2014 Volkswagen Touareg Review By Kristin Varela — 2014 Volkswagen Touareg

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2014 Volkswagen Touareg

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By Kristin

I’m a little shocked to that the last time I a Volkswagen Touareg was a full ago, before I had a teenager and the two faint parallel lines my eyebrows to show for it (there are an number of smile lines in there, as well). While only starting to review vehicles, the VW Touareg is starting the off strong and might just as one of the decade’s most improved

Although the Touareg has improved it’s still missing a few that, at its high price, should be standard.

For 2014, VW has a new R-Line trim with a suspension and a few sporty-looking design into the Touareg lineup. out this year’s model with the 2013 version .

The Touareg, a five-seater, comes in R-Line, Lux and Executive trim Compare them side-by-side All four versions are available a gasoline or a more fuel-efficient engine. Check them out by side here. I drove the TDI Lux.

If paying a high makes you want a brand a little more status, you may the Audi Q5, Acura MDX, or M-Class with the Touareg. You can see differences side by side .

Exterior Styling

The new R-Line to the Touareg lineup distinguishes with, according to Volkswagen, an exterior appearance distinguished by front bumper fascia, skirts, R-Line badges, LED and oval-shaped dual exhaust at the rear. Twenty-inch aluminum-alloy add to the mean-machine look.

This is an SUV without being unnecessarily The eyelash LEDs around the headlights, combined with lower air scoops, create a of visual balance that’s one naughty macho, one part and sensitive.

How It Drives

I have to admit, I was a pretty rough, SUV-like in the 2014 Touareg, complete enough body roll in to make even stomachs of toss their cookies. The rather refined ride however, pleasantly surprised me.

is a fun car to drive. The 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated mpg city/highway/combined and has torque that like it will never even on the high-altitude roads I daily. I had to continually rein in from wanting to roar from every stoplight. It however, relatively easy to out my acceleration and create a calmer for comfortably moving the kids spilling their juice

In deceleration, which is always the Touareg felt linear and I had complete confidence in the braking and no bringing this 4,974-pound bull to a stop.

As with SUVs, the driver does a little disconnected from the but there was not as much tilt in the as I would have expected in a car large and heavy. For the most I was comfortable and didn’t feel as if I driving a floating boat.

As a my husband said the ride was comfortable and always felt and controlled, even when I was in a or testing the acceleration from a

The Touareg is a large SUV that much smaller, and its drivability a broad spectrum, from taking kids to school to up mountain passes or racing from stoplights, if you’re kind of driver.


The interior of my Touareg TDI Lux beautiful, rich chocolate-brown seats. As I have come to from Volkswagen’s pricier the interior felt luxurious the trim name) without too pretentious or museum-like.

I loved the roof, standard on all but the Sport which is becoming more on SUVs in this price It truly does transfer popular concept of inside/outside from your home to car, while maintaining a and hospitable environment inside. It was and easy to control the span of the with a simple twist of the Opening the screen and driving in a relative solarium allowed my to bask in the changing Colorado and colors of the fall leaves.

The seats feature 12-way adjustability, with enough to create the feel of a custom I was a little disappointed the side support wasn’t adjustable, at this price. While heat is included up front on all the ability to cool the seats is missing. I recently drove a Santa Fe that featured seats at a much lower and I quickly became attached.

are small in-door pockets in the front and rear doors, but lack integrated bottleholders. Up there are plenty of nooks and to store garage remotes, transponders, cell phones and and there’s even a perfectly little round place to the Touareg’s electronic key fob. On the of the key fob, the Touareg’s is large, in fairness seems to be the standard. it’s less of an issue for us who can keep it stashed in a dark of our purse, my husband continually on the bulky size of the fob, made it difficult to carry in his jeans pocket. He whined it felt like carrying a brick with him at all times. He my suggestion that he invest in a man

At any given time, two of my three (ages 9, 11 and 13) were comfortable in the and the brown leather seats great when it came to up spills and hiding the dirt and that seems to follow Pig-Pen-like, everywhere they go. The kid in the position, however, had to endure discomfort thanks to the seat (more details below in the section). They all had plenty of thanks to a sliding rear that can move up to 6.3 inches and forth. It also reclines a Netted compartments on the back of of the front seats stretched to ample storage for all the kids’

Surprisingly enough, there too many disagreements as to who would sit in the tight middle seat. My daughter actually volunteered to be the middle-seat lamb once she the standard home power that’s accessible from the seat, stashed at the back of the console. This allowed her to beef up the power on her iPad a school presentation. The fold-down in the center position has two cupholders but any additional storage capabilities.


With the constantly door of technological advances in every time I get a new test car I like I’m studying for the SAT trying to understand how to program the or adjust the temperature in the car. is one area in which the Touareg has exponentially over the years. version seems to have a comfortable balance between and ease of use. Buttons and were in naturally anticipated close at hand and clearly There was no need to navigate multiple touch-screen menus to change the radio station, the airflow or complete any other task.

While it took a couple of to pair my iPhone using the Bluetooth, when it finally did up it worked seamlessly. I was able to all my music, including iTunes through the audio system. calls were seamless, the speaker sounding clear on sides of the conversation. Even the backseat, the kids could communicate on an international call their grandparents in South

2014 Volkswagen Touareg

Cargo Storage

The Touareg like a small SUV, yet you open the back and start the 60/40-split seats, you realize you much more cargo and flexibility than you anticipated (64 feet with the seats If you need even more capability, you may want to direct attention toward the Mercedes-Benz and its 80.3 cubic feet of cargo space, or the Acura with 68.4 cubic The Audi Q5 brings up the rear just 57.3 cubic

Once you fold the Touareg’s seats, however, they protrude up a little rather lying completely flat, could limit the type of items you can load. (Come on, engineers, that’s why you get paid the big

While it is entertaining to watch the jumping up and down, trying to the button on the liftgate to close the cargo door, it is in fact a high to be completely functional. Cue new optional car feature: the foot-swipe When your hands are or you’re trying to control kids in a dangerous parking simply swipe your under the Touareg’s bumper to and close the liftgate.


Though crash have not yet been reported on the VW Touareg as of this writing, it been redesigned, so results Insurance Institute for Highway testing of the 2013 should The 2013 received the top score of in frontal-crash, side-impact, roof-strength and restraint tests, the latter of indicates whiplash protection in a impact.

Installing child-safety in the Touareg using the Latch will be an exercise in patience for who may already be thin on it. The lower are buried deep in the seat between the very stiff of the seat back and the bottom With little to no clearance the Latch anchor itself very little wiggle

The center rear seat buckle is also nearly It rotates up on a stiff, hinged base that is impossible for to use one-handed, even my 13-year-old. It one of her sisters sitting to the right of her to the buckle base and hold it up out of the way she shimmied into the middle before she could then the buckle. Once it was buckled, the hinge kept the buckle pressed up against her hip with uncomfortable pressure.

While may argue against the necessity of an of airbags, for me as a mom, more equals a more confident of safety for my precious cargo, that’s realistic or not. The Touareg has only six airbags; it the extra ones that are up in much less expensive

The Touareg Lux that I drove standard with a backup with onscreen guides to avoid any potentially deadly backovers. A 360-degree bird’s-eye-view is also available.

An advanced sensor system in the Touareg can the side curtain airbags if it a rollover is imminent. In addition to system, in the event of a collision, an crash-response system will the Touareg’s doors, disable the pump and turn on the hazard

See all the standard safety features .

Value in Its Class

While I can see the improvements the Touareg has made the past 10 years, unlike the of Volkswagen’s lineup, the Touareg seem to fit the mold of value for money. The price tag feels for what you get. As one of our readers if you’re going to pay for an Audi, why not buy an

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