The Volkswagen Touareg SUV completes 2 points for the VW brand name. The Touareg likewise shamelessly flirts with the line between the mainstream and luxury markets, which suggests present Jetta and Passat owners could update to a better car without having to leave the brand name.
Requirement Features & Options
The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is offered in 4 trim levels: Sport, Lux, R-Line and Executive. These trims put on both offered engine choices (VR6 and TDI). There’s also a different, limited-production Hybrid version.
The entry-level Sport ($44,905) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, xenon fronts lights with LED accents, fog lights, a power tailgate, a leather-wrapped multifunction guiding wheel with tilt/telescopic adjustability, 8-way energy heated up front seats, a reclining and sliding rear seat, leatherette furniture, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automated climate control and an 8-speaker audio system with a touchscreen interface, a 6-CD changer, iPod combination, an SD-card viewers and satellite radio. Optional on Sport is a hard-drive-based site navigation software with electronic popular music storage space and an 8-in screen; this option also features auto parking sensing units and keyless entry/ignition.
The Lux ($52,385) starts with the navigation-equipped Sport’s features and includes 19-in alloy tires, a scenic sunroof, heated exterior mirrors, wood-grain interior trim, 12-way energy front seats with adjustable lumbar and driver-memory functions, leather furniture and power-folding rear seats.
The R-Line ($55,025) adds a sporting activity suspension, 20-in alloy tires, R-Line badging, LED taillights, sportier front and rear bumpers, side skirts, brushed-aluminum interior trim, stainless-steel pedals, a black headliner, an R-badged steering wheel and special doorsill kickplates.
The Executive ($58,270) decreases the R-Line’s flashy add-ons (other than the LED taillights) however boasts various 20-in alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, an extended area-view parking camera and a 620-watt Dynaudio sound system.
The Hybrid ($65,080) mostly shares the Lux’s tools roster however obtains the area-view cam and unique Vavona timber trim from the Executive.
The 32.1-cu ft cargo location behind the Touareg’s rear seat is competitive, however most cars this big can do much better compared to 64 maximum cu foot with the back seat-backs folded. A minimum of the folding process is a breeze thanks to conveniently located power switches behind the freight bay.
The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg has common stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and six airbags (front, front-side, and full-length side-curtain).
The government hasn’t crash checked this Touareg, but the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Touareg its highest ranking of Good in every testing classification.
2014 Volkswagen Touareg Gas Economy
All Touareg models come with all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The mainstream versions supply an option of two engines.
The 3.6-liter gas V6 is rated at 280 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economic situation checks in at an Environmental Protection Agency score of 17 miles per gallon city/23 mpg freeway.
The Touareg TDI features a 3-liter turbodiesel V6 ranked at 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economic situation is 20 mpg city/29 mpg hwy, an impressive accomplishment for such a massive crossover.
As for the limited-circulation Touareg Hybrid, it rolls with a 3-liter supercharged V6 that’s joined a power motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery group. Overall outcome is a whopping 380 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. Being an appropriate dual-mode hybrid, the Touareg Hybrid could technically accelerate to 30 miles per hour only on electricity energy and its gas engine shuts down immediately during light throttle applications. The Hybrid’s 20 mpg city/24 mpg hwy rating makes us ask yourself why any individual would choose it over the less expensive, more prudent TDI.
Volkswagen Touareg VR6 FSI Sport ($42,975), Sport with Navi ($44,995), Lux ($48,855), Executive ($54,255); V6 TDI Clean Diesel Sport ($46,475), Sport with Navi ($48,495), Lux ($52,355), Executive ($57,755); V6 TSI Hybrid ($61,110).