2012 Volkswagen Touareg Consumer Review: Disappointing From The Start

2012 Volkswagen Touareg - Consumer Review

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TDI Lux 4dr SUV (3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel AWD 8-speed Automatic w/Prod. End 10/11)

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Disappointing From The Start
By clarkg on


2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux 4dr SUV AWD w/Prod. End 10/11 (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)


My 2012 Touareg Lux TDI has been a disappointment as compared to the 2010 Touareg TDI I owned previously. The key/fob ignition system is a huge step backwards in convenience from the keyless start system. Unless you want to spend an additional $5K for the "Executive" version I have found the key fob gizmo in my 2012 "Lux" model as very difficult to operate properly. Upon stopping the engine the key fob cannot be removed from the dash socket about 50% of the time so I have to jockey the start/stop engine function until it can be extracted. If VW engineers were trying to prevent theft they actually have enhanced it as when the fob is stuck anyone can hop in and drive off.

Best Features

Nifty panoramic moon roof, lower tire pressures give better ride over bumps, a little extra leg room in the back seat, 8 speed transmission is a smooth operator, TDI diesel is a powerhouse that nets decent fuel economy too, steering system is excellent

Worst Features

Dump the key fob start system as a tour-de-dumb-idea, audio system is no better than an entry level Kia, bluetooth cell phone system will not sync to my Samsung Fascinate, heating steering wheel should be standard or an option on all models, back up camera MIA and should be a factory sponsored retrofit, overpriced for the "Lux" model content, missing multiple power outlets for multiple electronic equipment usage, still needs a 6" stretch in body length for rear seat space
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By billyjack2
on 12/18/11 10:13 AM (PST)

The key fob is not that difficult to use. Not sure why you're having so much difficulty. Step on the brake, turn the fob and let it go. To remove, just turn to the left and let it click, remove the key.

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