Volkswagen Touareg vs. Audi Q7

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Volkswagen Touareg vs. Audi Q7

In the last decade or so, crossover vehicles have become quite popular. A crossover is a mixture between a regular car and a SUV. Crossovers offer more cargo room than a car, but with better gas mileage and handling than a SUV. In many cases, these crossover vehicles begin to appear as though they are quite similar to each other. One notable case of this happening is with the Volkswagen Touareg and the Audi Q7. Both cars are German, and are owned by the same parent company.

It may be easy for consumers to assume that one is a clone or at best, a slightly upgraded version of the other. While this is true to some extent, there are significant differences between the two. The best way to illustrate these differences is to compare them in a number of different categories. In this way, buyers can feel more informed when then make a purchase, regardless of whether or not they buy from an auto dealer or online via websites like eBay.

About the Volkswagen Touareg

The Volkswagen Touareg was first produced in 2002, and as such is an early crossover vehicle. The Touareg was begun as a project developed by Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche, all of which have the same parent company. The name 'Touareg' was chosen in honour of the Tuareg people of North Africa.

The Tuareg was initially released as the most expensive Volkswagen in history, which made some people dismiss it as being far too extravagant. Still, the vehicle was successful, partially because it has standard four-wheel drive. While the original design of the Touareg proved popular, it received a significant facelift in 2007.

About the Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 was released after the Touareg, in 2006. The Q7 was made by Audi using the platform that had originally been developed for the Touareg. While the Touareg was not the first SUV made for Volkswagen, the Q7 was the first SUV of any kind produced by Audi. As is the case with most Audi vehicles, it was meant to be a step up in terms of luxury from the Touareg. Even though the Touareg was expensive for a Volkswagen, the Q7 was still pricier. While the Q7 also had a four-wheel drive system, it was not really intended for off-roading activities.

Fuel Efficiency

As petrol prices rise frequently, fuel efficiency is a major concern for those who wish to purchase a car. For the most part, both the Touareg and the Q7 are more fuel efficient than most SUVs. In the city, both the Touareg and the Q7 receive the same mileage. However, the Touareg wins in terms of being more fuel efficient overall as it is more efficient on the highway. This is mostly due to the fact that the Q7 is significantly heavier than the Touareg.

Vehicle

Touareg

Q7

Fuel Efficiency (City/Highway MPG)

16/25

16/28

For those who seldom leave the city environment, there is no glaring differences between the two vehicles. The extra weight of the Q7 may come in handy during an accident, but this same weight reduces the manoeuvrability of the vehicle somewhat.

Alternate Fuel Options

While the Touareg wins in terms of petrol, there are other options to be mindful of as well. Both vehicles come in varieties that are powered by diesel. Diesel vehicles are more fuel efficient than those that use petrol. There are also hybrid models for both vehicles that use petrol, but supplement this power with electricity produced when the driver uses the braking system. In both types of alternate fuel options, the greater weight of the Q7 does make it slightly less efficient than the Touareg. The diesel option was added for both vehicles in the 2009 model, which means that older versions only use petrol.

Size and Seating

Part of the reason why the Q7 is so much heavier than the Touareg is that it has seating for up to 7 people. This is in marked contrast to the Touareg, which is designed to have a maximum of 5 seats. This makes the Q7 slightly longer than the Touareg, but this difference is not that significant. In terms of height, the two vehicles are roughly the same, although the Q7 is somewhat wider. This may make the Q7 somewhat more difficult to fit into certain parking spaces, and may take some adjustment for those who are used to driving a smaller vehicle.

Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity is important to many drivers, as they need a place to store belongings that might pertain to their employment, or if they simply need to move some furniture around. The vast interior space in the Q7, designed to accommodate 7 people offers more potential cargo space than the Touareg. However, this space is only available when the seats are folded down. This means that if the car is full of passengers and cargo, the Touareg has nearly three times the cargo capacity.

Engine

Since both the Touareg and the Q7 use the same platform, they generally use the same engine as well. In both cars, the standard engine is a 3.6 litre V6 engine. Horsepower does vary slightly, mainly due to the extra weight found in the Q7. Torque is not affected by the extra weight, although there may be a slight decrease in acceleration with the Q7 due to the extra weight. Both cars come with standard automatic transmission. This transmission has a manual mode, which means that there is not a manual transmission option available on either vehicle.

Safety

For the most part, there are no clear differences between the Touareg and the Q7 in terms of safety features. Both vehicles have standard, government-mandated safety features. These features include an anti-lock braking system, an electronic stability system, and airbags in both the front and in the sides.

Extra Features

While both the Touareg and the Q7 are considered luxury crossover vehicles, there are some significant differences. This is mainly because there are differences between Audi and Volkswagen. Volkswagen mainly designs vehicles to appeal to middle income households, while Audi is meant to appeal to those with more money to spend. This means that an Audi usually has nicer features and a more luxurious interior than a Volkswagen.

This holds true in the case of the Touareg and the Q7. While the Touareg has a number of options that can raise the price quite a bit, the Q7 has nicer features still. For example, the Q7 has an interface found in other Audi vehicles that allows the driver to access and control navigation, climate control, and the audio system. This interface is cleverly designed and is quite appealing visually. There are a number of advanced tech options for the Q7 that are not found in the Touareg.

Buying a Touareg or a Q7 on eBay

Both the Volkswagen Touareg and the Audi Q7 are available on eBay. After learning everything about each vehicle, it can be difficult to make a decision, but once that decision has been made, there are examples of both vehicles available for sale on eBay. As is the case with many cars sold online, the available inventory changes frequently, so if a specific model or year of either a Touareg or a Q7 is desired, waiting a few days may reveal it for sale. Finding the right vehicle for an individual or family is easy with the search bar that is available on every eBay web page. Any entered into this search bar can turn up results, so a search for a ' 2009 Volkswagen Touareg ' or a ' 2007 Audi Q7' can bear fruit.

Be Thorough

Both new and used cars are available for sale on eBay. Regardless of what kind of car is purchased, it is important to be thorough when making a purchase. This means reading the product description as this can provide information about a car's history as well as potential problems. Any questions that a potential buyer has about a car can be addressed to the seller, who can respond to queries via email.

Conclusion

The Volkswagen Touareg and the Audi Q7 are similar vehicles in that are both very popular and have solid reputations amongst the car buying community. While both vehicles were built on the same platform, and incorporate some of the same technology, there are enough differences that some buyers may prefer one over the other. The Q7 is generally more expensive than the Touareg. However, many buyers may feel that the Touareg is too expensive as it is a Volkswagen, known to be more affordable, while the Q7 is an Audi, known to be more of a luxury car.

The primary differences are in the interior and optional features and the size and cargo capacity of the vehicles. The Q7 has more advanced features, and offers more available seating and potential cargo space. The Touareg, on the other hand is smaller, and has fewer options. The larger size of the Q7 means that it has slightly less horsepower and fuel efficiency. The differences between the two vehicles is not enough to make one of them a clear victor. It is up to the buyers who use this information to find the car that best fits their budget and needs.

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