2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux 4dr SUV AWD w/Prod. End 10/11 (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
I bought my 2012 Toureg certified used with 12k miles on it. The steering wheel shakes at 65-75 mph and I took my car back to the dealer two times already. Every time they returned the car to me, they said the problem has been fixed. New tires, alignment, nothing is helping. There are numerous other VW Touareg drivers out there who are as disappointed as I am.
The steering wheel shake makes longer trips very uncomfortable. I am extremely unhappy with this car.
Besides the problems mentioned above, this would be a really fun car. Very fuel efficient for an SUV, good interior space, fun luxury car.
VW needs to either find a way to find to fix this problem or admit that this car has a major issue and offer their clients an acceptable solution. Otherwise I might just have to get a Hyundai.
2012 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Lux 4dr SUV AWD w/Prod. End 10/11 (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
I have had my beautiful Touareg for a little over a year.
The colour is lovely, I love the leather seats and the basic layout.
The car gets good gas mileage and has loads of get up and go.
BUT, if you live anywhere that the wind blows do not buy this car.
It does not hold the road in the wind and is so light you feel like it is going to blow off the road.
I am trading it in for a good old heavy SUV this weekend!
Nice placement of everything but the cup holder.
Good gas mileage and great fun to drive.
Traded in my beloved "05 V8 Exec on this 2012 TDI Exec in July 2012.
Have logged lots of seat time accumulating almost 20,000 Kms.
Overall this is a very good and very capable vehicle but this one seems was seemingly built by an
Slovakian on a Friday afternoon.
The TDI engine and the 8 speed transmission are the high lights of this SUV.
It is much quicker and smoother in every aspect than I had anticipated. Speed is deceptive and it is best to use the cruise control on the highway. In passing, highly illegal speeds are never far away. Love it! Seats are initially very hard but are comfy after breaking in. Nav package is first rate and easy to use.
It handles remarkably well given it size and weight.
Stereo system kills the Bose in my wife's 2011 G37
The anti slip system takes too long to cut in on icy surfaces.
The back end will slide around significantly without reacting to the car sliding across the ice.
No grab handle in the door arm rest requires grabbing the window sill when opening the door.
The proximity alarm sounds are annoying!
Cruise control on same stalk as the turn signal is hard to get used to.
Seat memory settings do not stay set.
Steering wheel will move to a new position over night.
Will not learn garage door code
So far - AdBlue system, all stereo amps
replaced, fog lights flicker over bumps or dont come on at all.
Make sure you have a very good dealer if buying on of these!!!
2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sport 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
Six weeks ago I purchased a new black 2012 Touareg. I named the vehicle "Hilda" and I must say this girl is well built, fun to drive, has a great motor and impresses all who ride with her.
Originally I planned to purchase a gas Tourareg, but after taking the diesel out for a drive I was hooked. I fell in love with Hilda and how smoothly and quickly she travels down the highway and navigates city streets. Hilda embraced my 6'-6" frame as no other SUV I have ever driven.
Hilda is a pricey vehicle, but fine cars like fine women don't come cheap. In the case of Hilda she has performed exceptionally well. I have noticed many a man look at Hilda with lust in their eyes. WHAT A GREAT CAR!!!
Large and very adjustable seats
Powerful, smooth and fuel efficient diesel engine
Great looking interior
On a $50 K vehicle memory seats should be standard equipment.
2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD w/Prod. End 10/11 (3.0L 6cyl S/C gas/electric hybrid 8A)
I wanted a mid size SUV to accomodate our growing family, but also wanted to preserve some of the fun-factor of driving. I test drove the gas and diesel ML series, and found that while its a beautiful and luxurious truck (Merc has done a great job with the evolution of the exterior and interior) it was a little slow and a little sloppy in handling compared to the others.
The X5 looked awesome and is the standard bearer in terms of ride, but was too common and too expensive.
The Cayenne S is equally fun but fuel thirsty and expensive.
The Touareg was luxurious and crisp handling, the hybrid was extremely well-powered, and the slight improvement in efficiency a welcome bonus.
0 - 60 mph in 5.9 seconds
Huge amounts of torque from supercharged 3L engine
Minimal roll on corners
Ability to sail on highway and run on battery only
Interior tasteful and luxurious, does not try too hard
Technologically well-integrated -- connected to iPhone via bluetooth and was off and running in 20 seconds, with screen displays and playback controls, album art, and of course phone and voice activated commands.
Fast and easy to read 3D navigation system
Transitions between hybrid and turbo engine are not transparent but not jarring -- but this will be true on the $90-110K Cayenne S Hybrid and Panamera S Hybrids which share the same exact powertrain and specifications
This is clearly designed for performance and not fuel efficiency. So don't expect Prius performance, but you can get 27-29 MPG in stop and go traffic with a little discipline (by my experience and professional reviewers) which is amazing considering its pushing 5135 lbs around. And don't expect to recover the added cost of the hybrid drivetrain--its just faster and more fun
Stock 19" wheels are boring. 20-21" wheels require no modifications but improve handling and look a lot