By KBB.com Editors
In a world dominated by SUVs that might look tough, but cower when led over challenging terrain, the 2010 Volkswagen Touareg is a rarity. It offers highly competent on-road driving dynamics, but when the pavement ends the Touareg also proves to be an extremely capable off-roader. Part of the VW Touareg'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 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's five-passenger design flawed in light of the current trend among SUVs to offer seating for seven or more.
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. Whether on or off-road, its excellent chassis can handle anything you throw at it.
While the Touareg'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 has neither a premium badge nor a third row of seats.
For 2010, the V8 model is dropped from the Touareg's lineup and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is made standard on all trims.
Driving Impressions The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg'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 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's 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's clean diesel V6 may be the engine that finally converts American drivers into diesel fans.
The Touareg'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 over the most intimidating terrain.
Step inside the 2010 Volkswagen Touareg 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'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 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
Volkswagen is known for its small cars, but, despite its midsize SUV dimensions, the Touareg 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'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.
The standard equipment list for the VW Touareg 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'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.
There are four main option packages offered for the 2010 Volkswagen Touareg. Highlights for the Lux Package includes leather and wood trim, a heated steering wheel and a 12-way power passenger's seat, while the Lux Limited Package adds 20-inch wheels and body colored sport bumpers. Included in the Technology Package are hard-drive based navigation, single disc CD/DVD/MP3/WMA player, auxiliary audio and USB inputs, Bi-xenon headlamps, keyless entry and start and a rear back-up camera. To get the Dynaudio sound system, one must upgrade to the Premium Technology Package. Other available options include a tow hitch and, on TDI only, a four-corner air suspension.
The base 3.6-liter VR6 engine provides adequate power and helps the VW Touareg achieve its $41,500 starting price, but the new 3.0-liter V6 diesel is the engine of choice – especially for those who need maximum towing power. Not only does the diesel provide swift acceleration, it also delivers better fuel economy. All Touareg's are equipped with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive.
280 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
265 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19
3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel
225 horsepower @ 3500 rpm
406 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1750
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25
By Chloe P. on Thursday, March 05, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,100overall rating 5 of 10rating details
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."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Kathy on Thursday, February 26, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
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."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Dwayne on Saturday, February 21, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, good off road, comfortable ride"
Cons: "Very expensive to maintain, German prices"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"I love driving the car. Very comfortable off road or on highway. Very well appointed. However, shares platform with Porsche Cayenne, taking it well above VW prices for repairs & maintenance. For that reason alone I would never buy another one."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Lovetoteach on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Drives like a dream; fearless in bad weather."
Cons: "mp3 hookup would be nice on my model"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This vehicle drives extremely well and is very comfortable around town or on road trips. It may not have third row seating, but we have a small family and don't need a mini bus. Great leg room for backseat passengers. I absolutely love this vehicle, and we feel very safe in it as well."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By Estela on Tuesday, December 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,300overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price, awesome to drive, hugs the road"
Cons: "Expensive to repair, eats breaks and light bulbs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"This is the best vehicle I have bought so far. It's great in snow, rain and can handle beautiful in the highway. It's 8 years old and a lot of people always assume it's newer...It does go through breaks, gas and light bulbs more often than any of my other cars. I just finished payment for it and of course the warranty has expired and I was just informed that it needs a timing belt replacement. The local VW dealer is asking for $6,999.00 for the repair. I'm waiting to hear back from another VW repair shop (not a dealer) and see how much it would cost through them. I love my car and would hate to get into another car payment so I'm not sure what to do at this point. I might consider buying an Extended warranty (waiting for some quotes). Wish me luck!"
7 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By rooster on Friday, October 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,210overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "driving dynamics- ease of entry and exit- luxuriou"
Cons: "expensive to repair"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"great road manners- plenty of power 3.2 v6 motor-very classy looking and very few around so she is unique and fun to drive"
12 people out of 23 found this review helpful