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2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2

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2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2 Review

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In a world dominated by SUVs that might look tough, but cower when led over challenging terrain, the 2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2 is a rarity. It offers highly competent on-road driving dynamics, but when the pavement ends the Touareg 2 also proves to be an extremely capable off-roader. Part of the VW Touareg 2's appeal lies in the fact that its underpinnings are shared with the much more expensive Porsche Cayenne. For those willing to forgo the exclusivity of the Porsche nameplate, the Touareg 2 represents an opportunity to enjoy a similar driving experience at a lower price point. Despite its luxuriously-appointed cabin, however, many buyers will find the Touareg 2's five-passenger design flawed in light of the current trend among SUVs to offer seating for seven or more.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want the capabilities of an SUV and the handling dynamics of a sport-sedan combined into one vehicle, we think you'll like the VW Touareg 2. Whether on or off-road, its excellent chassis can handle anything you throw at it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the Touareg 2's well-rounded character is a big part of its appeal, and few of its competitors are as capable off-road, there are both softer and sportier options in its price range. Also, even a fully loaded, $60,000+ Touareg 2 has neither a premium badge nor a third row of seats.

What's New for 2009

A V6 TDI diesel joins the Touareg 2's lineup, offering V8-like torque with class-leading fuel economy. The V10 TDI diesel has been discontinued.

Driving the Touareg 2

Driving Impressions The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2's on-road manners lean towards the sporting side of things, owing its firm, stable road feel to the suspension it shares with the Porsche Cayenne. The...

optional four-corner air-suspension helps smooth out the taut ride and adds more than three inches of ground clearance when adjusted to the highest level. Though few owners will ever take a Touareg 2 off-road, those who do are likely to be amazed by its abilities, as a standard locking center differential and Hill Descent Assist make crawling up and down the steepest of trails a remarkably uneventful experience. Hard-core off-roaders will also appreciate the Touareg 2's optional locking rear differential, its ability to ford 22-inch deep water and the anti-lock braking system tuned to shorten braking distances on loose surfaces.

V6 Turbo Diesel
Volkswagen has long been a leader in bringing diesel engines to the American car buyer. With huge amounts of torque and a high level of refinement, the Touareg 2's clean diesel V6 may be the engine that finally converts American drivers into diesel fans.

4XMotion
The Touareg 2's standard 4XMotion four-wheel-drive system delivers the goods for bold and brave off-road enthusiasts. A low-range gear, adaptive torque distribution and locking center differential help take the Touareg 2 over the most intimidating terrain.

2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2 Details
Interior

Step inside the 2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2 and you are treated to a richly-appointed cabin of leather, wood and chrome trim. Based on its quality of materials and level of comfort, the Touareg 2's interior easily rivals the best in the luxury SUV class. Where it can't compete, however, is in seating capacity. Many SUVs now offer a third row of seats, increasing occupant capacity to seven, but the Touareg 2 remains a two-row SUV, thus limiting the number of seats to five. Luggage space, on the other hand, is quite good, thanks to a large, useful, squared-off rear cargo area.

Exterior
2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2 photo

Volkswagen is known for its small cars, but, despite its mid-size SUV dimensions, the Touareg 2 looks every bit a member of the VW family, with integrated wrap-around headlamps and a large chrome grille that echoes the look of the Volkswagen Passat. The Touareg 2's tall, wide stance gives the impression that it's ready to take on the toughest trails, as do short front and rear overhangs that also help improve approach and departure angles.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The standard equipment list for the VW Touareg 2 includes features designed to enhance its on and off-road abilities, including anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control, stability control, Hill Descent Assist and 4XMotion four-wheel drive. Among the standard comfort and convenience features are dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights, 12-way power driver's seat, heated seats, sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels. Enhancing the safety of all Touareg 2's are front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, a sensor that can activate the airbags in the event of a rollover and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

Optional Equipment

There are four option packages offered for the 2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2. The Lux Package is available only for the VR6 model and includes leather and wood trim, a 12-way power passenger's seat and Bi-xenon headlamps. The Lux Plus Package adds keyless entry and engine start and a Dynaudio audio system. Included in the Technology Package are DVD-based navigation, a six-disc CD changer with auxiliary audio input and a rear back-up camera, while the Safety Package adds Lane Change Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and a multi-function color display. Other available options include a locking rear differential, tow hitch and four-corner air suspension.

Under the Hood

The base 3.6-liter VR6 engine provides adequate power and helps the VW Touareg 2 achieve its $40,000 starting price, but the mid-level 4.2-liter V8 proves much more desirable and delivers the level of power and refinement one might expect from BMW or Land Rover. At the top of the Touareg 2's list of engine choices is a new 3.0-liter V6 diesel that not only provides swift acceleration but also delivers the best fuel economy. All Touareg 2's are equipped with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive.

3.6-liter V6
280 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
265 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20

4.2-liter V8
350 horsepower @ 6700 rpm
324 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18

3.0-liter V6 Turbo Diesel
221 horsepower @ N/A
407 lb.-ft. of torque @ N/A
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

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2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 294 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    7.8/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Love the car - just to complicated

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,500

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Is fun to drive and comfortable"

Cons: "High-priced mechanical repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have owned my Touareg for 3 years, We have had a major transmission rebuild ( which was covered under our extended-warranty ) and major engine work, which was not. I like the size and weight of the car - but it is tough on brakes and tires. The car is over-engineered- meaning simple problems are big problems in a Touareg. Small things break ( for example my parking brake handle ) and I have changed more tail lights and headlights in this car than in any of my three other SUV's combined. It is definitely a high-maintenance vehicle. My advice is to buy and keep an extended warranty on this car."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Absolutely Amazing Driving Experience

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, very stylish and versatile"

Cons: "Not wonderful fuel economy in city driving"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"For 11 years prior to buying my Touareg, I drove new Audi A6's. The sport sedan qualities of the Audi A6 bi-turbo are well known and are second to none. Eventually, I realized I needed/wanted an off-road capable vehicle, but still wanted the luxury and road handling prowess that I was accustomed to with the Audi. And boy did I ever find it in spads with the VW Touareg 3.0 TDI. Good grief! This SUV is everything I ever hoped for in an SUV and more. Premium luxury features, superb fit and finish and a solid build and a slot-car like driving character. The Touareg TDI is brimming with torque and personality! So far, the most expensive repair I've had was a replacement HID headlight for $240.00. The Touareg has never failed or left me stranded. Other items have been burned-out turn signal bulb and turning lamp bulb. That's it! I have driven my Touareg coast-to-coast and the highway experience was nothing shy of perfect! Quiet, stable, great visibility and excellent fuel economy. Hit 27 MPG on several stretches of Interstate on cruise control. The standard audio system is quite good and the entertainment center that comes with the Tech package is excellent. 10 gigs of memory for music. 12-way adjustable and comfortable seats make for long days on the road in comfort. The downside to this vehicle is its poor fuel economy in congested city driving. But oh well . . . ."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great, safe, fun and comfortable car.

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very safe, easy to park, comfortable and fun"

Cons: "Expensive, premium gas, poor backseat design"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I replaced my beloved 2001 Lexus RX 300 3 years ago after a scary accident driving in the mountains in Colorado, and chose the Touareg because it felt like the heaviest, safest vehicle I could purchase in the mid size SUV range. (I test drove 14 mid size SUVs.) After owning and operating the thing for 3 years, I have almost no complaints. It feels safe in even the worst snow conditions and it off roads like a Jeep. It has luxurious features that I cannot live without, like heated seats and heated side mirrors, a backup camera and comfortable leather. It’s surprisingly compact for an SUV but doesn’t compromise cargo space. My main cons for the vehicle are the overall cost of ownership and the way the back seats fold down. The car requires premium fuel, and somehow manages to boast a 26 gallon fuel tank, so filling up every 10 days or so can be very costly. Additionally, everything about the car is beefy and quality, so replacing the brake pads, for example, requires replacing a few other parts as well that brings the total to over $1000. I also have to take it to a specialty shop for things like oil changes, since it’s a VW and a complex one at that. Lastly, and probably my biggest complaint, are some of the weird seat features of the passenger and back seats. Notably, the passenger seat features a fully manual set up, which is an odd contrast to the highly digital adjustments of the driver seat. I also really dislike the way the backseats fold down, which is important because my car doubles as a portable garage to haul my bike, skis and camping gear around. To fold down the seats, you have to first remove the headrests, then lift up the bottom seat, then fold down the back of the seat. To add insult to injury, the middle seatbelt in the back has a locking mechanism that gets stuck, and requires a trip to a shop to unbolt the bottom of the seatbelt hydraulically, pull the seat up, and then rebolt it. After two visits to fix this, I just left the middle back seatbelt unbolted permanently. Overall, if my biggest complaint is the back seat, I think this car is pretty darn perfect. And safe and fun and functional to boot!"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Friday, April 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great in snow dependable"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The only reason I am selling this car is because my husband died and I cannot afford the payments on my own. This car has been great no major issues with it and is in very good condition."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Love/Hate Relationship

By on Thursday, March 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,100

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beautiful inside and out"

Cons: "Way too many expensive electrical issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I don't know quite where to begin. I purchased my used, 2004 V8 AWD Touareg in November 2014. She is luxurious, comfortable, and sexy in every way but sure is darn deceiving. After three days of bliss, I started experiencing issue upon issue with my used Touareg. Upwards of $5,000 worth of pesky electrical work needs repairs, and today I had to watch my baby get hauled away on a tow truck to the shop because my key fabs stopped working and car won't start. She is beautiful and I love Blair (yes, she has a name), but I am frustrated with the endless issues that continue to arise. It may have been because of a bad dealer who didn't perform the 100,000 service check like they said they did. I'm hoping after these problems are fixed that it will be smooth sailing but I'm skeptical. I would not recommend buying a used Touareg."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Most comfortable, smooth and reliable ever

By on Thursday, February 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "LOVE the way she corners, even at high speeds."

Cons: "Navigation is not good"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I LOVE my Touareg 2! I have never once had any kind of issue with it. I have a very bad back and the comfort of the vehicle is A+, I can ride in her for hours. She is a beauty to look at and the body style is very stylish. There is plenty of leg-room for four and the tailgate is a breeze. I take very good care of her because I wish to keep her for years and she wants to look as good as she drives. My only complaint would be the navigation system, it's not user friendly, in fact I hope that VW has upgraded that."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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