Used 2014 Volkswagen Touareg Consumer Reviews
This is the 2nd Touareg (T) I've owned and the 4th VW. I love almost everything about VW. The affordable luxury, the clever, intuitive and practical technology as well as the sturdy nature of the vehicles build. The only things I would tweak are (and this may have been something specific to my 2014 T) the jumpy acceleration. When I pushed on the gas, my T had a tendency to lurch versus smoothly take off. Other than that, almost everything else was a joy.
I've reached a point where build quality, materials used, fit and finish are much more important. Many of todays new vehicles are about size and qty. of the touch screens. The downside of these "big screens" and "car plays" and other electronics "trinkets" is cost cutting is painfully evident in many other very important areas. One is the seats. Unlike things like adaptive cruise control, seats are used every single time you get in the vehicle. The 3rd generation VW Touareg has outstanding seats. The vehicle I purchased, 2014 VW Touareg R-Line, not only has 12 way adjustable seats for driver and passenger, it's the size and shape of the seats, it's the quality of the leather used. These seats are some of the best "thrones" in any SUV at any price, new or used. Speaking of used, they also hold up very well. Go have a look at a late model GM SUV? Yukon Denali? any Chevy? Even the almighty Escalade, have a look at the seat cushion and seat cover after 40-50K? They are a joke. Cheap is an understatement on many of these vehicles. VW no longer offers the Touareg here in NA, they now have the car based Atlas. Crack the door open on one of those and compare the materials, fit and finish to a used Touareg and you will see what I mean. Like any vehicle, the Touareg has its weaknesses as well. They are more expensive to maintain than say a Jeep Grand Cherokee. If not properly maintained, they can cost a bundle to repair. These are highly capable vehicles with full time AWD. (4Motion in VW speak), as a result they are fairly heavy (about 4700#) and fuel economy suffers. Of course these were offered with an excellent 3.0L V6 diesel engine, which can (depending on usage) greatly improve fuel economy, but do your homework on fuel cost, cost to maintain, etc...see if it "works" for you? The other engine offered is a 3.6L V6. It has 280hp and in most situations it's more than acceptable, but a bit thirsty. When new, these vehicles came with a 10yrs. or 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Many websites and even VW dealers have the powertrain warranty at 5yrs./60K?? That information is WRONG for the Touareg. Again, do your homework, check with VW of America directly. In summary, if you want a highly capable, well built, luxury SUV and your more interested in impressing yourself than the clueless masses, give the Touareg a look.