2015 Volkswagen Touareg V6

A luxury mid-size SUV in casual clothes.

  • Likes
  • Quiet cabin
  • good ergonomics
  • Dislikes
  • V6 lacks torque

Volkswagen's successful mid-sized SUV shares a platform with the pricier Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7, and as such, the Volkswagen Touareg benefits from a solid chassis and high-quality driving feel.

Students of the Bauhaus school will feel right at home in the Touareg's reserved, Teutonic interior. Finishes are of high-quality and all the ergonomics are good. Visibility is decent, too, thanks to the Touareg's boxy roofline. Indeed, this Volkswagen SUV feels more like a Porsche or Audi in disguise. It is a posh relative dressed down for a casual event, the SUV, maybe, for those who want to enjoy luxury without flaunting it. Or for those who wish their neighbors to know how little they need to flaunt it.

The canyon grey metallic with anthracite interior Volkswagen Touareg V6 we drove featured a switchable on-road/ off-road all-wheel drive system, hydraulic steering, and a chassis tuned mostly for ride comfort but which nonetheless proved responsive and predictable. The Touareg's handling is above-average for a mid-sized SUV, which makes sense considering that this Volkswagen shares a platform with the Autobahn-storming Porsche Cayenne.

The second generation VW Touareg sports utility vehicle lives up to its name as it can carry a multiplicity of people or cargo from soccer practice to your favorite Costco warehouse in elegant and safe style.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty, 2-year/ 24,000-mile free maintenance, 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $48,745

As Tested: $48,745

  • 17 / 23 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.5 sec
  • 0-60
  • 280 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 125 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6
  • Horsepower: 280 hp
  • Torque: 266
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Curb Weight: 4,711 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 113.9 in
  • Length: 188.8 in
  • Width: 76.4 in
  • Height: 68.2 in
  • Turning circle: 39 ft
  • Brakes: Front and Rear ventilated disc, sliding calipers, ABS
  • Suspension: Front double-wishbone/ rear multilink
  • Traction: Traction and stability control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 7.5 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 123 ft.
  • Top Speed: 125 mph
  • EPA City: 17 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 23 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 19 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Not yet rated

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