Pecheles Automotive Compares 2016 Volkswagen Touareg VS 2015 Audi Q7 Near New Bern, NC

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2016 Volkswagen Touareg

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2016 Volkswagen Touareg

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2015 Audi Q7

Safety Comparison

The Touareg offers optional Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Q7 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Touareg has standard post collision braking, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Q7 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Touareg’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Q7 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Touareg Executive has a standard Overhead View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Q7 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Touareg and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

Volkswagen’s powertrain warranty covers the Touareg 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Touareg’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Volkswagen Touareg’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Q7’s 3.0 supercharged V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Touareg has a standard 220-amp alternator. The Q7’s 190-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Touareg has a standard 420-amp battery. The Q7 only offers a standard 380-amp battery.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Touareg TDI gets better fuel mileage than the Q7 TDI (21 city/29 hwy vs. 19 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Touareg VR6 gets better fuel mileage than the Q7 3.0T (17 city/23 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Touareg Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q7 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Touareg Hybrid’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 Q7 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Touareg uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Q7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Touareg stops much shorter than the Q7:



70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

150 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Touareg Executive handles at .85 G’s, while the Q7 pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Touareg executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Q7 3.0 TDI Premium (27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Volkswagen Touareg may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

The Touareg is 11.5 inches shorter than the Q7, making the Touareg easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Touareg Executive is quieter than the Q7 3.0 TFSI Prestige (70 vs. 72 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Touareg has .1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and 1.1 inches more front shoulder room than the Q7.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Touareg easier. The Touareg’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.3 inches, while the Q7’s liftover is 32.9 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Touareg Lux/Executive’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Q7 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Touareg’s available cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Q7 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Q7 Premium Plus/Prestige, the Touareg Hybrid has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Touareg has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Touareg owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Touareg will cost $1925 less than the Q7 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Touareg is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because it costs $9 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Touareg than the Q7, including $307 less for an alternator, $48 less for front brake pads, $135 less for a starter, $68 less for a fuel pump, $1132 less for front struts, $811 less for a timing belt/chain and $1039 less for a power steering pump.

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