Volkswagen Touareg Vs Audi Q7 Interior – volkswagen touareg vs audi q7
Sounds like too abundant to ask, right? Well, actually, you could altercate that such a car already exists: the Audi Q7. With a affably wafty ride, tidy handling, accoutrements of amplitude and decidedly acceptable ammunition economy, it’s been our favourite affluence SUV aback its barrage three years ago.
But aback you’re at the top, there’s consistently accession or article absent to booty you down. In this case, the blackmail has two prongs.
First up is the Lexus RX 450h, now accessible with an ‘L’ in its name. This agency it has had its appendage continued to accord a bigger cossack and a brace of added seats. There’s additionally the all-new Volkswagen Touareg for the Q7 to argue with. Although it’s the alone five-seater here, it fights aback with lots of able technology beneath its sharp-suited skin.
Although our three contenders all accept V6 engines, automated gearboxes and four-wheel drive, there are some notable differences. While the Q7 and Touareg are able with 3.0-litre agent engines, the RX is a petrol-electric hybrid. In addition, the RX’s 3.5-litre petrol V6 is commutual with a continuously capricious manual (CVT) rather than a accepted auto like the added two, so it has no anchored gears. Meanwhile, a brace of electric motors boosts ability from 258bhp to 309bhp and allows for a bound bulk of electric-only running.
The RX may be the best powerful, but it’s additionally added than its rivals, due to the batteries bare for the amalgam system. With a 0-60mph time of 7.6sec, it’s no slouch, but the Q7 and Touareg are able-bodied over a additional quicker. Things are afterpiece on the move, although the RX is still the slowest.
Not allowance affairs is the RX’s CVT ’box. Press the accelerator and the revs blaze and break aerial until you’re up to the dispatch at which you appetite to cruise. Alike a abstinent acclivity will accept the agent bawl like a wolf that’s barbate its paw. With no apparatus as such, it builds dispatch actual smoothly, though. Alone aback it switches from petrol to electric approach do you feel a little hesitation.
The Touareg and Q7 bandy cogs appealing smoothly, too. Crucially, though, their engines don’t scream for benevolence every time you accelerate. That said, while the Touareg is hushed, the Q7’s agent is alike smoother and quieter. The Touareg is additionally abaft the Q7 in agreement of responsiveness; it has a continued anticipate afore absolution you cull assimilate a roundabout, for example, admitting the Q7 is far snappier to react.
The Touareg is additionally somewhat afraid to bang bottomward for best dispatch on the move, authoritative overtaking added abounding than it needs to be.
Even so, the Touareg should accomplish an absorbing tow car, actuality able of affairs a braked bivouac belief up to 3500kg. The Q7 can bout this figure, but alone aback adapted with air abeyance (£2000) – an advantage we’d absolutely add. As for the RX, while the five-seater can cull 2000kg, the seven-seater can’t tow a thing, due to its weight. Lexus says abacus towing adequacy would accept exceeded the banned of the powertrain.
Most buyers will appetite a pillowy ride from their affluence SUV – article the Q7 absolutely excels at with air abeyance fitted. Alike on big, 20in wheels, it wafts forth in a address that puts abounding affluence limos to shame. Although some ability acquisition that there’s a little too abundant fl oat over undulations in Abundance mode, you can flick the abeyance to Dynamic to accomplish the car feel bigger angry down. The RX isn’t in the aforementioned alliance for comfort, alike with the accepted adaptive abeyance in its softest setting, although it’s far from a bone-shaker and absolutely rides absolutely calmly at college speeds.
We’ve activated the Touareg R-Line with both its accepted sports abeyance and alternative air abeyance (£2370); the closing additionally adds rear-wheel steering. Put simply, air abeyance is a must-have, because in accepted anatomy the Touareg thumps over potholes and jostles you from ancillary to ancillary over bumps that the Q7 smothers with ease. With air suspension, the low-speed ride is still a little added awkward than the Q7’s, but it aloof edges the RX for all-embracing comfort, alike on 21in auto (£750).
Those alternative auto ability explain why the Touareg bliss up the best alley barrage and is noisiest all-embracing at both 30 and 70mph. It’s still far from a disorderly companion, though. The RX, which can run in electric-only approach at times (at speeds up to 40mph), is the quietest at 30mph, while the Q7 is the best peaceful at 70mph, with aloof the merest fl absolute of wind babble about its aperture mirrors.
Although the way these cars handle won’t be a antecedence for best buyers, those attractive for the greatest activity are best served by the Touareg. Its alternative rear-wheel council helps low-speed manoeuvrability, while anchor levels are aerial and it resists anatomy cycle the best. The Q7’s added breadth agency it isn’t absolutely as able in corners, but it can still be hustled forth at a hasty amount and is anticipated aback pushed. The RX has the atomic anchor and feels the atomic abiding and composed aback apprenticed agilely on a ambagious road. All feel defended in an emergency stop, although the Touareg pulled up in the beeline ambit in our tests and the RX the longest, afar by 4.5m.
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