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in Luxury Midsize SUVs

MSRP: $44,705 - $66,995
Invoice: $42,515 - $63,713
MPG: 17 City / 23 Hwy
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Volkswagen Touareg Review

The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg ranks 12 out of 17 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Volkswagen Touareg, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg has a pleasant cabin and composed handling, but some rivals offer better performance for about the same price, reviewers say.

The 2015 Touareg is powered by a V6 engine that reviewers say produces fairly quick acceleration. However, test drivers prefer the available turbodiesel V6 engine, which they agree puts out ample power, has brisk acceleration and earns better fuel economy estimates. A Touareg Hybrid with a supercharged V6 engine and an electric motor is also available. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that automotive writers say delivers quick, smooth shifts. The VW Touareg earns an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway, which is less that what most rivals earn. Test drivers praise the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg for its composed handling around turns. They note that the Touareg feels sturdy and smooth over road imperfections. Still, a few test drivers note that the Touareg’s handling isn’t as sporty as that of competitors like the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. Automotive journalists like the Touareg’s sharp steering and responsive brakes.

The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg has an upscale cabin that’s made with high-quality materials including chrome and wood accents, according to auto journalists. They like that Volkswagen Touareg has spacious, supportive seats in both rows. However, some say the optional panoramic sunroof reduces headroom. A few test drivers note that the VW Touareg has a quiet cabin, and they appreciate its reclining and sliding second row. Standard equipment in the 2015 Touareg includes dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, an iPod interface and Bluetooth. Available features include an Area View 360-degree camera system, push-button start, lane departure warning, an 8-inch touch screen with navigation, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof and a 10-speaker Dynaudio stereo system. Test drivers agree that the Touareg’s dashboard controls are large and easy to use. Still, a few note that the optional navigation system absorbs audio functions, making them complicated. The Touareg has 64 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded, which is below average for the class. However, some reviewers are pleased with the Touareg’s amount of cargo space. A few point out that, unlike many rivals, the VW Touareg doesn’t have a folding third row of seats.

  • "Jeep sells almost twice as many Grand Cherokees in any given month as VW sold Touaregs all last year, and VW's mild update doesn't offer any compelling argument to drastically move the scales, but it should keep this appealing SUV on shopping lists for a few more years." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Touareg is still a competitive play in its midsize utility vehicle segment; helped out by the attention that this refresh will garner. While it isn't cheap, starting at $44,705 and moving quickly up to $66,995 for the range-topping hybrid (all with $920 due for delivery and destination), neither are most of the players in this quasi-luxury zone. What's more, I think the Touareg's subtle combination of driver involvement and practicality give it a tiny edge on other, similar vehicles - at least where enthusiasts are concerned." -- Autoblog
  • "Unlike most other Volkswagen models, which have become less expensive and somewhat less sophisticated in order to gain mass-market appeal, the Touareg midsize SUV is a genuine luxury vehicle. Based on the same platform as the Porsche Cayenne, the Touareg isn't cheap but offers buyers an impressive array of attributes: a comfortable and sumptuous and interior, excellent towing abilities and good fuel economy, especially with the optional diesel hybrid powertrains." -- Left Lane News
  • "If you can get past the high price tag, you'll find the Touareg to be a comfortable, competent SUV with an upscale interior." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Infiniti QX60 is one of the few SUVs in its class with a third row that reviewers say has plenty of room for adults and is easy to climb into. The QX60 also earns great fuel economy estimates for the class, and test drivers like its smooth ride.

Automotive writers agree that the Lexus RX 350 has one of the most comfortable rides in the class thanks to its soft suspension. They also like its roomy back seats and high-quality interior materials. The RX 350 also has lots of cargo space for the class.

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Details: 2015 Volkswagen Touareg

The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg seats five and has standard all-wheel drive. A 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. Diesel models come with a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine, and hybrid models have a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and an electric motor. The VW Touareg comes in four trims: Sport (gas-engine only), Sport with Technology, Lux and Executive. The Touareg was last redesigned in 2011, and since it sees no major changes for 2015, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 to 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 1/30/15

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