Update: After having severe transmission issues and many attempts to work with VW (I was hung up on by the customer advocate) I decided to sell my Toureg. I lost about $9000 getting out of this terrible car. I love my new car. I will NEVER buy another vehicle from VW. They are not trustworthy or ethical. There are a lot of manufacturers out there, stay away from VW. My 2015 Touareg has transmission issues, and issues with the Infotainment Center. I actually backed into a car because the backup camera shut off as I was backing up. Bluetooth quality is poor. Transmission does not shift well at lower speeds. My car has developed rattling noises that I cannot track down. I don't know what happened but VW seems to be cutting corners in the wrong area's. Quality Control is suffering. Dealership told me too bad. :( Update: After having my car in for service 8 times, the dealership (VW Scottsdale) told me the transmission issue was between me and VW. I opened a case with VW corporate, the representative told me they were dealing with bigger issues and hung up on me, closed my case. The transmission was unsafe at times as it would not shift up or down when accelerating, it would clunk and jerk at times, other times it shifted ok. Bottom line was VW did not want to correct the issue. They also had not intention of fixing the infotainment system. It takes 4-5 minutes for the system to boot up. They told me the best they could do was to disable Sirius and that would help the boot process. The dealer (General Manager at VW Scottsdale) told me he would buy my car for $34,000. His first offer was $40,000, when I told him I would take it he reduced his offer to $38,000. When I complained he further reduced his offer. I have lost all confidence in VW, especially the VW Scottsdale dealership. I finally traded in my VW Touareg for a Ford F 150 (which I love!). I lost over $12,000 in owning the Touareg for 14 months. Worst vehicle I have ever owned in 35 years of driving. Worst dealership and people I have ever done business with (VW and the Dealership).
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.