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2007 Volkswagen Touareg

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2007 Volkswagen Touareg Review

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Volkswagen's first SUV has become an unmitigated success. Savvy consumers have warmed to the idea of getting Porsche technology (the Touareg shares much of its suspension and all-wheel drive components with the Porsche Cayenne) at a Volkswagen price. Combining a luxurious and option-rich interior with one of the most complex and capable four-wheel-drive systems in its class, the five-passenger Touareg continues to broaden its portfolio with a new standard V6 engine and the continuation of the segment's only V10 TDI turbo-diesel engine. Tight emission regulations limit sales to just 45 states, but new low-sulfur diesel makes the V10 TDI much more environmentally friendly. And, with 553 pound-feet of torque on hand, this is the midsize SUV to have if towing is a priority.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're shopping for an SUV that can go off-road with the best of them, yet can still pamper you like a king when planted on paved byways, the Touareg should be at the top of your list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're a regular Volkswagen buyer the window sticker may shock you, and the Touareg does not offer a third-row seat.

What's Significant About This Car?

A new 3.6-liter V6 becomes the standard engine on base models, while the Advanced Frontlight System becomes standard equipment on the V10 TDI. New options this year include a power rear liftgate and keyless access with push-button start.

Driving the Touareg

Driving Impressions The Touareg is equipped with a four-wheel independent steel-spring suspension that produces a firm and controlled ride. The somewhat stiff spring rates and spot-on steering allow you to perform some...

rather high-involvement maneuvers, proving that, even with a tall ride height, an SUV can still be a stable and competent performer.

The Touareg shares its chassis and suspension setup with the Porsche Cayenne, a fact you'll want to point out to your friends while they're trying to digest the Touareg's sub-$40,000 starting price. For those who prefer a less European-style ride, Volkswagen offers an advanced air-suspension system that does an excellent job of damping out road imperfections without sacrificing too much of the Touareg's sporting capabilities.

V10 Turbo Diesel
The Touareg's V10 TDI diesel marks a major milestone in the American car market, reintroducing the diesel engine to the mainstream car-buying public.

Adjustable Center Differential
An adjustable center differential allows drivers to shift the torque load between the front and rear axles.

2007 Volkswagen Touareg Details
2007 Volkswagen Touareg photo Interior

Though it seats only five, the Touareg is intended to compete head-on with such well-established models as the Volvo XC90, Acura MDX and BMW X5. To ensure its success, the Touareg has been outfitted with an interior that upstages even the most expensive of those competitors. Generous amounts of leather, wood trim and stylish chrome trim rings adorn the cockpit, affixed to a thoroughly modern dash and interior that look more Audi than Volkswagen.

Exterior
2007 Volkswagen Touareg photo

The Touareg has combined the familial looks of the Passat and Jetta wagons with a big SUV platform that says, "I'm the real McCoy." Unlike many luxury SUVs, the Touareg's short front and rear overhangs and tall ride-height (evident by the enormous gaps between the tires and wheel arches) speak volumes about where the engineers intended this SUV to be capable to go.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Touareg features a 3.6-liter V6, six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), traction control, electronic stability control, Hill Descent Assist, full-time 4XMotion four-wheel drive, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, tilt-down right side mirror, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlamp control, power glass moonroof, front side-impact and head-curtain airbags, 115-volt outlet in the cargo compartment, heated seats, tilt-wheel with touch controls, trip computer, 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear wiper/washer.

Optional Equipment

Options include a 350-horsepower 4.2-liter V8, a 310-horsepower V10 turbo diesel, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, navigation, leather seating, heated rear seat, 12-way power driver and passenger seats, air suspension, bi-xenon headlamps, Electronic Parking Assistance, 19-inch alloy wheels, the Advanced Frontlight System (standard on the V10), power rear liftgate and an upgraded audio system.

Under the Hood

The standard 3.6-liter V6 is an acceptable engine for the Touareg and a necessity for those who want to get into this vehicle for less than $40,000. The new FSI 4.2-liter V8 is a gem of an engine. Its power and smooth operation rival more expensive V8s from BMW and Land Rover, but its fuel economy is nothing more than modest. If money is no object, the new V10 TDI diesel engine may be your best bet. Its massive torque provides excellent off-the-line acceleration, not to mention towing abilities above and beyond that of the gasoline engine. On the flip side, the V10 TDI will cost you more at the dealership and at the pump, as diesel fuel costs more than gasoline.

3.6-liter V6
276 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/20

4.2-liter V8
350 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
324 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19

5.0-liter V10 Turbo Diesel
310 horsepower @ 3750 rpm
553 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/22

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2007 Volkswagen Touareg Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 294 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • 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."

10 people out of 14 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 . . . ."

5 people out of 8 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!"

6 people out of 7 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."

6 people out of 9 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."

8 people out of 14 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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