The Touareg gets an overhauled engine lineup for 2007 in the form of a new V-6, an improved V-8, and the return of the V-10 TDI turbodiesel. New options include keyless ignition, a power-operated lift gate, and adaptive bi-xenon headlights that swivel to follow the road.
The idea of a premium sport utility vehicle from the company best known for the Beetle may have seemed a bit silly at first, but no one laughed when VW unveiled the Touareg in 2004. The technically advanced Touareg combined sure-footed off-road ability with surprisingly Germanic road manners.
The 2007 model year marks the biggest round of changes to the Touareg thus far. The base 3.2-liter V-6 gives way to a 3.6-liter unit with FSI direct fuel injection. The new engine delivers 276 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque-an increase of 36 hp and 37 lb.-ft.-yet EPA fuel economy estimates are unchanged on the city cycle and only 1 mpg lower on the highway. The optional 4.2-liter V-8 also gets the FSI treatment and a power boost, from 310 to 350 hp and 302 to 342 lb.-ft. Fuel economy estimates for the V-8 are unchanged for the city cycle and increase by 1 mpg on the highway. But the most anticipated engine is the 5.0-liter 10-cylinder TDI turbodiesel. With 310 hp and a mind-boggling 553 lb.-ft. of torque, the TDI is both the fastest and the most frugal version of the Touareg, and can tow over 7,700 pounds.
All Touaregs feature a 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic manual control and a fully-automatic all-wheel-drive system with a low range and electronic hill descent control. Front, side, and side curtain air bags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; and electronic stability control are also standard across the board, as are comfort and convenience features such as dual-zone climate control (four-zone is optional) and heated leather seats. A height-adjustable air suspension is optional on vehicles equipped with the V-6 or V-8 engine and standard with the TDI. The Touareg comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage.
The Volkswagen Touareg competes in the Midsize Premium Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 14 models. Buyers in this segment look for quality, reliability, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Lexus RX Series (108,348 units sold), Acura MDX (54,121), and Volvo XC90 (33,200). The Volkswagen Touareg sold 10,163 units in 2006, a decrease of 43.7 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Premium CUV segment include the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, BMW X5, Infiniti FX-Series, Cadillac SRX, and Mercedes-Benz R-Class. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Lincoln MKX.
|V6 (A6)||6 speed automatic||$38,110||280-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl||16/20|
|V8 (A6)||6 speed automatic||$43,110||350-hp / 4.2L 8-cyl||14/19|
|V10 TDI (A6)||6 speed automatic||$59,140||310-hp / 5.0L 10-cyl||17/22|