2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV in Brunswick OH

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2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV Overview

The standard features of the Volkswagen Touareg V6 Sport include 3.6L V-6 280hp engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, Climatronic automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, distance pacing, ABS and driveline traction control.

2017 Volkswagen
Touareg SUV

Starting at: $49,495

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Residual heat recirculation
  • Speed control
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - HomeLink
  • Navigation system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • Approach angle - 26 deg
  • Departure angle - 26 deg
  • Ground clearance (max) - 201mm (7.9")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 21 deg
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • Internal memory capacity (GB) - 18 GB
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 8
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Manual driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Manual passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather shift knob
  • Engine displacement - 3.6 L
  • Engine horsepower - 280hp @ 6,200RPM
  • Engine torque - 266 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 89.0mm x 96.4mm (3.50" x 3.80")
  • Compression ratio - 12.00 to 1
  • Payload - 562kg (1,239lbs)
  • Curb weight - 2,130kg (4,696lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,800kg (6,173lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 3,500kg (7,716lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,796mm (188.8")
  • Exterior body width - 1,941mm (76.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,732mm (68.2")
  • Wheelbase - 2,893mm (113.9")
  • Turning radius - 5.9m (19.5')
  • Front legroom - 1,052mm (41.4")
  • Rear legroom - 932mm (36.7")
  • Front headroom - 1,006mm (39.6")
  • Rear headroom - 988mm (38.9")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,519mm (59.8")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,440mm (56.7")
  • Passenger volume - 2,934L (103.6 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 909 L (32 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,812 L (64 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - power liftgate
  • Power liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Trailer hitch receiver
  • Engine liters - 3.6
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 280hp @ 6,200RPM
  • Torque - 266 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 8 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Tiptronic
  • Drive type - 4MOTION all-wheel drive
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 19mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 26.4gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 17mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 23mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 255/55HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 255/55HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • High intensity discharge headlights - Bi-Xenon
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - front and rear
  • Lane departure - warning
  • Blind spot sensor - Side Assist warning
  • Forward collision - mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
V6 Sport w/Technology 4MOTION 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV V6 Sport w/Technology 4MOTION Search New $49,495   280-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 23  
V6 Wolfsburg Edition (A8) 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV V6 Wolfsburg Edition (A8) Search New $52,795   280-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 23  
V6 Executive 4MOTION 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV V6 Executive 4MOTION Search New $60,195   280-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 23  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

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.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

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.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

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.


New Car Test Drive

The Touareg is stylish and thoughtfully engineered, but it’s slow and thirsty compared to rivals, and expensive. It’s also in its sixth year without a redesign.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Sport ($49,495) includes the leatherette upholstery with heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system, power-adjustable front seats, rearview camera, 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon adaptive front lighting, LED taillights. The Technology Package comes standard on the Sport and includes navigation, power tailgate, and safety equipment including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, and a blind spot monitor. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $910 destination charge.)

The 2017 Touareg Wolfsburg Edition ($52,795) adds brushed aluminum interior inlays, stainless steel door sills and pedals, a black headliner, two-tone ventilated leather seats, gray door inserts, contrast stitching, and 20-inch wheels in silver or black.

Touareg Executive ($60,195) includes 21-inch wheels, power adjustable steering column, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system.

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