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2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 V10 TDI Review

Epic Workhorse

A three-quarter front view of a 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 V10 TDI

In short: A powerful and feature-packed luxury SUV.

ere’s a Volkswagen that has no problem tackling rugged backroads. This voracious beast of a sport utility, tipping the scales at 5,825 pounds, matches its weight with brawn. The vehicle we drove was powered by a formidable 5.0-liter V10 diesel engine capable of exerting 553 lb-ft of torque. Treks off paved roads are easily handled by the Touareg 2’s four-corner air suspension, electronic stabilization program and permanent four-wheel drive. While capable of leaving civilization behind, this VW’s interior aims for luxury, pampering its inhabitants with a sunroof and heatable front seats. Our tester—which came standard with twelve-way power front seats, genuine wood interior accents and heatable, power exterior mirrors—included optional accessories such as a DVD-based navigation system and a rear-view backup camera.

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Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; twelve-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation warranty; four-year/50,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance.

Base Price: $68,340 / As tested: $79,080

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, 4-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

5.0-liter V10 TDI diesel
Horsepower: 310 hp @ 3,750 rpm
Torque: 553 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic Tiptronic

Curb weight:
5,825 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 187.2/75.9/68 in
Turning circle: 38.1 ft

all-wheel power-assisted vented disc with electronic brakeforce distribution, ABS, engine-braking assist, hydraulic brake assist
Suspension: 4-corner air suspension with electronic shock absorption control; double wishbone in front; four-link in rear
Traction: electronic stabilization program

0-60 mph: 7.5 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City: 15 mpg
EPA Highway: 20 mpg

front and side airbags for driver and front passenger; side curtain airbags in front and rear; child safety rear door locks; tire pressure monitoring system; daytime running lights

style; utility; acceleration

Dislikes: price


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PSV110508 (Updated: 01/25/12 NW)