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If a buyer can move beyond this SUV’s moniker (derived from the North African Tuareg tribe) he or she is 90 percent of the way there. Behind the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg’s badging is one of the more compelling packages in today’s 5-door, all-wheel-drive menu. With its rigid body structure, supple suspension, careful assembly and tasteful appointments, VW’s Touareg provides an offering similar to that provided by Porsche’s Cayenne, but in (perhaps) a 911 vs. 911 Turbo context. VW’s package emphasizes competence and (relative) affordability, without diminishing quality or efficiency.
You'll Like This Car If...
If an on-road dynamic is more important than off-road capability, today’s Volkswagen Touareg is one of the better choices in the marketplace. A rigid structure and all-independent suspension provide the composure, while a trio of available drivetrains provides both fun and functionality.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If, in selecting an SUV or crossover, your emphasis is on cubic volume or the ability to clear fallen timber, this isn’t your cup of SUV. For you, there’s a Jeep Grand Cherokee or 4WD Chevy Tahoe. The Touareg takes proper care of passengers and cargo, but not excessive care.
What's New for 2012
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.
With three responsive powertrains connected to Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmissions, all variants of the 2012 Touareg provide a level of driving engagement rare in the SUV/crossover category. Given that the Touareg platform was developed in partnership with Audi and Porsche that shouldn’t come as a surprise, but there’s no evidence of dumbing down the Touareg to reflect its more modest window sticker. We enjoyed the light, more "flickable" feel of the standard 3.6-liter VR6. With the 3.6 as a baseline, the flexibility offered by the diesel, and the "rush" (there’s no other descriptive) of the hybrid are truly addictive. All Touareg variants enjoy communicative steering, a supple (albeit controlled) ride and positive braking response. With the possible exception of Porsche’s Cayenne we can’t remember a more positive driving experience in a vehicle marketed under the SUV descriptive.
PANORAMIC POWER SUNROOF
North Africa’s Tuareg tribesmen must enjoy expansive skies and vistas. Why else would Volkswagen equip their vehicular namesake with a "sky window" allowing roughly triple the amount of light found in more pedestrian sunroofs? The sunroof (standard on both Lux and Executive trims, as well as the Hybrid) provides driver and passengers with an almost fishbowl environment. The light show would be difficult to duplicate in any vehicle save (perhaps) Volkswagen’s Deluxe Microbus or a Greyhound Scenicruiser.
10-YEAR/100,000 MILE POWERTRAIN WARRANTY
Volkswagen has considerable ground to make up in the area of quality, reliability and customer satisfaction. It appears – based on consumer-satisfaction surveys – the company is making significant headway in all three, and nothing injects more confidence into consideration than a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. As Volkswagen’s literature puts it (in the large print), if “something goes wrong with the engine, the transmission or the 4Motion all-wheel drive system, VW has you covered.”
No mud should be slung within the interior environs of the 2012 Touareg. But should you sling it, the V-Tex leatherette (the people’s seating surface) is a cinch to clean – and it’s standard in both Sport and Sport w/Nav trim levels. Opt for the Lux or Executive levels, and the interior furnishings are covered in "Vienna" leather and walnut, with metallic trim surrounds. Regardless of the trim package you opt for, the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg is a viable mix of credible comfort, expansive visibility and upscale appointment. The front seats are supportive, and the rear bench splits 40/20/40.
In a process Volkswagen describes as “redesign, re-engineer (and) re-imagine,” the 2012 VW Touareg sheds both substantive weight and visual heft. The end result is sheet metal that appears both trim and urbane. The current Touareg occupies a footprint that is both (slightly) wider and longer when compared to its first-generation. The end result tilts toward the station "wagen" end of the SUV/crossover spectrum, embodying both established VW design cues and a healthy dose of athleticism.
Notable Standard Equipment
All 2012 Touaregs feature VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. With a center-mounted Torsen limited-slip differential, the power to the front/rear wheels is split 40/60, providing both optimal stability and enhanced handling. On a series of rain-dampened roadways in Northern California, we found the Touareg both planted and nimble. And given its global mission, we’d give a nod to dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power heated front seats and SiriusXM satellite radio.
Notable Optional Equipment
Performance enthusiasts can enjoy the 2012 VW Touareg in one of three ways. And while the standard 3.6-liter DOHC VR6 is entertaining, those wishing to combine their fun with efficiency can embrace either the 3.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel or supercharged hybrid. The diesel delivers 225 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, along with a combined EPA estimate of 22 miles per gallon. The hybrid, introduced in 2011, is one part Audi (3.0-liter V6) and one part Prius, providing a combined 380 horsepower, 425 lb-ft of torque and an EPA estimate of 21 miles per gallon. With prodigious torque, both the diesel and hybrid Touaregs provide a grin in stop-and-go driving that, frankly, never stops.
Under the Hood
The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg’s underlying proposition is to provide a sense of balance in environments rarely offering it. Those vehicles intended for urban duties often fall woefully short when venturing out onto the open road, while family cruisers often seem clumsy when running the in-town errands. VW’s Touareg, in any of its three drivetrain configurations, can take on whatever the daily grind – or annual road trip – is prepared to dish out, and does it in a relaxed, confident and (surprisingly) efficient manner.
280 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
265 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23
3.0-liter turbodiesel V6
225 horsepower @ 3,500-4,000 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-2,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28
3.0-liter supercharged V6 + electric motor
380 horsepower (combined) @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
425 lb-ft of torque (combined) @ 3,000-5,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/24
With a well-equipped base price of under $45,000, the 2012 Touareg is fully appropriate to VW’s increased emphasis on value. Notably, the TDI Clean Diesel requires but a $3,500 surcharge. Climb up the option ladder, however, and you can quickly move from VW’s humble origins to BMW and Mercedes-Benz zip codes. In mid-level lux form, the standard V6 Touareg is closer to $50K, while the fully-laden Hybrid is over $60K. Of course, one can spend well over $80K for mid-sized SUVs from BMW (X5) or Stuttgart (M-B M-Class), but those higher prices are supported by elevated resale levels. To its credit, the Touareg TDI is projected to fully hold its own from a resale standpoint, while Touareg’s gas V6 and hybrid models are a few percentage points below the segment average over three to four years.
Volkswagen Touareg Consumer Reviews
D in Duluth
June 16, 2018
Beast, tows the camper with ease.
I really dig this vehicle. Tows great, handling is amazing! All in all for the price, really great craftmanship in the exterior and...
November 01, 2017
Great vehicle. 32 mpg why at 80 mph, 22 mpg city. 8 sod auto is seamless and TDI has over 400 lbs TQ. It moves and handles very well. ...
August 01, 2017
an amazing vehicle
Have owned a 2012 Touareg Lux for 5 years and I can only say this is an amazing SUV with lots of power and quite fuel efficient on...
November 22, 2016
I Like this car because...
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...
September 16, 2016
2016 VW Touareg TDI
Outstanding Vehicle, excellent fit and finish. rides like a dream with excellent mpg. it has built in integrity. My only concern now is...
April 25, 2016
My favorite of the trio
My family loves the VW brand and out of my 3 VW cars (Routan Minivan, Golf Wagon, Touareg SUV), the Touareg is by far my favorite. Its...
April 12, 2016
Best SUV ever
The best SUV ever, best mileage 28 avg, super silent inside, power engine never suffers when climbing, soft driving, very good and easy...
January 15, 2016
Elephant on roller skates
This is one of Germany's finest suv. I had it for 3 years, it's a joy to drive. Driving this elephant on roller skate all over central...
January 02, 2016
2011 VW TOUAREG The best Vehicle Design TDI
I have not had any problems with my 2011 VW Touareg. In fact this is the finest and best engineered car/truck/rig out there. After...
July 21, 2015
This is my six VW and by far is the BEST. TDI is the way to go,,, you can get 40 miles on hwy if you are under 65 miles...with no ac....