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Touareg doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The X6’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Touareg doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The X6 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the X6 will retain 47.55% to 52.65% of its original price after five years, while the Touareg only retains 36.69% to 50.12%.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X6 second among midsize premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Touareg isn’t in the top three in its category.

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