We just went for a drive in a VW Touareg. What a vehicle. Obviously it wasn’t our first time driving one, but perhaps we had forgotten what an exceptional vehicle the Touareg really is. Two things in particular jumped out at us. First, despite the fact that it’s a big, powerful full-size SUV, it is surprisingly light-footed. Maybe it’s the feeling coming through the hydraulically-assisted steering, or perhaps it’s the 407 lbs-ft of torque available below 2000 rpm. Whatever the reason, the Touareg’s level of responsiveness that has no business being attached to a full-size SUV.
The second thing that jumped out at us is luxury. This thing is a luxurious machine, immediately apparent in both its fit-and-finish and list of available features. The various knobs on the dashboard… go ahead and turn them. They feel like you’d imagine those combination knobs on bank vaults to feel like (any Touareg-driving bank employees: confirm this!). And if there’s any technology you’d like in a vehicle that isn’t available on a Touareg, we’d be happy to provide you directions to the Rolls-Royce dealer. To make your driving as safe as possible, there’s Volkswagen’s Area View 360 system, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, pre-collision automatic braking, bi-xenon headlights up front and LED taillights out back. And to make your driving as enjoyable as possible, there’s a heated steering wheel and leather seats all around, a Dynaudio 620 watt 12-speaker sound system, a panoramic power sunroof, Bluetooth, RNS 850 navigation system, and a 60 GB hard drive. And wood and leather. Lots of wood and leather.
There’s also the Touareg’s drivetrain and performance. We could spend a whole afternoon on these things, but suffice it to say, they’re both good. A choice of 3.6L gas or 3.0L TDI Clean Diesel engines, 4MOTION full-time 4WD, 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic… they all add up to excellent performance and fuel economy, especially with the TDI engine.
Anyway, we just felt the need to reiterate what a great vehicle the 2015 VW Touareg is. At around $49,000+, no one said it was the cheapest vehicle ever made. But its build quality and performance make SUVs costing twice as much seem very foolish indeed.
Here are a couple of links to learn more about the Touareg: