2014 Volkswagen Touareg Cars.com Review

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The Volkswagen Touareg has come far in the years since Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela last critiqued it, but the SUV still has a ways to go. Varela was pleasantly surprised by the 2014 Touareg's refined ride and fun-to-drive spirit — especially the powerful acceleration she found difficult to resist when the light turned green. A luxurious interior, a panoramic roof that puts the world on display and an optional foot-swipe opening liftgate all enticed. Still, Varela says it's too spendy for a non-luxury nameplate with so-so standard offerings. Read her review below.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg Review

By Matt Schmitz | December 11, 2013 | Comments (3)

Volkswagen 'Snowareg' is Ultimate Winter Attack Vehicle

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As the Northeast continues to be pounded by a severe blast of winter weather, including as much as a foot of snow in some places, many motorists might find that their all-wheel-drive SUV just isn’t tough enough. If only there were an SUV … with tank tracks.

The snow-savvy Swedes have just the thing: The Volkswagen Snowareg. While little information is available on the Snowareg beyond some photos on Volkswagen Sweden's Facebook page, what you're looking at is a Touareg V-8 TDI that VW outfitted with caterpillar tracks more commonly found on, say, a bulldozer or a Panzer.

According to Autoblog.com, the Snowareg sends 340 horsepower and 590 pounds-feet of torque to a modified set of treads at each wheel. Judging by the photos, Autoblog stated, the Snowareg "appears to come with the full bevy of VW options, including Dynaudio stereo, panoramic moonroof, dual-zone climate control and (of course) heated seats."

No word on fuel economy, but think of the Fix-A-Flat savings alone.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 27, 2012 | Comments (2)

New 2011 VW Touareg Debuting in Detroit

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The Car Connection is reporting that Volkswagen will debut a redesigned Touareg SUV at the Detroit auto show in January. The Touareg serves as the basis of both the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 SUVs. All three are being redesigned at the same time, so we’d expect the other two to debut at subsequent auto shows.

The redesign is sorely needed as the VW and Porsche specifically show their age against competition from BMW and Mercedes. The capable off-roader will debut with hybrid and diesel powertrains, as well. We just hope they get rid of the two-step folding rear seats.
By David Thomas | November 12, 2009 | Comments (2)

$5 Gas? Yup: It's Diesel

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Not two months after Dave reported $4.20 for a gallon of premium — we should be so lucky today — I pulled in to the local BP to fill up the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg V-10 turbodiesel we’ve been testing, and a gallon of diesel cost $5.059. Geez. Throw in another buck and you’re Grand-Slammin’ at Denny’s.

I shouldn’t be so surprised. AAA pegged a gallon of regular in Chicago, where Cars.com is located, at $4.20 per gallon today. That ranks it the seventh highest of 10 cities surveyed by the EPA. (Even worse: Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Eat it, Lakers fans.)

Evidently, I live in a particularly gas-starved section of town, as a gallon of regular was $4.55. Even so, diesel seems to be a comparative deal where I’m at: It runs $4.79 nationally, or 18% more than regular ($4.06), according to AAA’s data. The Midwest has roughly the same 18 percent premium, yet my station’s $5.05 diesel was just 11% more than its 87-octane. The added cost of filling up with diesel is even less when you take into account the fact that, like the VW Touareg I was driving, most diesel cars and SUVs on the market today are of the luxury variety, so non-diesel versions would require premium gas. Using national averages, that means the savings over their diesel counterparts is down to about 7%.

Diesel is getting expensive faster than regular gas in part because demand is so high. A dozen years ago it ran $1.24 a gallon. (A Denny’s Grand Slam, incidentally, was $1.99) That represented just a 1 percent premium over regular, which made diesel engines and their comparative mileage gains much more attractive. Even so, today’s drivers are still using it. At the station this morning, the cashier said diesel has been over five bucks for a month now, but a lot of people — particularly truckers — still buy the stuff.

So we’re curious: Diesel users, what are you paying? How much more is it than regular? Let us know in the comments below.

By Kelsey Mays | June 13, 2008 | Comments (5)

Cars.com Reviews Volkswagen Touareg 2

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If you’re unsure why VW named the slightly revised SUV the Touareg 2, you won’t find the answer in our review. You will discover — through the written word and a video — its pros and cons and whether or not there’s any anticipation for a Touareg 3. 

2008 VW Touareg 2 Expert Review (Cars.com)

By David Thomas | November 1, 2007 | Comments (1)

Ch-Ch-Changes: 2008 Touareg 2

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Here at the Cars.com offices we’re busy sifting through pages of information from automakers as the full 2008 lineups are slowly being unveiled. One model that gets some slight changes for 2008 is Volkswagen’s Touareg SUV, which is now called the Touareg 2. VW is playing up the fact that there are 2,200 new parts on the Touareg 2, including exterior changes, but to the average Joe there’s not much that looks different.

The engines are more advanced and now use direct injection. The base VR6 gets a 280-hp V-6, and there’s also a 350-hp V-8 and a twin-turbo diesel V-10 with 310 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque. There’s also an entirely new option package assortment and naming convention to confuse buyers: They’re called the Lux, Lux Plus and Technologie packages.

The Touareg is on sale now, starting at $39,320 not including a $680 destination charge. That’s roughly a $1,000 price bump over the VR6. The V-8 version sees a nearly $5,000 increase, and the V-10 gets a nearly $10,000 increase. A power liftgate and Sirius Satellite Radio are now standard, but most might have trouble wrapping their heads around the price hike.

For full prices and more information, you can research the Touareg 2 here

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By David Thomas | July 19, 2007 | Comments (1)

Unnecessary Sequel: The 2008 Touareg 2

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Another automaker seemingly wasting our time is Volkswagen. The company’s big news this morning is that the slightly updated 2008 Touareg will be called the Touareg 2. This might be the worst naming idea we’ve seen since the Taurus X. The Touareg 2 goes on sale later this spring and will start at $39,320.

There will be three upgraded engine choices, including a V-6, a V-8 and a monstrous twin-turbo diesel V-10.

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By David Thomas | April 4, 2007 | Comments (4)

VW Unleashes V-10 Diesel Touareg on U.S. Today

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You would think an engine that produces 553 pounds-feet of torque — more than a Dodge Viper — would really suck fuel. Not true when that fuel is of the diesel variety, and certainly not true in the 2006 Volkswagen Touareg V-10 TDI released today in all 50 states.

On Monday, new clean diesel fuel made its way to pumps in the U.S. that, when teamed with advanced engines, meets stringent environmental guidelines in all states, including California and other states with restrictions beyond federal limits.

The VW V-10 kicks out 310 hp, but the performance comes from the massive torque that we can only imagine launches the SUV from mall exits with extreme prejudice. Also extreme is the price tag for this sucker: $67,750. That’s more than $20,000 over the V-8 Touareg already on the market. Mileage is better in the larger V-10, at 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, versus 14/18 mpg with the V-8.

We’re excited that a company is bringing such an impressive diesel to the U.S., we’re just not sure anyone is going to pony up that extra twenty large for the experience.

By David Thomas | October 19, 2006 | Comments (12)

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