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2008 Volkswagen Touareg Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg was new.

Our analysis shows that the interior of the five-seat 2008 VW Touareg2 is comfortable, luxurious, and fits the vehicle's price tag. The Los Angeles Times 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."

Seating

Reviewers agree that the Touareg2 offers comfort in the front and backseats but that the backseat--and particularly the middle seat--can get cramped. The Boston Herald sums up the majority view, saying, "[T]he 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." AutoMedia.com adds, "[S]eats 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."

Though the Touareg2 can hold five, only four will be comfortable. The Nashville Tennessean 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, 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."

Interior Features

The majority of reviewers are pleased with the standard features offered on the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg2. "Every power and convenience feature you could imagine comes standard, with lots of leather and electronic gizmos," says the Arizona Republic. That shouldn't come as a surprise, however. Cars.com says the long list of standard features is "the reason for [the Touareg's] substantial starting price." The V6 Touareg2 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.

Cargo

The Touareg2 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 Touareg2'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."

Review Last Updated: 2/18/09

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