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Old August 5th, 2019, 15:28   #1
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If you could compare the two equally, which would you get in the diesel platform & why?


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Old August 5th, 2019, 16:19   #2
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Way more bang for the buck with a Touareg.


The exact same thing my wife & I said during and after my test drive of a Cayenne today.

The Cayenne has 25k less in mileage and is 2 yrs newer but I was a little shocked that the Touareg we test drive yesterday was nearly twice as nice in the drive and noise level......I was really thinking before the test drive that the Cayenne was going to be the same vehicle but with a different skin and some minor changes in the interior.




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Old August 6th, 2019, 00:00   #3
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Since I had only seen pictures of the Cayenne's interior I thought I'd get a little seat time just to see if there is a huge difference between the two or not.

I now know for sure that the Touareg is most definitely in my future.
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Old August 6th, 2019, 03:49   #4
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At one time I was considering the Chevy Equinox TDI. Comparing the Buick equivalent to is, there too there is much more bang for the buck with the Chevy version. You pay quite a bit more for the Buick name, but you don't really gain anything.
Ah, but the Buick is built in China, so there's that... LOL.

The Cayenne with the 6 cylinder engines is not much different than the T'reg, although the TDI did get an extra 10hp and a better more sporty transmission map. The only reason to consider a gas 6 cyl Cayenne over a T'reg is that there were a few available with the proper number of pedals here.

The V8s are Porsche's own engine, however. And there is even a turbo version of that, if you are really in a hurry.
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Old August 6th, 2019, 14:14   #5
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It's all about the Porsche label for many people,which I think is great. I bgt my Touareg because it wasn't a Porsche label. I would get laughed out of the boat ramp with a Porsche Cayenne. Nuf said,my cracker friends in FL are a riot. Never go to the everglades in a Porsche. LOL
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There is a Cayenne TDI near me for sale.
2015 with 42k on the mileage and they're asking $40k.


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Old August 7th, 2019, 05:45   #7
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The T'regs tank in value too. They are hardly a wise investment in that regard. After the Phaeton, they are easily the fastest way to burn money in a Volkswagen.

My friend paid $62k for his, got $4500 trade in. And it was in great shape, and was a pretty high end model.
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The only reason I can see it being advantageous to have a Cayenne diesel over the 2013 and up Touareg is if you find the rare one equipped with air suspension.

The last Touaregs you could get with air suspension in the U.S. were 2010 models before the refresh... and before the 240 horse V6 TDI and 8 speed automatic.

In the U.S., if you want the 240 hp TDI engine, 8 speed auto AND adjustable air ride with the fantastic active dampers on this platform, you can only find it in the Cayenne. And even then, it was a rarely taken option. I've looked, just for reference (and when depreciation eventually hits them hard enough for me to think about buying one) and ones equipped with air ride are very few and far between. They do exist, but are exceedingly rare.

If I didn't care about the air ride, I'd likely just get the Touareg anyway.

I think I'll just keep rocking the early V10 Touareg instead, though. Air, transfer case with low gear, locking center and rear diffs. It has done some light off roading--not enough to actually require the locking diffs yet--and it will get worked into doing more severe trails at some point where those DO get use.
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Old August 9th, 2019, 23:58   #9
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Thank you to all for your input.

Touareg will be the next purchase.
The one reason I kind of asked was because there is very few Touareg's available close by without a road trip of some sorts.

Road trip it is than.....I guess


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The T'regs tank in value too. They are hardly a wise investment in that regard. After the Phaeton, they are easily the fastest way to burn money in a Volkswagen.
My friend paid $62k for his, got $4500 trade in. And it was in great shape, and was a pretty high end model.
The trick (If you want to drive a Touareg) is to let someone else bear the cost of the "tanking" and drive it from that point.
The issue would be the maintenance cost of a more complex vehicle.
At my age I decided that I wanted the comfort and the easier to enter and exit and quieter ride.
I am taking a change on the catastrophic repair bill....

The Touareg is a really nice car!
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I changed the title of the thread a little by adding the Q5 into the mix.

I don't have a Q5 in the TDI anywhere close by to test drive, but I did take a 2016 Q5 for a test drive to see if my BIG butt fits or not. Lol

The Q5 is a much closer comparison to the Touareg.
I didn't mind it at all. It has a tighter turning radius than the Touareg...I realize that Q5 is shorter in wheel base by a few inches but I didn't expect it to turn that much tighter.

So now what do the masses say when comparing the Touareg & the Q5?


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I changed the title of the thread a little by adding the Q5 into the mix.

I don't have a Q5 in the TDI anywhere close by to test drive, but I did take a 2016 Q5 for a test drive to see if my BIG butt fits or not. Lol

The Q5 is a much closer comparison to the Touareg.
I didn't mind it at all. It has a tighter turning radius than the Touareg...I realize that Q5 is shorter in wheel base by a few inches but I didn't expect it to turn that much tighter.

So now what do the masses say when comparing the Touareg & the Q5?


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Q5 is definitely much more geared for on road duty. It's also about 600 lbs lighter than the Touareg (if we're comparing the later 240 horse V6 with the 8 speed auto). The chassis is effectively a tall bodied, lifted A4 wagon. Uses the Audi virtual steering axis suspension up front just like the A4/5/6/7/8 uses. The Porsche Macan is the same as the Q5. Definitely a smaller, more nimble vehicle than the Touareg/Cayenne.

The Q5 with the diesel is surprisingly quick.
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Are you going to be towing? If so how much weight? The Touareg has a much higher tow capacity rating than the Q5 if that is important to you? Rear seating and hatch space will be more cramped in the Q5. Otherwise if you want the more sporty feel the Q5 is probably the way to go.
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Most of the use will be commuting to & from work as well as little getaways...not to mention the longer drives of some vacations.
If there is any towing involved it would be light and not more than 2500 to 2700 lbs.
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Most of the use will be commuting to & from work as well as little getaways...not to mention the longer drives of some vacations.
If there is any towing involved it would be light and not more than 2500 to 2700 lbs.
If you're not going on any trails and don't need the bigger space of the Touareg/Cayenne or extra space the Q7 has, then yeah, the Q5 is a good choice. It is rated to tow more than 5000 lbs.

Should get slightly better fuel economy and will be quite quick.
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