Con: Many consumers have trouble getting rid of the Volkswagen “economy car” image and the thought of paying between $50,000 and $70,000 for a Volkswagen that you don’t see often or hear much about makes the buying decision even more difficult.
- MSRP for Gasoline Engine: Comfortline; $50,975, Highline; 57,175, Execline; $60,975.
- MSRP for Diesel Engine: Comfortline; $55,275, Highline; $61,475; Execline; $65,275
Fuel Economy (city/highway in l/100 km):
3.6 liter gasoline engine: 12.3/8.8
3.0 liter diesel engine; 10.8/6.7
Improvements and changes: There are a few changes to the standard equipment of the Touareg. Automatic door lock and unlock, depending on gear shift position and speed, is now standard on all trim levels. A tow hitch, minus the adaptor, ball mount and ball is standard on all Touaregs. The new easy Open power tailgate is standard on Highline and Execline, but not available on Comfortline. Wheel locks are no longer available on any line. The Sports package is still available on the Comfortline, but Highline and Execline get a new “R” package option instead.
Exterior styling: The similarities in design between the Cayenne and the Touareg cannot be ignored. Volkswagen has made minor changes to the sheet metal, front fascia and grille to put the Volkswagen image on the Touareg. Tail lights, accent crease in the sides all help provide an image of competence, which the Touareg really has.
Inside: Style wise the interior is definitely Volkswagen and very comfortable. Able to seat five in comfort, the Touareg uses trim to top up a pretty plush vehicle. Heated power adjustable leather seats up front are standard, but you need to step up to the Execline to get a heated rear seat.
Cargo/towing/payload capacity: Maximum trailer towing capacity is 3,493 kg (7,700 lb). Maximum payload is 584 kg (1,287 lb). cargo volume behind the rear seat is 909 liters.
Powertrain: The standard engine is a 3.6 liter direct injected V6 that puts out 280 horsepower and 266 ft.lb. of torque. A 3.0 direct injected diesel that puts out 240 horsepower and 406 ft.lb of torque is optional. Both engines utilize an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. 4motion AWD is standard on the Touareg as well.
Safety: Front, front mounted side impact and full length side curtain air bags are standard. Three point lap belts are standard in all five seating positions. Rear door child proof locks and LATCH system of anchoring child seats as well as tire pressure monitoring system is standard. Four wheel disc brakes with ABS, traction control, stability control roll mitigation, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist are standard. Hill decent assist is standard as well.
Comparables: Lexus RX, Acura MDX, Mercedes Benz M-Class, BMW X5, Infiniti QX70, Toyota Highlander, Cadillac SRX.