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Volkswagen Touareg Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 310 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Volkswagen Touareg

  • An enticing blend of the pavement-dwelling crossover and the rugged off-roader swathed in Volkswagen style.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Upscale interior, polished road manners, true off-road capability, solid construction, lengthy standard equipment list.

  • Cons

    Lousy fuel economy, not a lot of room in the backseat, no in-dash CD changer.

  • What's New for 2005

    The Touareg's standard V6 engine goes from 220 hp to 240 hp. The optional navigation system will change from CD-based to DVD-based later…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (193 total reviews)

16 of 37 people found this review helpful

Repairs - often and expensive

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Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Touareg V6 AWD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

Like previous posts I would not recommed this car to anyone unless they like paying for rental cars and expensive repairs. Just had my drive shaft replaced at 76,000 miles for $1,300. (Tip: search the web for shops that sell re-manufactured shafts for $450 to $350). At 52,000 miles the internal speaker in the instrument cluster went out, the VW repair is to replace the instrument cluster, the part alone is $1,000. It does handle nice in the snow but its a gas guzzler and tires (expensive ones) seem to last only about 30,000...we're due for our 3rd set at 76,000 miles. Also need a slew of special tools to repair if your a do it yourself person. Very noisy, due to wind, with the window open

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

Piece of crap car

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Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Touareg V8 AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

I would not recommend this car to anyone who is not a millionaire with money to burn and likes to have their car in the shop at least once a month. We bought this car brand new, zero miles on it and had to bring it into the shop within the first month. It was all downhill from there. Every mechanical piece on the car was replaced under warranty (which we extended to five years immediately) except for the motor, which I am sure would run forever while all the other peices of the car fall off all over the road. Sadly, I had to buy a back-up car so I had something reliable to go to work in and had to carry a battery for the key in my purse, because you never knew when the car would not unlock.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Good value

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Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Touareg V8 AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

Solid, well made German SUV with good handling for the most part. V8 gas mileage is a blended 15. Always has been hesitant off the line, but plenty of power once you are moving, great feel for a driver. Comfortable, well designed. Like the look, like the drive. Interior leather, wood appointments nice, luxury feel. For the money, this is a good luxury SUV, same new platform as Porsche Cayenne. Mechanically well built and doesn't wear out.

Gas Mileage


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Full 2005 Volkswagen Touareg Review

What's New for 2005

The Touareg's standard V6 engine goes from 220 hp to 240 hp. The optional navigation system will change from CD-based to DVD-based later in the model year. The formerly standard tire-pressure monitoring system is now optional, and satellite radio is available across the board. A self-dimming rearview mirror debuts this year, along with newly styled 18-inch alloy wheels.

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I hope that I am not too late in my reply to your questions. Let me start off by saying that I did infact love the touareg as a whole, but it like any vehicle has issues. The 2004 was a problem year ...

Hi kg6c. The reason why you were able to negotiate such large discounts on these trucks is that Volkswagen is currently providing $3,000 dealer cash on 2005 Touareg V6 and $4,000 on '05 Touareg V8 mo...


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