2014 Volkswagen Touareg Overview

Bob Long
Automotive Editor - May 19, 2014

The VW Touareg's platform was developed in conjunction with the Audi Q5 and Porsche Cayenne, so the level of handling and ride compliance out-classes most competitors. The five-passenger Touareg cabin is well-executed with upscale materials. It doesn't have the intricate detailing or luxury of an Audi interior, but you can see the family connection.

What's New for 2014

Volkswagen adds a new sport R-Line trim bringing unique interior and exterior features to the Touareg, along with 20-inch alloy wheels and a sport suspension. A new 360-degree Area View monitor and hands-free, easy-open tailgate are made available on all trims.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg Glam

Choosing Your Volkswagen Touareg

The Tourareg is offered in wide range of trim levels and models. All are equipped with standard 4Motion all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as standard dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way-power and heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Bluetooth with audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio and power outlets (one 115-volt and four 12-volt).

The first decision for any Touareg buyer is which engine to choose. In addition to a hybrid model, discussed in another article, you can opt for one of two motors, each of which has distinct advantages:

  • The base 3.6 liter V-6 engine has 280 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque with an EPA rating of 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
  • Clean Diesel TDI models feature a 3-liter turbocharged diesel V6 with 240 horsepower and an impressive 406 pound-feet of torque. It delivers 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Then there are trim levels:


Buyers won't feel punished if they opt for the well-equipped base model. Of course, with its pricey MSRP, they shouldn't.

Opt for the 3.6L Sport or the TDI Sport.


The step up to a Lux is expensive, but comes with appealing upgrades like premium navigation, a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels and leather upholstery.

Opt for the 3.6L Lux or the TDI Lux.


The stars of the R-Line are its sport suspension, 20-inch wheels and brushed aluminum trim. Other standard features include a panoramic sunroof, leather seating and heated front seats.

Opt for the 3.6L R-Line or the TDI R-Line.


Available only with the TDI engine, the special-edition X comes with a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery and ebony interior trim.


The top-of-the line Touareg comes with 20-inch wheels, a 360-degree exterior camera system and heated rear seats.

Opt for the 3.6L Executive or the TDI Executive.

CarsDirect Tip

The Touareg can get very expensive for a vehicle with a mainstream Volkswagen badge. As much as we like the diesel engine, we're more likely to recommend a gas-powered Touareg in Sport or Lux trim as the best value.

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