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Volkswagen Touareg SUVs

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.

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.

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