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Old 12-03-2012, 04:58 PM
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Touareg TDI vs X5

I test drove the 2012 Touareg TDI extensively before settling on a 2012 X5 diesel. In my opinion, TDI has a smoother and more quiet engine. TDI is also more practical with more trunk space and back seats that slide forward. It also gets better mileage, probably due to the 8 speed tranny.

Other than that, IMO the X5 is better in every way. In no particular order: handling, power, interior, looks, fun, you can pretty much build your car the way you like it, warranty, maintenance plan etc.

Like you I was looking at paying about the same for a TDI than for a X5. In my opinion, the X5 was a better value.

Despite the above, the Touareg is a fine vehicle. Anybody looking for a diesel SUV should have it on their test drive list.
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