2011 Volkswagen Touareg Review Car Reviews

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FAST FACTS

5. All Touareg models can tow up to 7,700 lbs.

HANDSOME NEW BODYWORK

Like its Cayenne cousin, the latest Touareg is sleeker and more modern in its design. The wide front grille takes its cues from the latest Golf and Jetta, but in a bulkier suit. The standard LED running lights are pretty fresh, moving away from the much-copied Audi streak in the lower air intakes.

Like other modern Vee-Dubs, the Touareg is destined to grown on you. Initial impressions are of a conservative shape, but details like the stylized dual exhaust tips are there to discover.

Inside, there are fewer surprises. Tastefully designed, but less showy than its competitors. The new three-spoke steering wheel is comfortably sized, with steering wheel mounted controls for the audio system and onboard computer.

The gauges are bright and legible, and like most Volkswagens, the ergonomics with major controls are spot-on. Standard power seats are supportive enough, and the rear row really benefits from a big stretch in wheelbase that translates directly into more legroom. That can be further augmented by the standard sliding and reclining rear bench, leaving a truly luxurious interior.

The optional full-length glass moon-roof really brightens the cabin too.

Cargo space is improved, with 32 cu-ft that expands to nearly 71 with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats down. Access is aided by the reasonably low load floor and power hatch.

8-SPEED IMPROVES FUEL ECONOMY

Power comes from the same 3.6-liter narrow-angle VR6 engine as before, boasting 280 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 mph run of 7.4 seconds is assisted by the new eight-speed automatic transmission – shared with the Porsche Cayenne – that works very well at keeping the engine on the boil when needed. And, when not on a charge, delivers half-decent fuel economy for something that weighs over 4,700 lb.

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Even with the standard 4Motion four-wheel drive, the Touareg is rated at 16-mpg in the city and 23-mpg on the highway, which nearly equals the outgoing turbo-diesel. The large 26-gallon fuel tank gives a theoretical range of 600 miles, but will be expensive to fill since the Volkswagen requires premium fuel.

All Touaregs get convenience features like dual climate control, an iPod adapter, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free, heated seats, rain-sensing wipers, a rear-view camera, ABS and stability control, which makes it a true foul-weather friend.

ABOVE ITS CLASS AND PRICED TO MATCH

Those looking for a few more toys have only two real choices: expensive, and even more expensive. Like most German automakers, the Touareg doesn’t have standalone options – just two big packages to choose from. The Lux adds 19-inch wheels, a panoramic power sunroof, heated and power-adjustable side mirrors, walnut interior trim, metallic center console trim, and 12-way power leather seats for $3,850. The top-line Executive trim includes the Lux’ features and adds Audi-esque 20-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, keyless access with push-button start, parking sensors and a rocking Dynaudio sound system for the not insignificant price of $9,550.

Add those to the $44,450 VR6 FSI Sport, and you won’t get much change back from $55K.


BOTH DIESEL AND HYBRID VERSIONS NOW AVAILABLE

Those with more to tow and looking for better mileage would do well to order the V6 TDI, which uses the same 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 with 225 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. It’s only a half-second slower to 60 mph but gets significantly improved fuel efficiency at 19/28-mpg. The price difference of $3,500 isn’t that large a jump, in relative terms, and resale value will probably be stronger.

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Volkswagen Touareg Electric Cars
Volkswagen Touareg Electric Cars

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