My wife and I were in the market for an SUV, and we ended up settling on a 2014 Volkswagen Touareg Sport. The longer that time has gone on, the more convinced I am that it is quite possibly the best used SUV you can buy for the money — and the happier I am with the purchase.
First and foremost, there’s no SUV you can buy for $20,000 that’s as nice as a second-generation Touareg. Doug recently outlined just how loaded even the base models can be, with adaptive LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power lift gate, and navigation. Further, while it isn’t as capable off-road as the older generations with their locking differentials, the second generation also has some electronic off-road assistance features like an off-road mode that includes hill-descent control. The capabilities don’t stop there — because believe it or not, even the V6 variants of the Touareg are rated to tow 7,700 pounds, which is more than almost any other unibody SUV out there. Remember, this is an SUV that was meant to compete with the BMW X5 when new, but it’s now priced like a Honda HR-V.
While the Touareg seems like a great deal just based on the spec sheet and the standard features, I’ve been most impressed by how it drives. It isn’t necessarily sporty, but it is one of the more comfortable cars I’ve driven. The front seats are downright plush, and the Touareg soaks up bumpy roads like they’re nothing. My wife and I drove to South Carolina recently, and the Touareg sailed effortlessly over the notoriously bumpy and poorly maintained road surface of their interstates. The suspension kept the bumps from translating to our backsides, while the tightly insulated body made road noise a non-issue. Throw in a 26-gallon gas tank and an observed fuel economy of 25 mpg, and you have a recipe for an SUV that’s perfect for long haul road trips. My wife and I have made the 6-hour trip south countless times in a variety of vehicles, but we’ve never arrived in such a good mood as we did when we drove the Touareg.
The biggest issue most people have with the Touareg is the reliability, which is partially the reason why it depreciated so heavily. However, the second-generation Touareg just isn’t that unreliable. Volkswagen did away with a lot of the more unreliable and complicated parts that people generally didn’t use, and the basic engines of the generation are the venerable VR6 that has been made by VW forever in some form or another. Additionally, the 2014 Touareg, in particular, was sold with a transferrable 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, meaning I’ve still got 60,000 miles of warranty coverage should something go wrong.
All in all, my wife and I are incredibly pleased with our purchase. I simply don’t think there was another vehicle in our price range that can match the Volkswagen Touareg on capability, price, comfort and features. It has to be one of the best kept used car secrets in the entire industry. Find a Volkswagen Touareg for sale