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
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
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!
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.
Great car. Technology features not tested for U.S.
written on 04-09-2012
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
4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C gas/electric hybrid 8A)
Options on test vehicle
Supercharged, direct-injected V6, gasoline with auto-stop/start
2,995cc (183 cu-in)
Cast iron/aluminum alloy
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
380 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
425 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Eight-speed automatic with console shifter with sport mode
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.85; II = 2.84; III = 1.86; IV = 1.44; V = 1.66; VI = 1.00; VII = 0.82; VIII = 0.67; R: 0.83; FD =
A supercharger/electric motor/gasoline V6 makes for stonking runs down the drag strip. The Touareg positively powers off the line, getting to its 6,500-rpm shift point (500 rpm above redline) quickly. Fastest run was achieved via power braking to raise the revs, and with the automatic in Sport mode, which gave quick shifts. Never dropped more than one bar below a full battery charge. Manual shifting via console lever; will not hold gears at redline, weak attempt at throttle blipping with very slow downshifts.
Mushy pedal went almost all the way to the floor with the first panic stop and improved only slightly in later ones. Disconcerting in a vehicle this heavy, and surprising, what with those huge front brakes. Vehicle remained stable, though, and stopping distances are very good considering the Touareg Hybrid weighs over 5,000 pounds.
Slalom: Overly light but quick steering, minimal feedback. Overwhelming sensation is one of sitting very high. Suspension is squishy soft; easy to get into an understeer push if you enter the slalom with too much speed. Electronic stability control could not be fully turned off, but its intervention point -- when it would brake appropriate wheels -- is quite high. Skid pad: Impressive how much the Touareg could be controlled via the throttle, which wasn't as evident in the slalom. Quick throttle shifts resulted in slight oversteer moments, making it fun to keep the Touareg on the intended arc. Helpful, since the steering offers little feedback for the driver.