2016 Touareg

2016 Volkswagen Touareg

2016 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; basic design is feeling a bit dated compared to some competitors

CG Says:

For 2016, the Volkswagen Touareg loses its line-topping Hybrid model but is otherwise unchanged. Lackluster demand suggests many buyers shun Touareg as too pricey for a VW, even though it undercuts some premium-brand rivals. Look past the mainstream badge, however, and you find a spacious, comfortable, classy SUV with pleasant road manners, high mechanical refinement, and terrific workmanship. Even with VW’s sullied reputation from its diesel-emissions cheating scandal, the Touareg’s 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. And thus far, the diesel V6 engines have not been affected by the emissions cheating scandal. The entire Touareg lineup is feeling rather long in the tooth, but if you’re SUV-shopping only among the usual premium brands, it may prove a pleasant surprise.

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: $42,705
Lux: $51,450
Executive: $59,745
TDI Sport: $50,245
TDI Lux: $54,950
TDI Executive: $63,245

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

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2016 Volkswagen Touareg