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in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $19,628 - $25,490
Original MSRP: $40,850 - $44,350
MPG: 14 City / 19 Hwy
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2010 Volkswagen Touareg Interior

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The 2010 VW Touareg’s cabin is spacious and includes high-quality materials, but to most reviewers, Volkswagen's decision to abstain from offering third-row seat is a glaring omission.

  • "Interior appointments are a cut above as well, rivaling costlier German competitors in materials quality and craftsmanship. The only real difference between the Touareg's cabin and, say, the BMW X5's is the big VW badge on the steering wheel. You just have to wrap your head around the fact that the ‘people's car’ company now makes full-blown luxury vehicles." -- Edmunds
  • "Step inside the 2010 Volkswagen Touareg and you are treated to a richly-appointed cabin of leather, wood and chrome trim. Based on its quality of materials and level of comfort, the Touareg's interior easily rivals the best in the luxury SUV class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Touareg 2 matches any luxury SUV for quality of interior materials. Several test models, though, suffered from an assortment of interior rattles." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

Reviewers find the Touareg's seating comfortable, though one or two reviewers complain about headroom in the rear. Several reviewers also harp on the absence of a third-row seat. If you need one, check out the Acura MDX. It comes with seating for seven along with standard all-wheel drive and even better fuel economy.

The Touareg comes standard with V-Tex leatherette seat trim, heated front seats, and a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

  • "While many other midsize or large SUVs offer a third-row seat, the Touareg makes do without one, limiting passenger capacity to only five. However, the second row is roomy enough, with a higher cushion than you'll find in the X5." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Where it can't compete, however, is in seating capacity. Many SUVs now offer a third row of seats, increasing occupant capacity to seven, but the Touareg remains a two-row SUV, thus limiting the number of seats to five." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "This SUV has great headroom and generous seat travel. It also boasts firm and comfortable seats. … The tallest riders may want a bit more head clearance [in the rear seat]. Foot and knee space shrink to marginal with the front seats set far back, but knee space is never painfully tight. The seat back doesn't recline, but the cushion provides fine support." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The Touareg's interior features are high on quantity and quality, although some reviewers say the button-heavy dashboard can be confusing.

Standard fare includes dual-zone climate control, walnut wood trim, a remote power tailgate, a 10-speaker audio system and CD player, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, and a height-adjustable telescopic steering column. The Touareg also comes with a six-disc CD changer in the cargo area, which is surprising considering that most new cars provide this system in the front dash.

An optional navigation system features a touch screen, a 30-Gigabyte hard drive, a rearview camera, and an auxiliary multimedia connector. However, it can take some time to learn.

  • "The gauges, dashboard, and console look contemporary and upscale, but the proliferation of buttons and controls requires a preflight briefing. Even then, some audio and climate system functions seem needlessly fussy. The climate system is a bit too low for easy driver use or view. The navigation system takes lots of study to master and governs too many audio functions, but its Global Positioning Satellite feature is useful off-road." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Most surfaces in the Touareg's interior are soft-touch, and the hard surfaces (lower dash, console, doors) feel smooth and substantial." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2010 VW Touareg provides 31 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 71 cubic feet with the second row folded down. This is excellent for the class. However, you can still find more space in the Lexus RX 350. It provides 40 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 80.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

Interior storage spaces in the Touareg aren’t particularly innovative. They include front center armrest storage (a single compartment, but a dual compartment is optional), rear center armrest storage, a lockable glovebox with an adjustable cooling feature, and a large storage unit on top of the dash.

  • "The cargo bay is handsomely finished. It is tall and wide rather than long, but it is spacious enough. The load floor is pretty high, though. The rear seat backs lay flat, but not before an annoying ritual of flipping the lower cushions and removing the headrests. There's quite a bit of small-item storage space, but few of the cubbies are handy for quickly stashing items such as a cell phone.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “Cargo capacity is 31 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 71 cubic feet when they're folded -- useful, to be sure, but not particularly impressive given that a humble Honda CR-V has more maximum storage space." -- Edmunds
  • “Luggage space, on the other hand, is quite good, thanks to a large, useful, squared-off rear cargo area." -- Kelley Blue Book

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