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I'm looking at the q5 and q7 (2013 +) I realize they aren't easy to work on my question is... observing the engine compartment..The q5 seems crammed ..less space to maneuver. as opposed the the q7...which seems to have more room in the engine compartment....Any mechanics want to chime in? Do you prefer one over the other to work on? My last TDI had 404k on it....It needed maintenance to get to that milestone
 

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I drove a Q5 in Miami and felt the 3.0 tdi in it was overpowered for the size of the Q5 versus the Touareg. Maybe I had a bad one it but no wreck history or I would not have driven it. It had 30k miles on it I did a quick few block test drive and took it back . Idling the the Q5 kind of shook sorry I can't help you otherwise. Might want to post on Audi forum also.
 

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I drove a Q5 in Miami and felt the 3.0 tdi in it was overpowered for the size of the Q5 versus the Touareg. Maybe I had a bad one it but no wreck history or I would not have driven it. It had 30k miles on it I did a quick few block test drive and took it back . Idling the the Q5 kind of shook sorry I can't help you otherwise. Might want to post on Audi forum also.
In europe they use the 2.0 TDI (that is in the passat..)The interior on the Q5 is a bit more compact...
 

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Can't coment on the TDI or Q7, but I have a 2015 q5 2.0 Premium Plus with sport interior and a T3 Touareg Exec and I prefer the Touareg for drive/ride quality, interior size and materials, stereo/climate controls and features (ie. 7700 lbs towing, heated steering wheel and rear seat). I was surprised the q5 didn't have a heated wheel.Touareg just feels more upscale, even though most people perceive Audi in general as more upscale. They just have no clue.

The q5 has a lighter feel on road. Definitely easier to change the oil on the q5, but now that I've done two oil changes on the Touareg, it's not too bad. Can be a little messy because the oil tends to splash and it's hard to access the filter. I can do it fairly quick now and much better than spending $150 at the dealer.
 

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I own a SQ5 and Touareg, and the Audi is definitely more crammed and a pain for certain repairs. PCV repair on Touareg is right there on top of engine bay, a few mintues and you're done. Audi...remove throttle body, vent hoses, radiator hoses, super charger, belts, manifold, etc...And considering the age of the Touareg ('05), VW has so much more refinement and extras in the cabin that Audi lacks. But man, the 3.0 TFSI is a beast. Throw a couple upgrades on it and you have one hell of a fast car!
 
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