2017 Volkswagen Touareg Walk Around

Consistent with Volkswagen design, the Touareg is mature while being sophisticated for its simplicity. The body doesn’t say anything other than SUV, although thin pillars and a low beltline mitigate the heavy appearance.


The cabin design is reminiscent of the Volkswagen Passat though with nicer materials and more features. The fit and finish far exceed the Volkswagens built in America and Mexico, as they should for the price. Still, we expect more of a high-end feel. The quality doesn’t match BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Range Rover, or Infiniti, but it’s close enough to be competitive.

Not surprisingly for VW, the position and function of the controls is clean and intuitive. No nonsense, and we appreciate the time and confusion it saves us. So too should drivers who don’t like distraction.

Curiously, the infotainment system doesn’t include Volkswagen’s CarNet system, which is similar to GM’s OnStar and offers diagnostic and convenience features through a smartphone app.

The front seats are excellent, with a high seating position offering good visibility through the windshield; thin roof pillars and low beltline add an airy feel to the cabin. However the tall and wide center console tends to make the front feel cramped, despite the good room in front.

There’s good room for three passengers in the rear, as the rear bench slides six inches. There’s no third-row seat like in the Audi Q7.

Cargo space is quite good, with a power-folding arrangement that yields a fully flat load floor. With the second row raised, there’s 64 cubic feet, a bit less than most rivals.

The Touareg Sport model has lots of shiny silver and gray plastic trim. The Wolfsburg Edition has brushed aluminum, and the Executive glossy wood. As for seating surfaces, the Sport has reasonably convincing leatherette, while the Wolfsburg and Executive have soft leather.

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