Pecheles Automotive Compares 2016 Volkswagen Touareg VS 2016 Audi Q5 Near Washington, NC

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2016 Volkswagen Touareg

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2016 Volkswagen Touareg

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2016 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

Both the Touareg and Q5 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Touareg has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Q5’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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 Q5 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 Q5 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 Q5 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 Q5 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, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

Volkswagen’s powertrain warranty covers the Touareg 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q5 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 Q5’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.

The camshafts in the Touareg’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Q5’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Touareg has a standard 220-amp alternator. The Q5’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Touareg’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 60 more horsepower (280 vs. 220) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 258) than the Q5 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Touareg’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 35 more horsepower (280 vs. 245) than the Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid. The Touareg’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 8 more horsepower (280 vs. 272) than the Q5 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Touareg uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Q5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Touareg has 7.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Touareg has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 19.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Touareg’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:



Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The Touareg’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Q5 2.0T are solid, not vented.

The Touareg stops shorter than the Q5:



70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Touareg has larger standard tires than the Q5 (255/55R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Touareg Executive’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q5 (275/45R20 vs. 255/45R20).

The Touareg Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5 2.0T’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Touareg’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the Q5 (113.9 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Touareg is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Q5.

The Touareg Executive handles at .85 G’s, while the Q5 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Touareg Executive is quieter than the Q5 2.0T Premium Plus (70 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Touareg has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q5 (103.6 vs. 101.5).

The Touareg has .2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Touareg has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Q5 with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 29.1 cubic feet). The Touareg has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (64 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

The Touareg’s cargo area is larger than the Q5’s in every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Touareg Lux/Executive’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Q5 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 Q5 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 seat and mirrors in the Q5 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.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Touareg has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Q5 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Touareg has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Q5. The Touareg Executive also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q5.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Touareg Executive/Hybrid’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Touareg owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Touareg with a number “5” insurance rate while the Q5 is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Touareg is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Touareg than the Q5, including $24 less for a water pump, $33 less for a starter and $222 less for a fuel pump.

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