Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Edge VS 2016 Volkswagen Touareg Near Cleveland, GA

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2016 Ford Edge

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2016 Volkswagen Touareg

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Touareg doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

To help make backing safer, the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Touareg doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Edge has standard SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Touareg doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Edge and the Touareg have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Edge as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Touareg is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 590-amp battery. The Touareg’s standard 420-amp battery and largest (TDI) 520 amp battery aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 266) than the Touareg’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Edge Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 35 more horsepower (315 vs. 280) and 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 266) than the Touareg’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Volkswagen Touareg:



Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

90.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge AWD V6 gets better highway fuel mileage than the Touareg VR6 (17 city/25 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Touareg doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge stops much shorter than the Touareg:



60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Touareg’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Edge flat and controlled during cornering. The Touareg’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Touareg doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Touareg pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Touareg Sport (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 850 pounds less than the Volkswagen Touareg.

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Touareg doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Touareg doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 10.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Touareg (113.9 vs. 103.6).

The Edge has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Touareg.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Touareg with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 32.1 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Touareg with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 64 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Touareg’s in almost every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)






Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Touareg doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Touareg doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Touareg can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Touareg doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Touareg only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Edge Titanium/Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Touareg doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Edge has standard extendable sun visors. The Touareg doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Touareg has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Edge allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, tagging songs to buy them later, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Touareg doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Touareg doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $890 to $5570 less than the Touareg over a five-year period.

The Edge will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Edge will retain 47.57% to 50.04% of its original price after five years, while the Touareg only retains 36.69% to 50.12%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $16467 to $29649 less than for the Volkswagen Touareg.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Volkswagen Touareg didn't win any award.

The Ford Edge outsold the Volkswagen Touareg by almost seventeen to one during the 2015 model year.

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