For 2014, VW adds a new R-Line trim to the Touareg family, bringing unique interior and exterior features, 20-inch alloy wheels and a sport suspension. A new 360-degree Area View monitor and hands-free, easy-open tailgate are made available on all but the R-Line and Sport trims.
After a full redesign two years ago, the Volkswagen Touareg gets few changes for 2013. Most notable is a bump in horsepower for the TDI engine from 225 to 240. Also there are new LED taillights for the Hybrid, some redesigned wheels and a new shade of wood interior trim.
When introduced to the U.S. for the 2004 model year, the VW Touareg aspired to be a do-everything SUV. In its newest iteration, the Touareg has shed 300+ pounds (which included dumping a lo-range transfer case) and is now tailored for on-road, all-season comfort and composure. Rarely will you find a better balance of virtues in something characterized as an SUV.
Is the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg an affordable luxury SUV, or an expensive mainstream SUV? It depends on your point of view, but no matter what, this big 5-passenger SUV offers a blend of German driving dynamics, off-road capability, and day-to-day utility that's tough to find anywhere else. This year, Volkswagen adds a few styling tweaks, plus driver-assist technologies like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, which are much-needed enhancements in this competitive market. The new tech combines with already proven positives, such as the choice of a gasoline, diesel or hybrid drivetrain, and an all-wheel-drive system that gives the Touareg better-than-expected off-road capability. If you're already considering a $40,000-plus SUV like the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, the VW Touareg is worth a look.