Twin Test

THIS MONTHS NEWCOMER TAKES ON THE CLASS BENCHMARK

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VW Touareg 190TDI Premium Model BMW X5 xDrive 30d

2967cc V6, dohc, 24v, TD Engine 2993cc inline 6cyl, dohc, 24v, TD

190kW @ 4000rpm Max power 195kW @ 4000rpm

600Nm @ 2250rpm Max torque 620Nm @ 2000-2500rpm

8-speed automatic Transmission 8-speed automatic

2070kg Weight 2110kg

7.5sec (tested) 0-100km/h 6.6sec (tested)

7.4L/100km Economy 6.8L/100km

$85,490 Price $117,900

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Photo finish decided by a late lunge for the line

This being Wheels, we tend to prioritise cars that drive well. We always have and dont make any great apology for the fact. In this instance, however, its possible to make a solid case for both vehicles here. As a proposition for the family, the Touareg is probably a better bet. If youre going to be the one doing all the driving and the rear seats arent perpetually occupied, wed gravitate to the car from Spartanburg, North Carolina. BMWs X5 xDrive 30d is just too polished not to get the nod from us this time round, despite the final scores being almost too close to call.