Firstly the question of luxury. The Touareg is certainly a well-equipped and nicely appointed vehicle. From the base model – the Sport – to the flagship Executive model, each level of Touareg comes with a pleasing list of trim coming as standard. The interior is certainly built to a luxury level; a roomy cabin (both front and back) that’s nicely laid out, comfortable upright seating position, and a quality appearance and feel.
VW have worked hard on the Touareg’s sports-like credentials and it has to be said their toil has been successful. The original Touareg was labeled as unwieldy at best, agricultural at worst, however a diet and makeover gave the second generation Touareg a much prettier look and a considerably reduced curb weight. The lightness coupled with VW’s potent VR6 FSI gasoline or V6 TDI diesel engines running through the 4Motion all-wheel drive system allow the Touareg to all but match a Porsche Cayenne’s 0-60mph times.Read more »
As you’d expect of VW’s flagship vehicle, the Touareg TDI Executive is not short on its list of trim. Mated to the 3.6 liter, V6 TDI Clean Diesel engine, 8-speed automatic transmission and VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system, the TDI Executive’s 240hp is more than enough for everyday driving as well as transporting family and plenty of cargo on longer journeys. The executive model makes long journeys a thing of comfort thanks to heated seating all around with leather surfaces, 12-way power adjusting and lumbar supporting front seats, premium Dynaudio sound system, power tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof, and a heated, multi-function steering wheel. Vavona wood interior inlays and wood center console make the interior a pleasant environment, and externally the TDI Executive’s pleasing lines are given a touch of finesse with 20” Pikes Peak alloy wheels.
Middle of the Touareg TDI range but by no means middling in levels of trim as standard. From top (power tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof) to bottom (19” Everest alloy wheels) the TDI Lux is packed with accessories and features. On the inside there is burr walnut interior inlays, a wood center console and Vienna leather seating surfaces. The 12-way power adjustable heated front seats have power lumbar support, the driver’s seat comes with memory, and the rear seats feature an electric release system. Power comes from the V6 TDI Clean Diesel engine, putting out 240hp but managing a frugal 29mpg thanks in part to VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system and 8-speed gearbox that feeds the power to a set of 19” Everest alloy wheels.
As its name implies, the TDI Sport is centered around VW’s V6 TDI Clean Diesel engine. At 3.0 liters it’s smaller than VW’s gas powerplant but still delivers 240hp. However, the biggest difference with the V6 TDI is the fuel economy, which at 29 mpg is considerably better than the gasoline powered models. Is this alone enough to justify the $3,500 increase in price over the regular V6 Sport? Maybe, maybe not, but factor in the environmental issues (and the Touareg range’s prime demographic are families with young children) and opting for a fuel efficient, clean burning diesel engine is a very tempting prospect. Elsewhere the TDI Sport shares an exact specification list as the regular V6 Sport – 8-speed auto transmission, 4Motion all-wheel drive system, bi-xenon high intensity headlights, adaptive front lighting, halogen reflector lens foglights, 18” Karakum alloy wheels and remote operated tailgate with additional closing assist.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Volkswagen Touareg$29,998 | 19,838 mi
2013 Volkswagen Touareg$30,321 | 22,009 mi
2013 Volkswagen Touareg$31,890 | 28,350 mi
2013 Volkswagen Touareg$36,987 | 9,399 mi
2013 Volkswagen Touareg$38,927 | 17,018 mi
2013 Volkswagen Touareg$41,468 | 9,800 mi
2013 Volkswagen Touareg$41,468 | 6,048 mi
2013 Volkswagen Touareg$44,359 | 6,267 mi
2012 VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG$30,149 | 42,617 mi
2012 Volkswagen Touareg$36,855 | 19,769 mi
2012 Volkswagen Touareg$38,995 | 32,125 mi
2011 Volkswagen Touareg$28,888 | 49,929 mi
2011 Volkswagen Touareg$29,998 | 36,126 mi
2010 Volkswagen Touareg$32,988 | 39,008 mi
2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2$18,987 | 64,919 mi
2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2$20,998 | 45,349 mi
2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2$21,988 | 50,907 mi
2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2$22,998 | 42,711 mi
2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2$27,990 | 61,887 mi
2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2$14,995 | 76,886 mi
2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2$15,997 | 72,231 mi
2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2$16,999 | 89,452 mi
2006 Volkswagen Touareg$13,495 | 90,234 mi
2005 Volkswagen Touareg$10,947 | 83,829 mi
2004 Volkswagen Touareg$9,740 | 132,320 mi
2004 Volkswagen Touareg$9,895 | 93,615 mi
2004 Volkswagen Touareg$10,495 | 79,504 mi
2004 Volkswagen Touareg$10,500 | 123,369 mi
Plenty of power and cargo room and the badge will be an attractive lure
All the advantages of a traditional Range Rover but at half the price. Should top most buyers' lists.
Superior safety features and bristling with innovation
More sportscar than SUV, with handling characteristics to suit the dedicated driver