TDI Executive 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
Just bought one of the "re-engineered Touaregs that have been coming on the marketing. Car was the dealer's car, so I don't think it was ever taken out of service, but I could be wrong. With 19,000 miles on it I purchased it for 28% off list price which I consider a fair deal, but not a great deal. I had my eye on one of these for some time, and had watched a number of reviews, mostly very favorable. Overall, the car in white looks very sharp and people sometimes confuse it for a Porsche (built on the same platform as the Cayenne). So far, so good with the car. It has a great ride,-handling balance, the diesel motor gets me around 21 mph overall driving in sport mode, it is quiet and overall a very nice vehicle to be in and to drive.
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
280 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
266 @ 2,500
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
This is a nice and smooth V6, yet it revs pretty hard. It sounds good, too. The upshifts, which come between 6,200-6,400 rpm depending on the gear, are slow but relatively smooth. The acceleration times were all quite similar, regardless of whether traction control was on or off, the transmission was in Sport or Drive or whether we used power-braking (overlapping throttle and brake prior to launch to bring the revs up) or not. With all-wheel drive and modest power, it got perfect traction every time without any wheelspin. Manual shifting is via the console lever (pull back for downshifts). It does not hold gears to a rev limiter, but it at least makes an attempt to blip the throttle on downshifts.
There's a noticeable amount of nosedive on this Touareg, but not significantly more than other luxury SUVs. The pedal was a bit spongy, though, with a pretty long travel. The travel and sponginess both increased slightly on later stops, with pedal fade and major brake odor on the last couple of stops. Regardless, the Touareg stopped with good stability every time, with only a small amount of side-to-side wiggle. The stops did lengthen with each run (corresponding to the pedal fade). As such, the first stop was the shortest at 114 feet and the fifth and final stop was the longest at 126 feet.
Slalom: Very good control for an SUV. Though it's still tall and has a lot of lean, it goes where it's pointed better than many others. There's reasonable damping, and the steering offers predictable feedback. ESC offers a good safety net without being prohibitive. Skid pad: TC off makes this SUV far more drivable and even fun. It rotates, is predictable and still feels stable, even with the reins loosened. With ESC on, the playfulness is gone and it's replaced by understeer. This is a well-tuned SUV that offers some driving reward. Overall, quite impressive.