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The Best SUV !!! Nothing Else Even Comes Close!!
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By vision3
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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I have owned my Sport TDI SUV since new. I have driven it for 28,000 miles and have not had one problem with it. Truly an outstanding SUV. Build quality is top notch. Feels very solid and safe. Steering is tight, suspension is firm yet soaks up road bumps. Handling on the most curvy roads is amazing. Diesel engine is very smooth, surprisingly quiet and very powerful. Accelerates like a rocket. 80mph feels like only driving 50, without any strain on engine, while getting 30mpg!! I set the speedo alarm at 80mph, and it routinely alerts me. A great feature on this SUV!! Seats are very comfortable, Nav. and voice commands easy to operate. Great sound system. VW hit a home run! Best SUV!!!


Favorite Features

Handling, Sportiness, All Wheel Drive, Smooth Quiet Ride, Solid Feel, Quality Build, Voice Commands, NAV and Back Up Camera, Quiet, Smooth Powerful Diesel Engine, Amazing Acceleration, Excellent Brakes, Excellent MPG, 30MPG on highway!!!


Suggested Improvements

None. Can't think of anything that needs improvement on this SUV, except maybe a lower sticker price. But, I guess you get what you pay for!


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Great car. Technology features not tested for U.S.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By leighlane
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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I've had my 2011 Touareg TDI for 1 year. Overall, great experience. I'm an Audi loyalist, yet my VW TDI is a favorite. My Touareg has blemishes. I'm 6+mo. into trying to get my Bluetooth fixed. A VW factory engineer confirmed mine isn't usable. Call recipients can't hear me. On any iPhone (3, 3G, 4, 4S) it is not usable because it picks up excessive road noise (VW didn't QA test iPhones?). VW USA and my dealer have been lackluster in support. I was told by VW's Executive Care team that I will have to pursue other means like BBB and CA Attorney General to fix this because VW USA doesn't have a trend of this as a problem. Apparently, I'm the first. So great experience with a major blemish


Favorite Features

Fuel efficiency Ride comfort Touchscreen nav Auto hold for city traffic stop and go Bluetooth (for streaming, not for voice)


Suggested Improvements

Bluetooth that works for voice, and is tested on top U.S. phones like iPhone. Stronger fit and finish (I just had a chrome trim piece come off my right rear passenger door). Backup camera with warning tones.


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WOW!!!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By carguy114
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Lux 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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My familiy and I have owned our 2011 VW Touareg TDI Lux for 5 months now and all I can say is what an incredible car. First off, we were OK with the 19 MPG city rating, and because we live in the hills, we were expecting less. BUT, we are actually averaging 23 miles per gallon without any highway driving. I would not be surprised if somone who's commute consists of 35-65 mph flat roads could average over 50 mpg. This really is an incredible machine. The overall build quality is very solid, you always feel safe! The interior has ablselutely no flaws and the panoramic sunroof is incredible. If you ane in anyway remotely considering the Touareg, you will not be let down. We love our Touareg TDI


Favorite Features

MPG's, Sunroof, Comfort of the interior and the ride, "Sport" mode, Cargo Capacity, Value for Money, Styling, Fun to drive, LED daytime running lights (Stylish :). Porsche quality car, for $20,000 less, Rear seat roominess, 700 mile range, ECO factor, Navigation, Sound System, 8 in touchscreen etc.


Suggested Improvements

There are two minor suggestions. The fuel tank is 26.4 gallons which allows you to go on forever, but refuels are a bit pricy if diesel is about $4.00 a gallon. Also, the "Volkswagen Infortainment System" is either totally on or totally off, if you want to make a phone call using the great bluetooth, you have to mute the music instead of turinging it off. It isn't terrible but it takes a little getting used to.


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Value with Style
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By stcamp
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Lux 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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Was in the market for another SUV, yet wanted something different, not cumbersome nor boxy. Previously had an 07 BMW X5 - liked the car, yet did not like performance. With gas prices fluctuating high/low, I considered the diesel. Drove the BMW diesel, yet it was $9k more than the VW. My car is new <300 miles, yet in town I avg 19.5 and Hwy 26 mpg. As the car engine breaks in and I get my foot off the pedal, I know mileage will improve. Seats are very comfortable, interior is well designed and Navigation interface works very well. The LED headlights are distinctive and the back end of the Touareg is in my opinion...nicer than Porsche


Favorite Features

Size, diesel performance & mpg, style, off road capabilities, auto-trunk hatch, Navigation, Stereo and HUGE sun roof


Suggested Improvements

For a $50k car, the steering wheel should be electronic and not manual. If you live in a city where the sun shines hot, the sun roof does not do a good job of keeping the heat out, so I took the car into a window tint dealer and had both driver side windows tinted and sun roof....now, it not only looks better, but the tinting on the roof makes a BIG difference.


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'11 Touareg TDI hits almost all targets
11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By tdifor
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Lux 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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We took delivery of our new '11 TDI Lux on 12/9/10, and my wife and son want to drive it more than their own cars ('08 GTI and '02 525i wagon). It's quiet, comfortable, beautiful inside and out (what a sunroof!), has a great nav system and electronics package, great power (can't wait 'til summer to tow our boat), and is getting 25+ mpg! It passed its snow test with flying colors, and the handling is fantastic. The only negatives are price ($55K) and lack of cargo space, but we knew what we were getting into there. Five adults and all their stuff plus some food gets pretty tight, but if you don't mind a car-top carrier it would be a great answer. Check it out if looking for a new small SUV!


Favorite Features

Power, mileage, AWD, solid build, quiet ride, sunroof, nav/media system, interior, exterior, size (for parking), rear camera, descent control, power lift gate, front/rear leg and head room.


Suggested Improvements

Lower price, slightly bigger cargo area (loses small exterior size).


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Touareg best I have owned
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By jdpompano
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Lux 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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I have owned many cars, trucks and SUV's over my lifetime, including luxury brands from Audi and Acura, this is the best vehicle yet. The build quality, handling, engine performance/mileage are all great, best in class. I have owned this for two months and I am averaging 22mpg in city driving, with excellent acceleration and engine smoothness. The technology features are intuitutive for most, but there is still a learning curve. DVD player in glove compartment a plus.


Favorite Features

The TDI engine is most impressive to me, next would be the technology features. The engine is so smooth, powerful, but amazingly fuel efficient, no need for extra cost hybrid.


Suggested Improvements

Still learing the nav system, limited POI's so far and the light connection for the trailer hitch is unusual.


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Best Car Ever
9 of 28 people found this review helpful
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By Anonymous
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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I have been driving for 50 years and have driven most makes and models from GM, Ford, MB, RR, Audi, BMW, Low budget to > $70k and this is the best vehicle I have ever driven! Solid, quiet and fuel efficient. The safety features are great, and the looks speak for themselves, 'understated elegance'.


Favorite Features

Safety, fuel economy, quiet comfort.


Suggested Improvements

Lower price.


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Verdict is still out.
2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By Chicago Gearhead
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Lux 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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Just owned my Touareg TDI for 24 hours now. Really wanted the hybrid but the whole Chicagoland area is only getting about 10 hybrids for the whole 2011 model year. Seems like an advertising scam to me. The TDI surprisingly has little torque until past 2K rpm's. My GX470 seemed to have much better torque at 1300 rpms even though it is rated at 76 less lb ft torque. Handle's really well, similar to my wife's G35x. Fit and finish is well executed. I seem to have no problem meeting or exceeding the gov't rated MPG's. Over all, I'm happy with the purchase but at these steep prices, I don't think VW is going to sell many of these!


Favorite Features

LED driving lights. Decent milage for a 5K lb SUV. Nice to have 8 forward speeds to maximize the engine's resources.


Suggested Improvements

My larger GX470 was still about 300 lb lighter even though it had a traditional off road transf. case and ladder frame. Loose more weight! Push button start should be standard on a $56K SUV.


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New 2011 Touareg
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Michael
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Lux 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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My last 3 trucks were two Land Rover Discoveries and then the LR3. I was ready to trade in after five years and surveyed the landscape of real trucks - LR4, Sport, Armada, Infinit - you name it. I drove the Touareg and decided to go for it. It has good truck sensibilities, but drives like the Cayenne. It is comfortable and more economic than the 11 mph LR4.


Favorite Features

The TDI v6 is a marvel.


Suggested Improvements

The loss of the 4xmotion and airsuspension is a disappointment. The car would have been perfect if it had real off-road bonafides, and I would have paid the price in weight and dollars. It should be an option, especially on the hearty diesel.


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On-Road Only
5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By John Nehgerbahn
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Diesel TDI Executive 4dr SUV 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


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Traded in my 09 for the 2011,also picking up a AWD CC for my summer car, which I ended up not needing. My previous car had been a excellent off- roader, and presuming that the new one carried on with the off-road creds, bought the '11 model. I purchased it in summer not needing off-road capability ,and found the car flawless with a buttery smooth ride, gorgeous looks in and out, great fuel economy, and lots of space. As soon as winter began however, the car turned out to be a nightmare. It simply cannot leave the beaten trail, lacking any off road potential. I understand that few people go venture, but the ability to drive in mud bogs and cross rivers is mandatory in Northern Alska.


Favorite Features

Everything besides the lack of off- road capabilites.


Suggested Improvements

None at all, except an off-road oriented versions like they sell in Europe.


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