2005 Volkswagen Touareg V8 Review — Volkswagen Touareg I

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2005 Volkswagen Touareg V8

DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD

CAREY RUSS

2005 Touareg V8

Being last to is not necessarily bad. It allows one to from the competition. Some emphasize urban luxury, and the off-road and cargo-carrying abilities of a car. Others are true workhorses, with the same level as a horse, too. was one of the last manufacturers to field a sport-utility vehicle, but when the finally arrived two years it offered one of the best combinations of car comfort and ambience and off-road truck ability.

The first I drove was a V6 model, two years I was in the process of moving at the time, and so myself of its large interior and load floor. Fold the down, and a Touareg can swallow a lot of The 3.2-liter, 220-horsepower (then) V6, while not overwhelmingly powerful, was up to the and has since been increased to 240 hp. around a year ago, I had a to drive one of the V10 TDI models. With 300 or so brought into the country, the was more of a trial balloon a regular production vehicle, but oh power.

As has been said, horsepower is you brag about, while is what you feel. And the 553 lb-ft of enough to break the tires under acceleration on dry pavement, was At that time, I was able to the TDI on an off-road course through fine deep, gooey with the odd sharp rock and trunk thrown in for comic Put it in low-range — yes, many a luxury SUV, all have a real dual-range drive system — the air suspension up all the way, to nearly 12 and gingerly go for it.

The one model I hadn’t had the to drive was the V8, but a recent week one solved that. It took the functional goodness of the V6 model and some serious power, 310 worth. The chassis was fully to take advantage of that easily, and the result was versatile that could be used to five people in style and comfort in town or in the country, or to a large amount of cargo. The will work for a trip to the or a camping expedition. Volkswagen’s SUV is a SUV that’s not afraid to get dirty. And it can a good tow truck, too, a 7,700-lb. ability in V8 trim.


APPEARANCE: There is little as to the Touareg’s manufacturer. Cover the VW logo in the center of the grille, and its bulging hood, rounded grille, and gently-rounded two-box it still looks more a little like a tall, chunky Passat wagon. A look shows pronounced and it is taller in proportion to its length, but the has all of the current Volkswagen styling It’s handsome in an understated, way, and has presence without overbearing.

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COMFORT: There is little in style and appointment between the and VW’s ultra-premium Phaeton Leather seats and wood and trim give the look of and it’s backed up by the quality of the the high comfort level of the and the low interior noise level. and physical control placement is good, and all are well-marked and easy to A very good air conditioning extends to the glove box. cool? Try the standard six-level heaters, in both front and rear seats. Power are strategically located in the front and cargo area. The rear folds flat with a split, and, despite the high ground clearance, the to the cargo area is not much than in a hatchback. Luxury utility in the VW Touareg.

SAFETY: The Touareg has the full complement of car safety features, from its construction to front and «Side Protection»(tm) airbags, three-point for all passengers, automatic unlocking of the and disabling of fuel and electrical in the event of a crash, and electronic and braking aids including .

RIDE AND HANDLING: Being the Touareg was designed to be at home on the where speeds can be in excess of 100 And it was also designed to have off-road ability. Those two parameters can easily be mutually as illustrated by any number of SUVs have poor highway or nonexistent off-road ability. combined the best of car and truck starting with a strong, car-like unibody structure provides a solid mount for the

Like an off-road truck, the has the ground clearance — 8.3 standard form and between 7.7 and inches with the variable-height air — and long travel for the ability to deal with off-road situations (or the odd urban zone. ). But, as in a car, suspension is fully independent, double wishbones in front and a system in the back. The standard springs can be replaced with the air system, which allows shock damping in addition to height, and my test Touareg was Highway and secondary road and handling were exemplary, the best of any SUV and comparable to a good luxury-sports sedan. The standard full-time four-wheel drive acts as a sophisticated all-wheel system most of the time, and can be in four-low for extreme duty off of A number of electronic control also help smooth situations. I didn’t have a for any serious off-road driving, but on earlier experiences, the Touareg well at that, if the owner has no with driving a $50,000 SUV in the dirt. Urban bumps, steel plates, and not-quite-covered can be ignored. Because of its solid construction and luxury-car level of the Touareg is as quiet as a luxury car on the

PERFORMANCE: The 4.2-liter V8 has no problem 5,300 lbs. of Touareg, and A dual overhead cam design, it has valves, three small and two exhausts, per cylinder for improved high power output, and low With 310 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 302 of torque between 3000 and rpm, it’s more ample, and can move the Touareg a standstill to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. It’s in its task by the six-speed automatic which features smooth close ratios, and «Tiptronic»(r) mode for a luxury-performance driving Towing ability is a strong lbs.

CONCLUSIONS: Volkswagen’s Touareg is a sport-utility that’s not afraid to get

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