Review 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2011 Volkswagen TDI

The Touareg TDI is not your father’s I know, because I unfortunately my father’s 85HP, 1983 Cierra diesel when I was a Since my dad was a glutton for punishment, was not his first unreliable GM diesel; we had a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass with the infamous diesel V8. about 30,000 miles, our diesels smoked like a 60 old hooker. Since potential diesel shoppers seem to into the 30-60 year old this is still the image diesel brings to mind for not the reliable but low-volume European from the 70s and 80s.

If sales are any indication however, BMW Mercedes and VW been changing the tide of opinion.

VW has been trying to overcome perceptions of diesels for time with varying The old V10 TDI in the previous Touareg proved a diesel could be fast and the previous generation Jetta TDI diesels can be terribly slow but efficient. The new Touareg TDI is VW’s attempt to prove that 90% of could live with a every day.

At 225HP, and of twist they might be on to something. For reference this torque than the 380HP hybrid Touareg we tested in SUV making it the “torquiest” Touareg on shores. (European buyers are to spec a 4.2L V8 which the torque award by a hair.)

The Touareg receives the same quality interior as the Touareg we recently reviewed. Dash are suitably squishy, panels are with Germanic precision and if it for the two-letter logo on the steering you’d think you were a modern Audi. American are unable to buy a Touareg on these with VW’s “Driver Pack” which in the Euro-zone radar cruise control and a spot warning system.

This omission seems to the obviously high-class interior and hefty price tag.

of pricing, our Touareg TDI came the $9,950 “Executive package” our tester to $57,500 from the sticker worn by base TDI While this may seem a tad the 2011 Touareg TDI is a far cry in pricing the last oil-burning SUV VW sold on shores. One of the ways VW has accomplished price reduction is by discontenting and options together into The base model is fairly featured as it stands; the $3,850 package adds 19-inch panoramic sunroof, walnut leather seats with adjustable driver’s sear and rear seat releases. up to the “Executive package” we tested the buyer 20-inch rubber, steering wheel, heated seats, keyless entry go, sensors and the up-level Dynaudio system.

All Touareg TDI models of package have the easy-to-use VW RNS 850 system with iPod/USB Bluetooth and Sirius satellite

VW’s latest Navigation a bright, high resolution color touch-screen display is easy to read even in sunlight. The latest version of navigation software continues to be in contrast to Mercedes’ COMMAND BMW’s iDrive and even own Audi brand’s MMI. The layouts are logical and easy to the 3D mapping is on par with most as well. I would prefer a system to be mounted higher on the thereby increasing the ease of use lowering distraction) while Compared to BMW’s latest however the VW system seems polished.

One of the oddities that turned something of an annoyance during our was the traffic notification system. great that the Touareg’s system receives traffic however unlike most systems VW chose not to overlay the map colored lined to indicate speeds on major highways.

The TDI uses the same engine as its cousin the Audi Q7. First in 2004, this 3.0 liter, DOHC powerplant is well in Europe and found under the of vehicles such as the Phaeton, A8, and Porsche Cayenne. With brands using this refinement is the name of the game. I was unable to test cold-winter since I live in sunny morning temperatures were 31 degrees the week the TDI slept in my Unlike diesels we all remember the TDI just like a gasoline

On cold mornings I did notice a hint of vibration and clatter the engine first started, but a few seconds the engine quiets to a purr smoother than I a diesel was capable of.

Out on the road the and prodigious torque are more adequate to get the Touareg moving on a freeway onramps. Our own 0-60 executed in 6.97 seconds is fairly close to what publications have recorded and faster than VW’s own claims. I can only conclude VW doesn’t want to show up the Cayenne which is advertised at [an 7.1 seconds to 60 with a professional and a manual and 7.4 seconds to 60 for slushbox

Even if Porsche has underrated the performance of the Cayenne, these are impressive numbers for an SUV that the scales at 4,974lbs as tested. lag is minimal for a diesel, that is to say it me of driving a 1980s turbo the lag is there but it can be a pleasant companion. the biggest reason the 3.0L V6 is so is the new 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The ZF employs close ratios to keep the engine in its relatively power band (compared to a gasoline engine). The resulting seems well suited to the engine while the same in the hybrid left me occasionally what was wrong with the

Off road, the TDI is (as one would expect), an companion having well gear ratios and abundant at low speeds for crawling up steep The problem of course with the as a true off-road vehicle is the demographic in the USA: buyers of the go-anywhere SUV thought “anywhere” suburban outlet stores of the downtown mall. Because of lack of demand and a desire to weight and costs down, all the fun off bits aren’t sold in the Not only did VW decide to keep the capable 4xMotion 4WD system low range a Euro-only option, but the suspension remains off-limits for Shoppers. US buyers are also to a fairly ridiculous looking spare tire.

Still, the factory ground of 7.9-inches and full-time AWD 4Motion are more than adequate for a journey on the Rubicon Trail.

the demise of the old Explorer, and the death of all GMT360 variants, most SUVs sold in the US no longer the RWD based drivetrains that moderate towing capacities 7,000lbs. If you are searching for a vehicle is suitable for commuting on weekdays and your Eddie Bauer or horse trailer with two on weekends, a mid-size diesel SUV plenty of economic sense. The Touareg is rated to tow a segment 7,700lbs which is nothing to at.

In comparison: the Mercedes ML350 is rated at 7,200lbs and the BMW X5 xDrive35d is at 6,500lbs.

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If American metal is your thing, the Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Durango can tow almost as much (7,400lbs) but be equipped with the thirsty V8 to do so. Rounding out the tow-capable SUVs, are the V8 Pathfinder (7,000lbs) and Lexus (6,500lbs). Our tester was not equipped a class three hitch, but my VW dealer as kind enough to me a Touareg TDI properly equipped for mountain towing fun.

4,000lbs of bricks in a 2,100lb proved no problem for the Touareg’s of torque. Again making the the livable to tow is the 8-speed ZF automatic. who has tried towing a heavy uphill with an old Dodge Ram the old Cummins engine and 4-speed knows the pain of finally the power band only to the transmission upshift and leave you at square one.

Of course any of the we mentioned will tow a trailer well, but the Touareg TDI’s is fuel economy. While the new is average for the pack with EPA of 14/20, the Touareg boasts an EPA of 19/29 which is a touch than the BMW and Mercedes diesel SUV During out week with the we averaged 27.7MPG in mixed on the first tank, an impressive on a 160-mile road trip, and while towing two-tons of

Compared to the base V6 Touareg, represents a 24% increase in observed economy for a $3,000 premium. Out on the left coast, the cost of to fuel your base averaged $4.41 on 4/18/2011 and was $4.48 (according to the CA Energy making the break-even point around 75,000 miles on your driving style.

As our week with the Touareg to a close I realized that it had visited the diesel pump during the week for an expensive fill-up eking 610 miles out of the tank. VW has managed to create GM failed to with the Tahoe An SUV that delivers good with or without a trailer that has a bit of off-road cred in (just in case). That said, the high cost of and the relative uncertainty of what is still a niche market in should be a concern for shoppers.

Still, if the era of high-fuel prices out to be our permanent future, VW’s TDI SUV a compelling alternative. If you’re for a Touareg, just walk past that base V6 on the floor and give the TDI a try.

provided the test vehicle, and a tank of diesel.

Performance as tested:

0-30: 2.2 seconds


6.97 seconds

Average 27.7MPG (observed:30.5MPG Highway)

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