2016 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2016 Audi Q5

When it comes to picking a luxury SUV, shoppers have many options. Budgets are usually the name of the game when it comes to deciding, and when comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2016 Audi Q5 you get two very similar models that are priced alike. How are you supposed to choose between them? One reason for the similarities may be the fact that Audi is also part of the Volkswagen Group, so we can’t say you’d really go wrong with either option. Both models seat up to five, come standard with all-wheel drive and have eight-speed automatic transmissions paired with impressive engine options to provide smooth gear shifts. Where you will notice a difference is in capabilities, features, spaciousness and performance. But which model will come out on top in a head-to-head comparison?

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2016 Volkswagen Touareg Sport vs 2016 Audi Q5 Premium
3.6-liter V6; 280 hp, 266 lb-ft Base Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder; 220 hp, 258 lb-ft
7,716 Towing Capacity 4,400
104 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 101 cu. ft.
64 cu. ft. Max. Cargo Volume 57.3 cu. ft.

Differences between the 2016 VW Touareg and 2016 Audi Q5

As you can see from the chart, there are a number of key differences between the 2016 VW Touareg and the 2016 Audi Q5 when it comes to size and engine options. The Touareg comes solely with a V6 engine to give it maximum power, while the 2016 Audi Q5 starts off with a turbocharged 4-cylinder that provides better fuel-economy figures, but might feel a tad sluggish for the size of the SUV. A V6 upgrade is available for the Q5, but starting at the mid-trim Premium Plus, for a starting MSRP that will set you back more than $3,000 compared to the starting MSRP of the base Touareg trim. Even after the upgrade, the V6 still has slightly less horsepower at 272 hp compared to the 280 hp V6 in the Touareg.

Other key differences center on interior space, which is an important benefit of driving an SUV. The Touareg offers more overall room for passengers by a full three cubic feet, which also translates into more cargo space overall. Combine these figures with a large gap between towing capacities, and the Touareg is a definite winner for those who don’t travel light or need to tow boats or campers.

When it comes to all the practical elements, the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg has shoppers covered, but what about standard features? Both models have multi-function steering wheels, power windows and locks, cruise control, eight-power adjustable front seats and automatic headlights and windshield wipers. The Touareg has two-zone climate control and V-Tex leatherette seating, compared to tri-zone climate control and leather seats in the Q5. Other features they have in common include standard roof rails, heated windshield washer nozzles and Bi-Xenon headlights.

Still not sure which model is right for you? Stop by New Century Volkswagen to take the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg for a test drive.

2016 vw touareg exterior styling
2016 audi q5 exterior styling
2016 vw touareg interior technology and features
2016 audi q5 interior technology and features

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