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2012 VW Touareg 2 VR6 Sport SUV

2012 Volkswagen Touareg 2 Review

(0 Stars)  Old-school sensibilities in a modern SUV.

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Overview
Compared with more carlike competitors, the Touareg's proportions, packaging, and seating position make it feel more like a brawny SUV from five years ago than a modern crossover. That doesn't mean Volkswagen is ignoring buyers' demands for fuel-efficient vehicles, though. In addition to a hearty 280-hp V-6, the company offers two alternatives to the traditional gasoline engine. A turbo-diesel V-6 produces massive torque and a fuel-economy rating of 19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. The gas-electric hybrid model isn't nearly as efficient on the highway, at 24 mpg, but it does add a single mpg to the city rating. If the hybrid's fuel economy is a bit underwhelming, its power is anything but. The core engine is a supercharged V-6, and when combined with the electric motor, total output is 360 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. Both the diesel and hybrid powertrains offer all the responsiveness and refinement that Americans have come to expect from gasoline engines, and all three engines--even the hybrid--are rated to tow an impressive 7700 pounds. The engines are backed by a quick and smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and a compliant ride. The problem with the Touareg is that it's priced like a luxury SUV without the luxury badge on the hood. You can easily outfit a Touareg to be as expensive as a BMW X5 or an Audi Q7. If you can get past that, you'll find the Touareg to be a comfortable, smooth SUV with an upscale interior.

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2012 Touareg 2 VR6 Sport Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.6L VR6 V six-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 16 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 502 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
26.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 280 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 265 ft lb of torque @ 2,500 rpm

'12 VW VR6 Sport SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Hill Decent Control
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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DVD Entertainment
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Wheel Locks
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