2007 VW Touareg V6 Sport Utility Vehicle Test Drive and New SUV Review — 2014 Volkswagen Touareg

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2014 Volkswagen Touareg

James Bond with a Accent

Pronounced wheel wide tires and a planted stance that combine to the Touareg a somewhat menacing

Bringing a decidedly Teutonic to the SUV, the VW Touareg is a slick, impressive vehicle that in the mid-level luxury segment of the It’s an impressive vehicle, but is it the price of entry? The 2007 V6 has a base price of $37,990 as tested), and comes with 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain and an EPA estimate of 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway. take a spin in this SUV and see if it delivers the goods.

First Brains, Brawn and Beauty

the last decade or two Volkswagen has a remarkable job of shedding it’s folksy, Beetle-esque corporate Although there still is a in the VW stable, the VW vehicles of today to be more well-known for technical and first-rate interior design. is the case with the Touareg, launched in late 2003 as first entry into the SUV market.

My test vehicle was a 2007 V6 loaded with a fair of options, including adjustable air navigation system and comfort upgrades. This vehicle was an 2007 model — VW to roll out a late-2007 update.

without the late-year makeover the styling is handsome, with wheel wells, wide and a planted road stance combine to give the Touareg a menacing presence. This definitely isn’t just as the heart of an off-roading monster under the stylish exterior.

I test drove the Touareg on a of roads, including some driving on unpaved, rutted and roads. My time with the convinced me that when it to onroad luxury and off-road you can have the best of both #13;

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In the Driver’s The Lap of Luxury

The dash is constructed high-quality materials, while gauges and buttons are assembled commendable fit and finish.

Photo © James

Sliding into the interior is easy, thanks to an step-in height (and the leather seats in my test The dash is constructed with materials, while panels, and buttons are assembled with fit and finish.

#13; The interior stumbles a bit when it comes to the and variety of knobs and switches, the unlabeled buttonsaround the nav display. labels identify their but this context-sensitive menu results in each button used for many different A touch-screen would have

One impressive safety feature was the sensor and rear-view camera, as options on my tester. The former with audio cues and lights when any corner of the gets too close to an obstacle, the later gives you an unobstructed to the rear when the transmission is into reverse.

The second row use the LATCH system for child car seats, but the anchors are difficult to being buried deeper in the between the seat cushions most of the other vehicles tested. Second row seating is for most adults, although a tad for taller passengers.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg

On the Road: to Perform

Touareg boasts impressive on and off-road performance. I handling to be smooth and predictable on all road surfaces, with the driving through the twisty exhibiting a minimum of body The Touareg is no sports car, but it handles better than of the SUVs on the road today.

I’ve recently driven a Hyundai Sante Fe and a 2006 Xterra. and the Touareg ably bumps, ruts and other irregularities more readily either of these vehicles. To be the extra $20,000 for the Touareg get you a well-tuned air suspension ($3600) and a co-developed with the Porsche but it’s impressive nonetheless.

The 3.6 liter V6 (new for 2007) an adequate job in most instances, and happen smoothly thanks to the tiptronic automatic transmission. The was a bit sluggish when fully-loaded, so if looking for more performance you can a more powerful V8 engine or the impressive V10 TDI turbo diesel, generates a stump-pulling 550+ of torque. ( Note: The updated V8 and V10 TDI be available in late 2007.)

End: Rich and Beautiful

The Touareg is an impressive mix of high-tech and subdued sophistication, essentially the of James Bond wearing boots and sporting a German

Photo © Jeff James

The is an impressive mix of high-tech gadgetry and sophistication, essentially the equivalent of Bond wearing hiking and sporting a German accent. All of gadgets and options do come at a at the as-tested price of just $50,000, the Touareg is starting to in the rarefied atmosphere of luxury from Mercedes, BMW and Cadillac. The gas — 16 city/ 20 highway is poor, although it does respectably in its vehicle segment. Of concern is the Touareg’s somewhat repair history, as reported by JD Power research. #13;

These gripes won’t many people who need an and they add up to little against a vehicle. Although showing its age in areas, the Touareg is still an polished and pleasant vehicle a spot on the test drive of any luxury SUV shopper.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg
2014 Volkswagen Touareg
2014 Volkswagen Touareg

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