There are certain nameplates that manage to sit under the sales radar, waiting patiently for someone to give them a test drive. The Touareg is one of these. This is really a PSA to make you realize just how good Volkswagen’s SUV is. So enlighten yourself. And remember, it’s ‘a’ before ‘r’.
Volkswagen Touareg Trims and Feature Highlights
The Touareg is a five seat midsize luxury SUV that rises above humble Volkswagen roots and challenges German counterparts both in decadence and performance. Shoppers are able choose from four trim designations named Sport, Lux, Executive, and Hybrid. Within the Sport, Lux, and Executive world, VW offers gasoline and TDI diesel engines. Touareg Hybrid trims feature a supercharged V6/electric motor combo that crushes hybrid powertrain typecasts by offering 380 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque. Touareg’s super-powered trifecta gives shoppers strong flexibility because all three options offer excellent muscle and respectable fuel economy in combination with standard all-wheel drive.
Options include staple luxuries like touchscreen infotainment & navigation, a rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, and heated seats along with more decadent features like rain sensing windshield wipers- and a remote rear liftgate. These are all nice touches, but the real indulgence is getting behind the wheel and actually driving Touareg- a novel characteristic, indeed. 2013 Touareg trims start at $43,425.
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Volkswagen Touareg Performance
Directly under the hood of every V6 trim sits 6-cylinders and 280 horsepower, along with 265 lb.-ft. of torque. The direct injection V6 is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission fitted with Tiptronic and 4MOTION all-wheel drive, as are the TDI and Hybrid trims.
If it’s diesel you want, go for the TDI lineup. Here it’s a 3.0 liter V6 Clean Diesel job worth 240 horses and an unbelievable 406 lb.-ft. of torque.
Hybrid models get a supercharged V6 gasoline engine that works in tandem with an electric motor to produce a supernatural 380 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. On those occasions that require a trip to the gas station, you’ll be able to take advantage of sub six second 0 to 60 acceleration times.
Equipped with the towing package, Touareg can haul up to 7,700 pounds.
Volkswagen Touareg Fuel Economy
EPA estimates give V6 Touareg 17/23/19 (city/highway/combined) MPG on premium gasoline; TDI engines are able to achieve 20/29/23 MPG, and Hybrids rest in the middle at 20/24/21.
Volkswagen Touareg Interior Highlights
Disregard the badging and you’ll think you’ve stepped inside one of VW’s rich German cousins. Better yet, everything is laid out in a spacious and intuitive fashion. Wood, leather, and infotainment options are all available to make your trips as classy & convenient as possible, so there’s no need for modesty when you reach your destination. Volkswagen doesn’t give Touareg a third row option- it’s a strict five passenger limit. However, there’s not much to complain about if you’re lucky enough to be among those five.
The elimination of a third row allows for almost 37 inches of rear leg room, and if you upgrade for the electric seat release, maneuvering becomes (relatively) hassle free. Touareg offers 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are upright; space expands to 64 cubes with seats folded flat.
Volkswagen Touareg Safety
2013 standards include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability & traction control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and six airbags. Navigation trims offer a rearview camera, and parking sensors are added to Executive models.
Crash test ratings are yet to be announced for 2013, but history tells us Touareg will do just fine.
Volkswagen Touareg Summary
There are people who will overlook the Touareg in favor for something with a logo that denotes tennis club status. Don’t be one of those people. The 2013 Touareg has the class and performance options to hang with any luxury midsize out there.
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