February 12, 2011

Volkswagen Touareg

Comparatively unchanged since previous year, the 2011 Touareg adds a few new features, such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure assist, and updates its navigation system to be hard-drive based. The huge information, however, is the disappearance of the Turbodiesel TDI engine, which may let down buyers aware of fuel costs. As of 2011, this AWD SUV comes in only two trims, based on their particular FSI engines. The VR6 houses a 3.6-liter, 280-hp V6 that gets 16/20 mpg. The 4.2-liter V8 puts out 350 hp with 12/17 mpg. Both engines come matching with a 6-speed automatic. Its limit towing capacity of 7,716 pounds surpasses many of the Touareg's competitors.

A crowd of creature comforts hints at the 2011 Touareg's luxury trimmings. The VR6 features 18-inch wheels, power front seats, heated seats, leather upholstery, a power lift gate, sunroof, and wheel-mounted audio and cruise control, with the V8 adding wood trim, memory settings, an adjustable air suspension, and larger 19-inch wheels. The adjustable suspension increases ground clearance to 11.8 inches, which comes in versatile when driving this SUV off road. The strong AWD system features low-range gearing and a locking center differential. ABS brakes, traction and stability control, Hill Descent Control, and dual front-side and side curtain airbags for both rows make up the safety equipment, which earns the 2011 Touareg five stars.
Need of back passenger room and a small cargo area (31 cubic feet, expandable to 71) may help explain the Touareg's monotonous sales. Contrasting many competitors, the Touareg does not present a third row, even as an alternative. Rear seats do split-fold flat, but require a cumbersome process to do so. The cargo area sits high and lacks depth. A roof rack is standard on both trims.
The Touareg 2's heavy curb weight (it's one of the heavier SUVs on the market) puts a lot of heaviness on the underpowered V6. Other complaints embrace the lack of a third row, difficult entry and exit to the second row, and poor fuel economy. For a luxury SUV, reported interior rattles also seem poor. On the upside, the 2011 Touareg exhibits dazzling off-road performance, powerful acceleration with the V8, and a stretched list of standard features.


  1. 3.0 TDI 176KW are the ones sold in Nepal. No way this engine is going to phase out.

  2. Volkswagen Touareg is one of the first luxury SUVs. This car was able to combine the convenience of a sedan, excellent properties and dynamics of a sports utility vehicle


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