2017 Volkswagen Touareg Driving Impressions

The V6 engine makes 280 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, less than rivals, but enough to move the nearly 4700-pound Touareg reasonably well. And the 8-speed automatic makes the most of the power.

The Touareg handles better than might be expected for its weight. The steering is tuned more for cruising than cornering, but it’s nicely weighted and helps the vehicle feel relaxed. The Executive, with its 21-inch wheels and lower profile tires, rides stiffer.

There are no offroad modes, nor adjustable air suspension, but there are 7.9 inches of ground clearance, so there’s a modicum of unpaved road ability.

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