Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X5 VS 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW X5

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2017 Volkswagen Touareg

Safety Comparison

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the City Collision Mitigation optional in the X5 as “Superior.” The Touareg scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 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 X5’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Touareg doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The X5 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 X5 and the Touareg have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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The X5 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.

The X5’s 12 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Touareg runs out after 120,000 miles.

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Touareg.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Touareg isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 13th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

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The X5 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 X5 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.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 266) than the Touareg’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the X5 s/xDrive35i is faster than the Volkswagen Touareg:

 

X5

Touareg

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.7 sec

20.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.8 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the Touareg (23 city/29 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 gets better fuel mileage than the Touareg:

 

 

X5

Touareg

 

2WD

sDrive35i/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

xDrive35i/Auto

18 city/24 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Touareg doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Touareg doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X5 xDrive50i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Touareg:

 

X5

X5 xDrive50i

Touareg

Front Rotors

13.1 inches

15.2 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

13 inches

The X5 stops much shorter than the Touareg:

 

X5

Touareg

 

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The X5’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 X5’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 X5 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 available on the X5 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 X5 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 X5 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the X5 flat and controlled during cornering. The Touareg’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The X5 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 X5 offers an available 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 X5 has a standard 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 X5’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Touareg (115.5 inches vs. 113.9 inches).

The X5 xDrive50i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Touareg Sport (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Touareg (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X5 xDrive35i xDrive is quieter than the Touareg:

 

X5

Touareg

At idle

41 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X5 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Touareg can only carry 5.

The X5 has 27.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Touareg (131.2 vs. 103.6).

The X5 has .9 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Touareg.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X5’s cargo area provides more volume than the Touareg.

 

X5

Touareg

Third Seat Removed

35.8 cubic feet

32.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

64 cubic feet

The X5’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Touareg’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X5’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 X5 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 X5’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 X5 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the X5 has a standard rear variable intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Touareg only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the X5’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Touareg’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X5 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 X5 has standard extendable sun visors. The Touareg doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the X5 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 X5 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 X5 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 X5’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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Insurance will cost less for the X5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X5 with a number “3” insurance rate while the Touareg is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X5 is less expensive to operate than the Touareg because it costs $27 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the X5 than the Touareg, including $105 less for a starter, $190 less for fuel injection, $308 less for front struts and $475 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 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.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 885, Strategic Vision rated the BMW X5 10 points higher than the Volkswagen Touareg for 2015. The X5 is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

The BMW X5 outsold the Volkswagen Touareg by almost 8 to one during 2015.

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