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Volkswagen
Touareg
2016
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Sean Shank
Contributing Writer - November 4, 2015

Expert Rating

4.5 (Excellent)
MPG
19 City / 26 Highway

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2016 Volkswagen Touareg OVERVIEW

The largest offering in VW's line-up, the 2016 Touareg offers luxury combined with off-road ability -- flexing VW's craftsmanship muscles with great lines, tons of amenities and tech-savvy hardware.

What's New for 2016

After a more significant revamp last year, the Touareg enters 2016 with some minor interior changes.

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Choosing Your Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg Interior

With a premium price backed by the same level of style, the 2016 Touareg is VW’s attempt to throw its hat into the luxury SUV market.

The first thing you’ll notice when you get behind the wheel of this SUV is the power it offers. The standard 280-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 gives the relatively lightweight SUV an excellent 7,716-pound towing capacity, and the smooth 4Motion all-wheel drive system maintains easy drivability.

We're fans of performance and economy from the optional diesel engine, but as we go to press there may be some issues with the availability of the TDI. Although the Touareg's 3-liter diesel engine was not involved in the initial stages of Volkswagen's emissions scandal, Californian and Federal authorities have added it to their naughty list. Check with a dealer to determine availability.

Cargo space is modest but still provides 64 cubic feet with rear seats folded -- it should be plenty of room to handle the hauling needs of most buyers. The amenities on this vehicle are numerous depending on what trim package you select. With the V6 Sport (order only) you get the 4MOTION all-wheel drive, sharp bi-xenon headlights, and a touchscreen sound system. The V6 w/Technology offers rearview camera, touchscreen navigation, and a hands-free liftgate. The top trim package, the V6 Lux, includes panoramic sunroof, park distance control, and premium leather upholstery.

CarsDirect Tip

We'd normally recommend the TDI for its greater efficiency and torque. With an uncertain future in the United States, however, it's probably wise to stick to a gas-powered Touareg. You'll probably find the best value in the lower-end trim levels -- at the top of the range prices become competitive with premium brands.

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