As the largest model in Volkswagen's lineup, the Touareg SUV offers luxury amenities combined with practical off-road ability. This model also shows off VW's craftsmanship capabilities, vibrant body lines and useful tech-savvy hardware.
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2017 Volkswagen Touareg Overview
What's New for 2017
A new Wolfsburg Edition replaces the previous Lux trim level. A Driver Assistance Package, Auto Hold, and Park Distance Control now are standard on all trim levels. Active-safety features have been added to the Sport with Technology trim level, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-change assist, along with a heatable steering wheel. The Executive model now rolls on 21-inch alloy wheels.
Choosing Your Volkswagen Touareg
With a premium price backed by a comparable level of style, the Touareg has served as Volkswagen’s attempt to become a major player in the luxury SUV market.
The first thing you’re likely to notice when behind the wheel of this SUV is power. The standard 280-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine, developing 280 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, gives this relatively lightweight SUV excellent (7,716-pound) towing capacity. An eight-speed automatic transmission and smooth-acting 4Motion all-wheel drive maintain easy drivability, even after the pavement ends and rough surfaces lie ahead. Fuel economy is hardly frugal, estimated at 17 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway (19 mpg combined).
We've been fans of the performance and economy supplied by the Touareg’s optional diesel engine, but no longer. Volkswagen’s emissions-testing scandal, which erupted during 2015 and remains unsettled as the 2017 season begins, means diesel power is no longer available in the U.S. market.
Cargo space is comparatively modest at 32.1 cubic feet, but a Touareg provides 64 cubic feet with rear seats folded. That should be sizable enough to handle the hauling needs of most buyers.
Three Touareg trim levels are offered:
In the past, we would have recommended the TDI engine for its greater efficiency and torque output. Not anymore, in view of the scandal that erupted when Volkswagen was charged with installing a defeat device on diesel engines, causing their emission-control systems to operate properly only when the car was undergoing testing. On the road, VW diesels were spouting vastly greater emissions than claimed. As a result, the future of diesel for the U.S. market is bleak at best. All Touaregs now have gasoline engines. Best values lie in the lower-end trim levels; the Executive gets pretty pricey.
2017 Volkswagen Touareg Review
Volkswagen's premium crossover, the five-passenger Touareg competes head-to-head with established luxury brands in terms of engineering and refinement, if not prestige.
Pricing and Equipment
The Touareg lineup starts with the Sport with Technology model ($50,405 with destination), which carries popular features like:
- Automatic emergency braking
- Adaptive cruise control
- HD and satellite radio
The Wolfsburg Edition ($53,705) gets a panoramic sunroof, 20-inch wheels, and leather seats with additional adjustments. The Executive ($61,105) features a surround-view camera system and a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system. There are no option packages for the Touareg
Every Touareg comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. VW's 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system is also standard.
- We found the Touareg's handling to be a cut above most vehicles of this size. Steering is precise around curves, and yet relaxed enough for smooth cruising.
- The Touareg's relative athleticism doesn't come at the expense of comfort. Ride quality is fully up to our expectations of a luxury vehicle.
- The Touareg offers 7.9 inches of ground clearance, enough for light off-roading and navigating deep snow.
- We would've appreciated more power when taking the 4,700-pound Touareg up hills and freeway ramps. Acceleration is closer to an everyday crossover than a luxury model.
- The Touareg isn't particularly efficient, delivering an EPA-estimate 19 mpg in combined city and highway driving. There's no hybrid or turbodiesel option anymore to help in that department.
- The Touareg will never be mistaken for an ordinary VW on the inside. Materials and assembly meet the high standards set by the luxury brands.
- High seating positions and plenty of glass make the Touareg ideal for long-distance touring.
- The rear seat folds completely flat at the touch of button on the Wolfsburg and Executive trims.
- The wide center console sometimes interfered with our knee room while driving. Front passengers are likely to have the same complaint.
- The Touareg's infotainment system lacks many of the connectivity features offered by competitors.
- Cargo space tops out at a below-average 64 cubic feet. Even some small crossovers can haul more stuff.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The VW Touareg can tow up to 7,700 pounds. That's the kind of brute capability we only expect to see in truck-based vehicles, let alone a V6-powered crossover.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
The cost of a mid-level Touraeg is at or only slightly below that of the competitors from more established premium brands, like Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
The Bottom Line
The VW Touareg is a highly capable crossover that fills the niche just below the best of the breed, offering conservative styling and some brute towing ability. However, it's starting to show its age, making it difficult to recommend.