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Pros: Shape and driving at speed.
Cons: The service is not up to BMW.
Advice: Buy it. Should get a good deal on most of the standard models.Replaced my 200 BMW 3 series. Drives as well and has great shape. Interior is much better. I like the dark grey with wood and metal the best. It is great in town and on the highway. An overall gem.
Pros: The ride is great and the interior is super.
Cons: Key must be removed from the ignition before the doors will unlock . At times passengers try to open doors while they are still locked.
Advice: Go for itI have owned the Touareg for about one month and enjoy it very much. Superior quality, very safe and rugged. A very comfortable ride. Many compliments from friends and strangers. Did alot of soul searching before deciding on this vehicle and I made the right choice.
Pros: Interior. Versatility.
Cons: I can't buy another one for my wife yet.
Advice: Give this one a very close look; you'll be happy!This is the most versatile vehicle on the market right now. I drove everything under the sun that was even remotely similar to this vehicle and found the Toureg to be the best. Certainly there are some vehicles that do individual tasks a little better, but none can do all of them so well. It has as much (maybe more) off-road capability as any Land Rover product and can easily out-handle even the Range Rover on the road. Their are sport utilities like the BMW X5 that are as good or slightly better on-road, but would be left behind in a hurry when the going got rough. The Touareg has a gorgeous, comfortable interior that has most of the high-end luxury features that anyone could want. It is a smooth, quiet and stable cruiser, a very sporty handler with the air suspension and will still climb trails that only a Hummer H1 or Jeep Wrangler can handle. The gas mileage leaves a little to be desired, but that's a small sacrifice for the overall goodness of this vehicle. For the money, there just isn't anything even close in this class.
Pros: The well thought out design!
Cons: That it took so long to come out!
Advice: Drive itI am a German car lover, and would consider any German car at least once. So, to say that I am biased about my ratings could have some validity, but also saying that I know what I like and I am also picky is valid as well. I have been waiting for the Microbus, and have been saying forever that VW was missing a great portion of the market by not offering a larger car, like they have in Europe. I had 2 Vanagons and a Eurovan, and loved the space they offered, but hated the problems with the head gaskets on the Vanagon. The Eurovan was my baby, but living in Arizona in 120 degrees, the air conditioning could not keep up without having vents in the back with the camper top. I said bye with a tear in my eye when the long awaited Touareg came out. I bought the V6 and can say that with the air conditioning on, I can see why people are saying to go for the more powerful V8. Other than that, and yes the low gas mileage, I have loved every inch of it. I constantly get asked about it, and when I see a Porsche Cayenne, I laugh knowing that I paid so much less, and have virtually the same car. It is a German car through and through...from the thud of the door closing. to all the carefully thought out details. What can I say, Fahrvernügen all the way...the Touareg is 2 thumbs up!
Pros: Interior appointments. Cargo space.
Cons: Gas mileage.
Advice: Unless you live in the deep back woods or on a rocky outcrop in the desert, walk away.I REALLY wanted to love this SUV! Honest. It’s not much to look at on the outside, I know, but on the inside, it’s a completely different story. I thought the cockpit was beautifully appointed. The seating incredibly comfortable. The sound system phenomenal. With the exception of the one major design flaw I found that requires you to remove the headrests before you can fold down the rear seat (what’s up with that??), the vehicle is just solidly built with great attention to detail. This vehicle had more bells and whistles than any other luxury SUV I test drove. The more time I spent with it, the more I fell in love with it, in spite of the $42,000 sticker price. But in the end, my heart broke when I saw the gas mileage; 15 city/20 highway. There's no way I could accept that. The salesman tried to make me feel better telling me about how well the Touareg is at fording streams and climbing over boulders in Utah. I heard about how well it self-levels climbing up and down steep, rocky inclines. Here’s a quote from Autosite.com “The numbers tell the tale. Angles of approach/break over/departure are 33/27/33 degrees respectively in air equipped Touareg's (vs. 28/22/28 steel). Ground clearance tops out at 8.3' in steel sprung VW's, while air versions can range from 6.3' to 11.8', depending on conditions.” Gee. How often will I need to know or use that? Hmmmm....never. Come on, Volkswagen, let’s get real. Are you building vehicles for the maybe 50 gear-heads nationally who religiously read Motor Trend and positively quiver over words like “torque” and “locking center differential?” Or would you like to start offering an SUV for the rest of us mini-van haters who’d just need to get around town while hauling kids and/or gear safely and while getting an acceptable gas mileage? And if it’s not to much to ask, how about it looking sharp as the Touareg as well. If you do, let me know. I'll be the first in line to buy one.
Pros: As close to an all purpose vehicle as anything on the market. Power, handling, capacity, luxury, you name it.
Cons: No third seat.
Advice: This is a steal for what it is.Drove all the contendors in this class and this one shines. It is luxurious and powerful. I have taken it off road and it was flawless. The air suspension is a real eye turner when you throw it into unload height in a parking lot and it eases down to 6 inches.
Pros: VW did their homework - lots of things but best=perfectly flat & gap-free cargo area
Cons: inside door handles are very small, can only lift latch by using two fingers, unnatural
Advice: Don't be scared of reports of the V6's power, try it out.Love it! Attention to both style and detail, comfortable ride, a real winner! I drove the V6 both city and highway, to gauge concerns that the V6 isn't powerful enough. My opinion is that acceleration isn't great but is acceptable, and its worth toting the extra weight to get the saftey & stability. In all other respects this vehicle is a dream, and seems fairly priced.