|Premium midsize SUV; Built in Germany|
|Good condition price range: $19,500 – $33,700*|
2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 Front
2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 Rear
2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 Interior
2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 Profile
Any Touareg 2 rewards with first-class cabin decor, competent SUV road manners, and terrific off-road prowess. When new, Touareg 2 has been pricey for a Volkswagen, on par with Lexus and Mercedes-Benz rivals that offer superior brand prestige and customer care. Resale value trails those premium models, which could be good news for secondhand Touareg shoppers.
Volkswagen first launched the Touareg in 2003. Renamed Touareg 2 for 2008, the premium midsize sport-utility vehicle got mild styling changes, greater power, and additional standard features. This five-passenger four-door wagon came with all-wheel drive. Developed with Porsche, which offered its own version as the Cayenne, the Touareg 2 also lent its basic design to Audi’s Q7 premium large SUV. Competitors included the Acura MDX, Land Rover LR3, and Volvo XC90.
Modifications to the grille and taillamps were the main styling updates, while 19-inch wheels replaced 18s as standard on V8 and V10 models. The V6 model had 280 horsepower for 2008, and the V8 model reached 350. Both were 40-hp increases. (Volkswagen said a limited number of 2007 Touaregs had been available with similar power increases.) The V10 model’s turbodiesel remained at 310 hp. All Touareg 2s had a six-speed automatic transmission. Designed for off-roading, the AWD system included low-range gearing and a locking center differential; a locking rear differential was optional.
Standard safety equipment included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. The V10’s height-adjustable air suspension was optional for other models. Former options that were now standard included a power liftgate, power driver’s seat, and front/rear obstacle detection. Leather upholstery was optional on the V6 and standard on other models. Options included keyless entry/starting, a navigation system, rearview camera, and heated rear seats.
|2009 Touareg 2
After the 2009 model year began, a new TDI (diesel) engine replaced the prior V10 diesel. The new 3.0-liter turbodiesel produced 221 horsepower. A new high-end Lux Limited trim package also became available. Touaregs could tow as much as 7716 pounds.
|2010 Touareg 2
The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg 2 lineup underwent a few changes, including the discontinuation of the available V8 engine.