Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg

About Volkswagen Touareg

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is the German brand's flagship SUV, but its $50,000 starting price makes it as awkward a fit in its segment as its name is to pronounce (try "tour-egg"). Ostensibly this 5-passenger SUV is more luxurious than a Ford Edge or Jeep Grand Cherokee but not quite as fancy as a BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE or even its cousins the Audi Q5 and Q7, and Porsche Cayenne. In reality, we'd recommend just about any competitor over the Touareg. This VW SUV has much going against it beyond a high price and aging platform. The Touareg's brightest aspect -- a strong and efficient diesel engine -- is gone due to VW's emissions-cheating scandal, leaving a tired and overburdened V6 as its only motivation.

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LATEST MODEL
2017 Volkswagen Touareg
What's new for 2017?
2017 Volkswagen Touareg

A year after the hybrid powertrain was put out to pasture, the once-loved diesel option is gone, too, in the wake of VW's scandal. Base models get active safety features and driving aids like active cruise control, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. The mid-trim Wolfsburg model replaces the Lux trim.

  • Expert Rating: 6.9
  • Consumers Rating: 9.2
  • MPG 17|23
2016 Volkswagen Touareg
What's new for 2016?
2016 Volkswagen Touareg

Changes to the 2016 VW Touareg crossover SUV are limited to some added features. Lux and Executive models gain 14-way-power ventilated front seats, while the Executive gains as standard a power tilt wheel and the Driver Assist package. The hybrid model is dropped.

2015 Volkswagen Touareg
What's new for 2015?
2015 Volkswagen Touareg

The 2015 VW Touareg adds a slight revision to the front and rear styling, new taillights, and revised wheel designs. More importantly, it finally gets driver-assist technology like adaptive cruise control, lane assist, collision warning with automatic braking, and blind-spot detection. The sporty R Line is dropped.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg
What's new for 2014?
2014 Volkswagen Touareg

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.

2013 Volkswagen Touareg
What's new for 2013?
2013 Volkswagen Touareg

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.

2012 Volkswagen Touareg
What's new for 2012?
2012 Volkswagen Touareg

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.

2010 Volkswagen Touareg
What's new for 2010?
2010 Volkswagen Touareg

For 2010, the V8 model is dropped from the Touareg's lineup and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is made standard on all trims.

2007 Volkswagen Touareg
What's new for 2007?
2007 Volkswagen Touareg

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.

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Consumer Reviews

good SUV only if

By on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "great for long journys"

Cons: "bad MPG in city driving"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I have 2013 VW Touareg VR6 sport, i bought it as a CPO when it had 32k miles on it and i enjoyed most of the 25k i had on it. the main cons is the MPG at city i can never get more than 14 MPG but on the highway i can get upto 23 MPG which is good concerning the size of the car The combined MPG for the last 10k is 18 MPG with what i think is 70% highways Standard options on the low end also for my trim (the vr6 sport) which is the lowest level almost every new other car now has more features than my car, another cons is the absence of rear view camera especially when also u dont have a rear sensors I also hear some winding noise when AC is on and when i asked the service they said it is normal! the transmission sometimes jerks , service also said it is a car characteristics"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I Like this car because...

By on Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Driving Aids, Panoramic sunroof."

Cons: "Apple Carplay not there"

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

"My Wife and I drove a Tiguan since 2012 and we are keeping it. Also Dad has Jetta since 2011 and Sister has a CC since 2013. Hence my opinion would be a biased one.. But let tell you my story. We were blessed with our first child and we started to feel Tiguan was not enough for us especially with baby gear. So we went Shopping. We tried new Pilot (we did not like how it drove. Was not fun nor quite on Highway) We tried MDX (I did not like how it droves and back 2 seats were only for children). Very roomy though. No panoramic sunroof like our Tiguan. We tried Explorer and we were going to make a deal but my wife insisted on a second test drive. Thank god we did not get it. When accelerating inside town all fumes were sucked by ventilation system and we had open windows. We later checked online and found out it was a common problem with the Explorer. Otherwise the explorer was just perfect for us, space wise and highway drive. Very Very comfortable. It is a shame they could not fix this fume issue. We tried the new Acadia. It drove like a European car and was very quite on highway. Everything we wanted was there (especially carplay) except the second row seat. They were too low for adults. We finally decided to pay few extra thousands to get the Touareg. We realized that 3rd row seating in most of these car is not really practical especially our family members (other than baby) are adults. So we thought these 3 rows we will utilize as 5 seater only. Additionally, the Touareg drove sporty when we wanted and super quite on highway when wanted. baby seem to sleep in car every time we go out. the ACC is simply amazing and makes highway drive very easy. We also have a boat so we wanted an SUV capable of pulling it up to northern Ontario during the summer. My experience with Tiguan 4Motion in the snow was really compelling me to get the Touareg also. When it snows, I got no problem. Additionally, we are happy with VW reliability and driving dynamics with our other cars. Mind you we could have added few more thousands for a BMW or Mercedes but we felt these cars were not meant for everyday grind/abuse."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best Ever

By on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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
10/10

"Anyone looking to buy or lease a vehicle in this class (Mercedes ML, Acura MDX, etc.) should have their head examined if they don't test drive and choose this one. Believe me, I looked at all of them. Japanese, German, American, Swedish, you name it. The Touareg is head and shoulders above the rest. And not unimportantly, VW dealers are trying hard to turn around their image. Touaregs are hard to find...especially if you are partial to color. But they are worth the time to find the right one."

17 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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