Audi Q5 TDI  vs Volkswagen Touareg TDI 

Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

  • $47k
  • 3.0L Diesel V6
  • 24 city 31 hwy
We're happy with any of the carry-over powerplants, especially the 2.0-liter turbo four-it's lighter and almost as quick as the Q5 3.0T, with its 272-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)
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Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sport

  • $47k
  • 3.0L Diesel V6
  • 20 city 29 hwy
The name is quirky (from a nomadic North African tribe) but behind the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg's badging is one of the more compelling packages in today's 5-door, all-wheel-drive (AWD) lineup.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)

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Affordability

Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

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Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Q5 TDI vs Touareg TDI

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Audi Q5 TDI

Reasons to consider the
Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

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Higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 6 vs 5 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Reduced total carbon footprint 58 tons vs 67 tons Around 15% less pollution, assuming 150,000 miles over the life of the car
Saves on fuel $2,191 vs $2,518 Around 15% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic
Emits significantly less methane per mile 0.03 g vs 0.04 g Methane contributes to the greenhouse effect
Less landfill usage 72.31 kg vs 209 kg 2.9x less waste sent to landfill during manufacture
Less CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton vs 0.89 metric ton More than 25% less CO2 emitted per car made; clean factories are good factories
More efficient freshwater use 3.69 m³ vs 4.55 m³ Around 20% less per car made; 1 cubic metre of water is 1.5 year's worth of drinking water
Smaller annual carbon footprint 385 g vs 442 g Around 15% better combined CO2/mile
Higher EPA city mileage 24 MPG vs 20 MPG 20% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic
Front view of Volkswagen Touareg TDI

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Significantly better highway driving range 765 miles vs 613 miles Around 25% further range on the interstate
Less energy used per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle vs 2,680 kWh/vehicle Around 35% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Better city driving range 528 miles vs 475 miles More than 10% further in the city

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$46,500 14.6¢/mile Audi Q5 TDI
Volkswagen Touareg TDI $47,445 16.8¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Audi Q5 TDI is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
 
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Audi Q5 TDI Volkswagen Touareg TDI
Price $9,300 ($46,500) $9,489 ($47,445)
Fuel $2,190 (2,807 gallons) $2,517 (3,226 gallons)
City 24 MPG 20 MPG
Highway 31 MPG 29 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Q5 TDI  vs Touareg TDI 

9.6
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It features a more powerful version of the Q5's available supercharged V-6 gas engine that's rated at 354 hp.
Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Q5 TDI  vs
Touareg TDI 
Brand Audi Volkswagen
Model year 2014 2013
City range 475 miles 528 miles
Highway range 613 miles 765 miles
MSRP $47k $47k
Annual cost $11,491 $12,007

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.69 m³ 4.55 m³
CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton 0.89 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,680 kWh/vehicle 1,790 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 72.31 kg 209 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.0L 3.0L
Air compressor None None
Fuel
Diesel
Cylinders V6 V6
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 4x4 8-speed Automatic 4WD Full-Time

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 10 8
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input No Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A Standard
Satellite radio Standard Standard
Entertainment system Optional, $1,950 N/A

features

Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $0 N/A
Navigation system Optional, $3,550 N/A
Roof rails Standard N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard

emissions

Q5 TDI  vs
Touareg TDI 
EPA smog score 6 6
EPA GHG score 6 5
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.33 g 0.39 g
Combined CO2/mile 385 g 442 g
Methane/mile 0.03 g 0.04 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g 0.02 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.04 g 0.04 g
Vapor canisters 0 0
Bleed canisters 0 0
Catalytic converters 3 3
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 58 tons 67 tons

power & handling

Max torque 428 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM 406 ft-lb @ 2,000 RPM
Max HP 240 HP @ 3,750 RPM 240 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 18.65 lb/hp 20.73 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 feet 39 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 13.58 in Ventilated Disc 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 235 255
Front wheel diameter 19 inch 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 55

safety features

Active head restraints No Yes
Airbags
Side
Head curtain
Passenger
Driver
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor Standard N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 74.7 in 76.4 in
Front track width 63.7 in 65 in
Height 65.2 in 68.2 in
Ground clearance 7.9 in 7.9 in
Length 182.6 in 188.8 in
Wheelbase 110.5 in 113.9 in
Curb weight 4,475 lb 4,974 lb
Tow weight 4,400 7,716
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 54 ft³ 57 ft³
Rear seat room 48 ft³ 47 ft³
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