2015 Touareg

2015 Volkswagen Touareg

Pros: Excellent performance and fuel economy from turbodiesel engine; well-tuned ride/handling balance; classy, comfortable, capacious cabin

Cons: So-so fuel economy and performance with base V6 engine; disappointing fuel economy from pricey Hybrid model

2015 Touareg

CG Says: For 2015, the Volkswagen Touareg gets some subtle styling updates, as well as a new suite of available safety features such as a blind-spot monitor, lane-keep assist, and a forward-collision warning and mitigation system. Lackluster demand suggests many buyers shun Touareg as too pricey for a VW, even though it undercuts some premium-brand rivals. Look past the badge, however, and you find a spacious, comfortable, classy SUV with pleasant road manners, high mechanical refinement, and terrific workmanship. A full range of power choices is another plus, but the turbodiesel TDI versions are clearly the best of the bunch. Though somewhat more expensive than comparable gasoline V6 models, they’re just as smooth and quiet, have far stronger midrange performance, and are much more fuel-efficient. The Hybrid is no less civilized and offers impressive performance, but its lower mpg is hard to justify against greater technical complexity and a much-higher starting price. Still, if you’re SUV-shopping only among the usual premium brands, the Touareg may prove a pleasant surprise.

2015 Touareg
The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Slovakia
Base Prices Sport: $44,705
Lux: $53,170
Executive: $58,700
TDI Sport: $52,245
TDI Lux: $56,670
TDI Executive: $62,200
Hybrid: $66,995

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
280
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6/electric
Horsepower
380
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

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2015 Volkswagen Touareg