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in 2011 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $29,157 - $38,008
Original MSRP: $44,450 - $60,565
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Interior

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The 2011 VW Touareg’s cabin is more comfortable than ever and boasts a more spacious rear seat than previous models. It also comes with high-quality materials and easy-to-use controls.

  • "The cabin is quiet, and the materials work well together. One of our testers came in a buttery trim, and the other had dark finishing; both presented well." -- AutoWeek
  • "On our topline testers, the materials quality, design and fitment neared Audi levels and the enlarged interior was certainly noticeable." -- Motor Trend
  • "Inside, you'll see a VW that rivals Audi's interior design, with high quality soft materials, satin chrome surrounds and fine wood inlays. It's a step above the Passat CC, and I dare say the Phaeton as well." -- Road and Track
  • "Inside, the Touareg's cabin materials are upgraded and a new navigation unit is standard across all trim levels. VW considerably reduced the number of configurations for the SUV with this redesign and there are now only three trim levels; the sole stand-alone option is a trailer hitch." -- Automobile Magazine

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Seating

Reviewers are unanimous in saying the redesigned Touareg is more comfortable than ever. For 2011, the cabin is larger and there’s more room in the rear seat, which reviewers found cramped in previous models. Even better is that the rear seat now reclines and slides back and forth, which gives the Touareg more versatility.

Since 2010, the Touareg has not longer offered 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.

VW has not yet released specs for the Touareg, but previous models came standard with V-Tex leatherette seat trim, heated front seats, and a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

  • "VW wisely eschews the third-row, and there's plenty of space in the second row for an average size adult to stretch out, lots of headroom front and rear, and a comfortable driving position." -- AutoWeek
  • "An inch-and-a-half stretch to the wheelbase gives rear seat passengers an impressive amount of legroom even with tall front seat passengers, and the rear seats are just as comfortable as the fronts." -- Motor Trend
  • "The redesigned front seats are comfy going the distance, the transmission tunnel has been reshaped to provide more legroom and the center console moved forward to provide more support. Ensconced on the new back bench with the front seats placed where we had plenty of room, there remained more than two inches between our legs and the front seats." -- Autoblog
  • "The Touareg is still a midsize crossover with seating for five, but those in back are particularly well served now, with more rear legroom and a backrest adjustable to three different positions." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Touareg's interior features are high on quantity and quality. While reviewers used to find the button-heavy dashboard confusing, the controls and systems inside the redesigned 2011 model are more intuitive. All models come with a seven-inch widescreen display between the main gauges.

Volkswagen has not released specs on the new Touareg, but all trims are expected to come with a navigation system – a rare standard feature even in a luxury SUV. Reviewers really like the system because it displays maps and directions in a three-dimensional view. The navigation system also comes with a 60-Gigabyte hard drive and satellite radio.

  • "The onboard systems and satellite navigation are intuitive to use through the VW's touchscreen interface. The on-screen monitoring of the hybrid system is not too different from the best we've seen in other premium hybrids." -- Edmunds
  • "The user interface is simple and straightforward and the navigation system offers 3D views of the terrain as well as the outlines of buildings. Tapping on a building will even bring up any information available on it, which is typically limited to major landmarks. Also embedded in this system is an optional and impressive Dynaudio stereo backed by a 620-watt amplifier and a 60-gigabyte hard drive." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

Volkswagen has not yet released cargo dimensions on the 2011 Touareg. However, the previous 2010 model provided excellent space for its class, and the redesigned Touareg is expected to provide even more. The rear seatback folds with the touch of a button to increase space, and this year it can even slide forward.

  • "Overall cargo room suffers from the hybrid adaptation, of course, with 15.3 cubic feet available behind the second-row seat and 55 cubic feet available overall." --Edmunds

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