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2013 VW Touareg Lux SUV

2013 Volkswagen Touareg Review

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

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
For 2013, the diesel model receives a power hike from 225 hp to 240 hp. There are new eighteen-inch wheels for V-6 and diesel models, and the Hybrid comes with vavona wood interior trim and LED taillights.
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, VW offers two alternatives to the traditional gasoline engine. A turbo-diesel V-6 produces massive torque and respectable fuel-economy ratings of 19/28 mpg city/highway. At 24 mpg, the gas-electric hybrid isn’t nearly as efficient on the highway, but it adds 1 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. The diesel and hybrid powertrains offer the responsiveness and refinement 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, smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and a compliant ride. The Touareg is priced like a luxury SUV without the luxury badge on the hood. If you can get past that, you’ll find the Touareg to be a comfortable, competent SUV with an upscale interior.

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2013 Touareg LUX Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.6L VR6 V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 17 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; 266 ft lb of torque @ 2,500 rpm

'13 VW Lux SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  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 Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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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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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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Limited Slip Differential
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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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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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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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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