Lux Plus Package ($3,400 - includes keyless start/stop, Dynaudio, four-zone Climatronic, heated rear seats); Technologie Package ($3,350 - includes DVD-based navigation system with sound upgrade, rearview back-up camera, six-disc trunk-mounted CD changer and aux audio input jack).
4,172cc (255 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
350 @ 6,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
324 @ 3,500
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Unlike many SUVs, the Touareg's engine is happy to rev all the way to redline. Our best runs were achieved by simply flooring the pedal without any brake torque. Shifts are quick in "S" mode and the transmission's manual control works well.
Any SUV that stops from 60 mph in 120 feet is impressive. The Touareg managed this performance with relative consistency in both its stopping distance and pedal feel stop after stop.
Stability control cannot be fully disabled but doesn't interfere until the Touareg's chassis has been truly maligned by some serious wheel sawing. Stability and control feel are both quite good for a vehicle this tall. The Touareg's manners are impressive. Still, without the electronics damping the fun, the numbers would be better.