The VW Touareg has went some substantial updates in 2008 and this sports utility seems to have an amazing package that offers some serious performance and elegant interior design. The luxuriously designed Touareg offers some premium features indoors and out that make it seem like a much more expensive vehicle than it actually is. There is an amazing amount of German off road engineering involved in the latest model to make it stand up to even the toughest standards. The diesel engine offered in the 2010 Touareg offers amazing 406 foot pounds of torque which is more than enough to make this a formidable opponent in an off road test against any challenger.
Offered with a four corner self leveling air suspension system, this VW 4WD vehicle brings a lot of class to the table. High end suspension and adaptive torque distribution make the Touareg a strong performer on the road and in the outback. The VW Touareg starts at $40,850 and this price includes many extras. The 2010 Touareg brings a huge amount of value and durability to this 5 seat sports utility.
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Engines: 3.6L V-6, 3.0L turbodiesel V-6
Models: VR6 FSI, TDI
The Touareg gains standard wood trim and Bluetooth for 2010, but several options are no longer available for the SUV, including the V-8 engine, locking differential, adaptive cruise control, and lane-change assist.
Understated yet brawny, the Touareg looks equally at home on a mountain trail or a suburban roadway. Gaping front air vents and silver-colored roof rails are both sporty and functional, while the Touareg's lines are crisp and taut.
With new standard wood trim for 2010, the Volkswagen still carries a cabin that is nearly on-par with its uptown Audi relative. Clearly marked controls and quality materials make the Touareg's cockpit an ideal place to be.
Performance & Handling
Both the 3.6-liter gas engine and VW's 3.0-liter TDI turbodiesel provide adequate acceleration, and both offer similar performance figures. We'd prefer the diesel version of the two, for its slightly smoother acceleration, improved torque, and greater fuel economy. The six-speed automatic in both versions performs admirably, while the optional air suspension soaks up road imperfections while never feeling disconnected.
Front and side airbags are standard for both driver and front passenger, while side curtain airbags are standard both front and rear. Traction and stability control are both standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
VR6 FSI: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
TDI: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
- Strong engine options, with torquey diesel
- Impressive both off-road and on
- Upscale cabin offers near-Audi quality
- Value-priced for the segment
You Won't Like
- Fewer tech features this model year
- Loss of V-8 option, locking rear differential
- Heavy curb weight doesn't help fuel economy
Value packed, off-road ready
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