The Volkswagen Touareg SUV is the only midsize SUV in the VW lineup, making it the best choice for those who are looking for something large or rugged enough for an active family. The newest VW Touareg in Tacoma offers plenty of luxury for this active family, but doesn’t demand the same price as other luxury midsize SUVs.
With its last redesign a couple of years ago, VW created a lighter version, with better detail on both the exterior and in the interior. Astoundingly–through the use of advanced materials and techniques–it engineered about 450 pounds out of the vehicle, gaining up to 20% better fuel efficiency.
The Touareg still offers way more truck-like ability than most other crossovers do–and more off-road and towing ability than most shoppers are likely to need. A slightly wider body, and somewhat longer wheelbase and length gave the design more of a conventional crossover-wagon look (and functionally, more space), while the interior layout remained much the same, with its more upright orientation compared to other family crossovers.
Functionally, the Touareg’s high seating position in front affords a good view out ahead. Front seats are excellent and there’s space for five, and the adult-sized rear bench can slide fore and aft more than six inches in all.
Ride quality is quite good, but the high seating position accentuates smaller motions and choppy pavement. The 2014 Touareg does in no way disappoint in providing a luxury-vehicle ambiance and long list of standard features. Leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and memory seats are all included in the base Sport model. Executive and Hybrid models add premium audio, rear-obstacle detection, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and starting, and heated rear seats. Major options include an impressive 620-watt Dynaudio premium sound system, and a navigation system with upgraded display and built-in music storage.
Base versions get a conventional gasoline V6 3.6-liter, providing 280 horsepower, while the clean-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 TDI has a strong torque output of 407 lb ft. and a towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds.
The Hybrid model combines a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with an electric motor system and offers a combined 380 horsepower and an EPA rating of 20 mpg in city driving.
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