has certainly gone upscale lately and we are not even
talking about their Bentley, Bugatti or Lamborghini lines.
Soon they will issue the Phateon, an absolutely gorgeous
$80,000 sedan, but let's focus on the equally good-looking
Touareg. The last time we saw Touaregs we were driving
from Paris across the Sahara in a 505 Peugeot. These Touaregs
were beautiful people on camels patrolling the dessert.
We loved that experience and would have also loved to
drive VW's all-new SUV. So now the German manufacturer
borrows the nomadic tribe's name for its capable all-wheel
like the look, the overall size of the car and its manufacturing.
It is, simply put, well made. The design, choice of
components and attention to details made us appreciate
this new offering. Beyond the first look, you've got
an agile car with a good turning radius, a smart car
loaded with electronicslike the suspension etc.
In fact, it was difficult to find anything not to like.
It would be safe to call this a luxury SUV with all
its amenities such as individual heating zones, leather
and burl wood interior and ambient lighting. And then
you have the utility aspect with doors that open wide,
and an easy conversion to cargo mode (71 cubic feet)
with the split rear seats. The rear cargo area can be
reached either by opening the glass window or by opening
the hatch door. You may choose to haul your cargo in
sport, comfort or automatic mode thanks to the adjustable
air suspension system. You can achieve 11.8 inches of
ground clearance at the twist of a knob and sail through
22.8 inches of water. You may also use the knob to lower
down the car for easy loading of that special cargo
and again to achieve better handling at freeway speeds.
is a V8 option but we found ample power for city or
highway driving and felt very safe with the 4XMOTION
drivetrain. As well, the Touareg has great off-road
characteristics. Performance and handling are delivered
by ABS, ASR, ESP (electronic stabilization program),
HBA (hydraulic brake assist), EBA (engine braking assist),
EBD (electronic brake force distribution), and EDL (electronic
differential lock)lots of electronic jargon to
tell you that in most situations, this car will take
care of you in full comfort and safety. Planning on
towing your brand new boat? This Touareg can handle
as much as 7,700 pounds.
you wanted a similar car with a whole bunch of power
and the V8 version is not enough you could opt for her
cousin, the Porsche Cayenne.
a review of the Volkswagen
Touareg 2 V10 TDI
Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty;
twelve-year/unlimited-mile warranty against corrosion perforation; four-year/50,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance.