What Is It?
The Volkswagen Touareg is a midsize SUV that’s revised for the latest model year to offer an updated look and new equipment. Stopping short of a full redesign, the 2015 Touareg boasts several new features designed to keep the SUV current in the face of increasingly competitive rivals.
On the outside, updates to the Touareg are largely confined to the front end. That’s where the Touareg boasts a totally new bumper designed to give the SUV a sportier, more modern look than today’s model. The Touareg is also updated in back, though updates to its rear end — including a new bumper — don’t go as far as changes to the front.
Inside, the Touareg offers several new features over today’s model. There are larger bi-xenon headlights for improved visibility, a coasting function for better gas mileage, Google Maps integration in the navigation system and a post-collision braking system designed to help prevent further damage after an accident. A sporty Touareg R-Line model is also headed for U.S. dealers.
Under the hood, the Touareg remains unchanged from today’s model. The Touareg V6 still offers a 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, while Touareg TDI models use a 240-hp turbodiesel V6. Also available is a Touareg Hybrid that boasts a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 capable of delivering up to 380 hp.
Volkswagen hasn’t announced pricing yet, but we’d expect similar figures to the current starting price of around $45,500 with shipping.
When Can You Get It?
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The Volkswagen Touareg has historically been a luxury SUV for shoppers who don’t need or want their SUV to come from a high-end brand such as Mercedes or BMW. The latest Touareg seems to continue that tradition, offering upscale interior materials and opulent new features in a Volkswagen wrapper. It may not be the most popular choice in the luxury-SUV world, but it’s still a good one, especially given its three enticing engine options.
Other Cars to Consider
Audi Q7 — Essentially a larger Touareg with different styling and an Audi badge, the Q7 offers an excellent alternative for shoppers who need 3-row seating and want their SUV to come from a luxury brand.
Lexus RX — Though the Lexus‘ interior materials aren’t quite on the same level as the Touareg’s, the RX features many of the high-end touches offered in the Touareg for less money. The RX also offers an appealing hybrid version to rival the slow-selling Touareg Hybrid.
Porsche Cayenne — The sporty Porsche Cayenne is largely similar to the Touareg, to the point where much of the two SUVs’ early production is done in the same plant. The Cayenne is more expensive than the Touareg, but not by much, and both vehicles offer the same V6, diesel and hybrid powertrains.