vw touareg 2016

 

Specs:

  • Engine Option 1: 3.6 V6 FSI Blue Motion Technology / 280 PS / Petrol
  • Engine Option 2: 3.0 V6 TSI / 290 PS / Petrol
  • Engine Option 3: 3.0 V6 TSI Hybrid / 333 PS / Petrol/Electric
  • Engine Option 4: V6 TDI BlueMotion Technology / 204 – 245 PS / Diesel
  • Engine Option 5: V8 TDI / 340 PS / Diesel
  • Fuel Consumption: Starting with 9.7 liters / 100 km
  • Curb Weight: 2231 Kg (4919 lb)
  • Size: L 4795,5 mm x W 1,940 mm x H 1,732 mm

The Good

If you’re after a good and well built SUV, a Volkswagen Touareg will always be a great choice. If we ignore the latest Dieselgate scandal, the German manufacturer makes some of the best cars money can buy, selling very well all over the world.

Due to its size, the Touareg won’t go unnoticed, not to mention that the size also makes it a very safe and easy to handle car. Also, despite the above mentioned emissions scandal, the 3-liter V6 TDI engine, with a smooth eight-speed automatic, is by far the best choice. It offers a more than enough amount of torque, but remains surprisingly quiet.

When opting for an SUV, it’s pretty obvious that you’re looking for a spacious car. Well, the VW Touareg is excellent from this point of view. It offers both head and leg space, not to mention the comfortable driving position. Also, the cargo capacity is more than enough as well, allowing you to pack everything you need and go for a long holiday.

The Bad

For the past two generations, Volkswagen used us with some very good looking exterior designs and the Touareg is no exception. However, things change a bit when we take a look at the interior. The layout is familiar, being very similar to the one used at previous models, with all the dials and gauges in the same places. Otherwise, we can say it’s very smart, with a lot of digitized functions and the four-wheel and climate controls located very conveniently.

Another aspect we noticed and seemed far from being perfect is how the Touareg acts on off-road. Sure, it has an electronic differential lock with teams with the 4Motion system, as well as the ability to lift with 300mm, thanks to the air suspension, but it doesn’t seem made for this. Anyway, you don’t buy a Touareg to take it off-road.

Finally, we must admit it: this car is expensive. With a starting price of $67,990, the mid-spec V6 TDI model can be a bit over $80,000, making it not-so-accessible for everybody.

Conclusion

Yes, it does have its minuses and it’s pricey, but we’re big fans of the Volkswagen Touareg, especially in the 3.0 V6 TDI / eight-speed automatic configuration. Around the city it can be very fun to drive, delivering a 7.4L/100 km combined fuel consumption, which in our book, for a 2000kg + car is more than just decent.

Besides this, it’s definitely a comfortable car, with great interior space and a high-end infotainment system, being perfect for long trips. Oh, and it looks great – it’s one of the best looking SUVs of the moment, if you ask us – so if you have the money for it, don’t hesitate for a moment.

What others say

www.caranddriver.com: “The name sounds odd, but the Touareg offers a comfortable ride and spirited performance—something we all can understand. Its 3.6-liter V-6 makes 280 hp and is mated to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The Touareg is large, comfortable, and solid—plus it’s equally at home both on and off the pavement.”

www.edmunds.com: “The 2016 Volkswagen Touareg is an impressive midsize luxury SUV with strong engines, a refined nature and stout towing capability. Its high price and/or non-luxury badge may be a tough pill to swallow, however.”