2007 Volkswagen Touareg Interior
Reviewers agree that the interior of the five-seater 2007 VW Touareg is comfortable, luxurious, and fits the vehicle's price tag.says, "The Touareg is as well turned out as any luxury SUV on the market. The gauges look like an expensive watch, the burl walnut trim is scrumptious and the leather is soft."
MSN adds, "All controls are easy to see and reach. Climate controls are large, and radio controls are big enough to use without taking more than momentary attention from the road."
Reviewers agree that the Touareg, which can seat five, offers comfort in the front and backseats but that the backseat--and particularly the middle seat--can get cramped. TheAutoMedia.com adds, "seats are harder than the norm for luxury vehicles, but not uncomfortable at all." The Auto Channel points out that the seats "offered little side support, but the Touareg isn't the type of vehicle that you'd use for hard cornering most of the time anyway, so this wasn't a problem."sums up the majority view, saying, "the Touareg is also unexpectedly comfortable. Long rides should be no problem. Although the SUV is small enough to park without difficulty, it's still big enough to have real cargo and passenger room, though the back seats are a little cramped."
Though the Touareg can hold five, only four will be comfortable. The Automobile Magazine says, "there has been no attempt to shoehorn a third-row bench seat into the rear compartment, and all VW product planners should receive medals for their restraint."says the backseat is "not overly roomy, but reasonably comfortable for five." While other SUVs in its class offer third-row seats (which are usually cramped and uncomfortable), the Touareg offers only two rows. Still,
The majority of reviewers are pleased with the standard features offered on the 2007 Volkswagen Touareg. "Every power and convenience feature you could imagine comes standard, with lots of leather and electronic gizmos," says theCars.com says the long list of standards is "the reason for [the Touareg's] substantial starting price." The V6 Touareg comes standard with leatherette seating surfaces, dual-zone climate control, a trip computer, and a single-disc in-dash CD player with MP3 capabilities. The V8 and V10 models come standard with leather seating, a premium 10-speaker stereo, iPod adapter, and a trunk-mounted six-disc CD changer.. That shouldn't come as a surprise, however.
Reviewers did not like the Touareg's CD-based navigation system, in large part because it does not give street names, only pictures. Edmunds calls the system "annoying" because it "occupies your in-dash single-CD player. At least a single CD covers the continental U.S., so you won't have to pay extra for an entire collection. But the nav interface governs all audio functions when it's installed, and rather than employing a touch screen or large directional knob, it uses a fussy collection of ‘soft keys' like at an ATM. Suffice it to say, this is probably an option to skip."
The Touareg offers average cargo space for its class. A Car Place says, "You can easily lay a full-sized suitcase down and have room for another one lengthwise before hitting the hatch; a well-designed shade draws out and hooks in to cover the contents of the hatch very thoroughly, allowing nary a peak." Folding down the rear seats to increase the cargo space is a process most reviewers find frustrating. Rather than simply folding into the floor, or collapsing at the touch of a button, the Touareg's rear seat must be folded in a multi-step process: First the headrests must be removed (and there is no in-car storage space for them), then the seat bottom must be flipped up, and the back of the seat folded down. Consumer Guide sums up the majority view when it call this process a "nuisance." Motor Trend adds that the whole thing "was almost impossible to complete without breaking a serious sweat ... Volkswagen could learn a thing or two from Volvo and Land Rover in this realm."