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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2015 Volkswagen Touareg OVERVIEW
The flagship of Volkswagen's U.S. lineup, the Touareg offers the same level of quality and luxury as premium-branded midsize crossovers. In fact, the sophisticated VW was developed in conjunction with Audi and Porsche, companies that know a thing or two about satisfying discriminating tastes.
What's New for 2015
The exterior gets a mild restyle featuring xenon headlamps and LED taillamps. Safety technology gets a boost from a newly available Driver Assistance package.
Choosing Your Volkswagen Touareg
The Touareg follows a purposeful design theme inside and out, which should appeal the buyers who want quality without ornamentation. Although it ranks as midsize, the Touareg doesn't offer a third row. Instead, you get a spacious five-passenger interior with a rear seat that slides and reclines. There's 32 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seat, or 64 cubic feet with it folded down.
You can opt for one of two engines:
A 3.6-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque is available at all trim levels.
A turbocharged 3-liter diesel V6 (TDI) that's good for 240 horsepower and a very healthy 406 pound-feet of torque is optional on the Sport and Technology, Lux and Executive.
As expected, the TDI is the more efficient choice, delivering 23-mpg combined, as opposed to 19 mpg with the gas V6. Both engines are matched with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, and enable the Touareg to tow up to 7,700 pounds, as much as some truck-based SUVs. (The hybrid version of the Touareg is covered under a separate review.)
The Touareg is available in four trim levels:
The TDI, efficient as it is, typically adds $3,500 to a Touareg's MSRP. To keep the price reasonable, we recommend picking your priority (engine or trim level) and building out from there.
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