2017 Volkswagen Touareg

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in Midsize SUVs
2017 MODEL
$49,495 - $60,195 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

The Volkswagen flagship and the most technology savvy car to come out from the Volkswagen factory, the VW Touareg is out again with its third generation and this one is different from the previous ones. The new Touareg has exchanged its off-road nature and muscular built for a more premium look so that it can now, genuinely compete with the likes of the Honda Pilot LX, the Hyundai Santa Fe and the GMC Acadia Denali.

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Pros

Peppy engine

Impressive Towing Capacity

Cons

High pricing

Low on Cargo Space

Underperforming V6 engine

What's New?

Driver Assistance now Standard

Rearview Parking Camera

Diesel Option is discontinued


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$49495

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

220 cu. in.

horsepower

280 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

266 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.7 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

113.9 in.

length

188.8 in.

width

76.4 in.

height

68.2 in.

curb weight

4696 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

32.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

4600 lbs.

payload capacity

1239 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/19/23 mpg

highway range

607.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Volkswagen Touareg in Sand Gold Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Touareg in Reflex Silver Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Touareg in Reef Blue Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Touareg in Pure White color  2017 Volkswagen Touareg in Moonlight Blue Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Touareg in Deep Red Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Touareg in Deep Black Pearl color  2017 Volkswagen Touareg in Canyon Gray Metallic color
Sand Gold Metallic

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Ratings

Safety

8.3

Exterior

8.6

Engine

7.8

Interior

8.1

Fuel Economy

6.4

Features

6.1

Comfort

7.2

Driving

8.4

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Volkswagen Touareg V6 Sport

V6 Sport

power
280 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$49,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V6 Sport w/Technology 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $49,495 MSRP (17/19/23) 280 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Volkswagen Touareg V6 Wolfsburg Edition

V6 Wolfsburg Edition

power
280 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$52,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V6 Wolfsburg Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $52,795 MSRP (17/19/23) 280 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Volkswagen Touareg V6 Executive

V6 Executive

power
280 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
19 combined

$60,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V6 Executive 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $60,195 MSRP (17/19/23) 280 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 8, 2019

7.6

Overall Rating


7.8/10
Engine

 

6.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Interior

 

8.6/10
Exterior

 

8.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

Starting with a price of $49,495, the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV is a bit too much expensive than all its rivals, but that is expected with the features on offer. It is fair to say that this car has the capabilities to compete with the Mercedes and the Audi clan too. The Touareg offers long distance ride comfort, with quality interiors. It does not have a lot of flaws, and easily scores above its rivals in various parameters.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Engine

7.8/10

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV is powered by a 3.6L V-6 turbocharged Engine at produces 280 hp of power and 266 lb-ft of torque, which provides rear wheel drive with 8 speed automatic transmission as standard.

The starting of this car can be a bit jarring and gives best results when run on gasoline.

Models Volkswagen Touareg V6 sport Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe GMC Acadia Denali
MSRP $49,495 $30,595 $30,800 $46,920
Engine 3.6L V6 3.5-liter V-6 engine 3.3-liter V-6 engine 3.6-liter V-6 engine
Transmission 8-speed automatic 6-Speed Automatic Transmission 6-Speed Automatic Transmission 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower 280hp 280 hp 290 hp 310 hp
Torque 266 lb-ft 262 lb.-ft. 252 lb-ft. 271 lb.-ft.

All the rivals are somewhat different in this regard with the Pilot giving a 3.5-liter version and the Santa Fe and the Acadia with 3.3 and 3.6-liters engine respectively. The good thing is that they generate almost equal power generations to go with it.

Acceleration

The Volkswagen is not known for its fast acceleration and this is something which was just about par for Touarag, taking 7.5 seconds to cover 60 mph and 15.7 seconds to cover the quarter mile.

Models Volkswagen Touareg V6 sport Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe GMC Acadia Denali
0-60 MPH 7.5 sec 6.1 sec 6.7 sec 6.3 sec
Quarter mile 15.7 sec 15.1 sec 15.2 sec 15.0 sec
Engine 3.6L 3.5L 3.3L 3.6L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A 8.0 NA 8.4

The thing which is worrisome is the fact that all the other three rivals are way quicker than the Tuoareg and this is something which the VW must look at.

Handling and Steering

Like the case with all Volkswagen, this is where the car feels alive with a smooth pickup and a steering wheel that requires minimal effort for turning.

The car is agile around the corners too and makes the Driver very comfortable especially while driving at high speeds on the highway.

Braking

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV braking does exceptionally well consider the acceleration that it has. It takes the least, a 123 feet to stop from 60 mph.

Model Volkswagen Touareg V6 sport Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe GMC Acadia Denali
Brake Front (in.) N/A 12.6 12.6 17.0
Brake Rear (in.) 13.0 13.0 11.9 17.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4696 4054 4026 3956
60-0 MPH (ft.) 123 128 125 126

While the Tuoareg is the quickest to stop, the others are not far off either. While the Santa Fe is a close second with 125 feet, the Denali and the Pilot are just a feet apart too, making this head to head pretty tight.

Dimension and Weight

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV is the heaviest car in this segment and that too by a big margin. However, the solid and muscular built has always been associated with the Volkswagen brand, and this is something which makes the driver very confident.

Model Volkswagen Touareg V6 sport Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe GMC Acadia Denali
Curb weight (lbs.) 4696 4054 4026 3956
Length(in) 188.8 194.5 193.1 193.6
Width(in) 76.4 78.6 74.2 75.4
Height(in) 68.2 69.8 66.5 66.0
Ground clearance (in) 7.9 NA 7.3 7.2
Wheelbase (in) 113.9 111 110.2 112.5
Track width (in) F/R 65.2/66.0 66.3/66.3 64.1/64.5 64.5/64.5

The Honda here has the best dimensions leading to a best in class space on the inside as well. The Tuoareg too does pretty decently in this regard. While the Santa fe is pretty tight in the rear in this regard.

The Tuoareg, despite ditching its off road nature, still has the best in class ground clearance with 7.9 feet, practically showing the difference between the best and the worst.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Fuel Economy

6.4/10

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV gives a mileage of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. With a combined mpg of 19, this car is pretty good in this regard too, considering the bigger engine.

Model Volkswagen Touareg V6 sport Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe GMC Acadia Denali
MPG (city) 17 19 18 18
MPG (highway) 23 27 25 25
MPG (combined) 19 22 21 21

All the rivals are pretty comparable here too, with the other three offering a combined economy of around 21 mpg. While the VW is the least here, as mentioned earlier, its capabilities are somewhat different.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Interior

8.1/10

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is a sports utility vehicle which accommodates 5 people. It provides heated and cooled seating as well. The passenger rear seats are also electrically powered. It also houses the driver- seat memory system settings, which shifts the seats as per the preference of the driver beforehand.

Model Volkswagen Touareg V6 sport Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe GMC Acadia Denali
Passenger capacity 5 8 7 6
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.6/41.4/59.8 40.1/62.0/40.9 39.9/59.4/41.3 40.3/NA/41.0
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/56.7/36.7 40.2/62.0/38.4 39.4/58.3/40.4 NA/58.7/39.7

The seats are 14 way electronically powered providing ample support to the driver. They are power adjustable and heated. They are made of premium synthetic leather upholstery. Add to that leather wrapped steering wheel can be adjusted as per preference of the driver.

Interior Features

The interior features include:

  • 8 -way power driver seat
  • 8 -way power passenger seat
  • Bucket front seats
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Leatherette
  • Multi-level heating driver seat
  • Multi-level heating passenger seat
  • Driver seat with manual adjustable lumbar support
  • Passenger seat with manual adjustable lumbar support
  • Rear Seats
  • Folding center armrest
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Split-folding rear seatback
  • 2 one-touch power windows
  • Hands-free entry
  • Heated mirrors

Infotainment

The Volkswagen infotainment has always been easy to use and understand, and this one is no different. It does as all the necessary features as well. However, it does have the basic features like:

  • 3 Months of provided satellite radio service
  • 8 total speakers
  • DVD player
  • USB connection
  • Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
  • Memory card slot
  • Satellite radio satellite radio
  • Speed sensitive volume control
  • Video monitor
  • AM/FM stereo

Cargo

The 2017 VW Tuoareg doesn' t boast of the best trunk in this segment. It is not even close to the best. However, The trunk of the Touareg can easily hold a few duffle bags among others. It has a wide opening with a flat surface, which is good for inserting and removing those heavy bags.

Model Volkswagen Touareg V6 sport Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe GMC Acadia Denali
Cargo Volume to seat 3 (ft.3) 64.0 83.9 80.0 79.0
Cargo Volume to seat 2 (ft.3) 32.1 46.8 40.9 41.7
Cargo Volume to seat 1 (ft.3) N/A 16.5 13.5 12.8

All the other three rivals, the Honda, Hyundai and the GMC have pretty much the same sized trunk of around 80 ft3. It is the VW which lags a fair bit behind in this case and is something the VW engineers must have to look into.

Towing Capacity

The powerful, heavyweight and the Muscular Tuoareg is the perfect car for this segment with a towing capacity of 7716 lbs. All the other three cars have pretty much half the value of the Volkswagen, proving the dominance the Tuoareg has over this segment.

Model Volkswagen Touareg V6 sport Honda Pilot LX Hyundai Santa Fe GMC Acadia Denali
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 7716 3500 5000 4000

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Exterior

8.6/10

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Privacy glass
  • Rear defogger
  • Roof rack
  • Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
  • Manual flip-up lifgate window
  • Rear hands-free power liftgate door
  • Trailer hitch

 

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Safety

8.3/10

2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV Safety Rating and Features

 

IIHS Ratings
Category IIHS Rating
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Advanced

 

Safety Features

  • Driver and passenger front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system†
  • 3-point safety belts for all 5 seating positions; belt force limiters for all 5 seats and belt pre-tensioners for front seats
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor points
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Side Curtain Protection® head airbags, front, and rear

 

NHTSA is yet to rate the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV.

 

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Competition

Honda Pilot LX Vs Volkswagen Touareg

While the Honda does have a better pickup and acceleration along with the trunk capacity of the Touareg, it is genuinely a no match for the Volkswagen as the main purpose of the SUV is what the VW specializes in.

With a better feel and interiors, along with a better ground clearance and towing capacity, not to mention the built quality, and the Honda is of no match to the Touareg.

Hyundai Santa Fe Vs Volkswagen Touareg

The fight between the Volkswagen and the Hyundai goes right down to the wire. Both generate almost equal figures in the engine capacity and the fuel economy. The cargo capacity is where the Hyundai is a clear winner, and rightly so, as it is pretty close to the best in class.

However, again like in the case of the Pilot, the Volkswagen scores on all the crucial aspects of an SUV and is a clear winner here too.

GMC Acadia Denali Vs Volkswagen Touareg

Again, like in the other two cases, the Denali manages just about equal figures of power and torque to that of the Touareg. It does pretty well in all other aspects as well.

However, with such a high price and lack of premium qualities, make the Volkswagen Touareg a clear winner here too.

 

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Final Verdict

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg SUV is a seriously good vehicle which can envy many, and quite expectedly, it scores over the GMC Acadia Denali and the Hyundai Santa Fe easily.

However, its fight is with theHonda Pilot LX. Both these cars go head to head and come out equal in almost all the parameters, with the engine capacity, fuel economy and the pick up being a few. However, while the Honda scores on the technical aspects, the Volkswagen is easily the best when the Physical aspects are considered.

So, if you want a typical, Muscular looking SUV with great interiors, the Volkswagen Tuoareg is the car for you, while a more technical pick would be the Honda Pilot.