Little-Known Facts and History of the Volkswagen Touareg

Pros & Cons: Touareg's Most Unique Features

2004 VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG
The Volkswagen Touareg is comfortable on and offroad. VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA

The Touareg is Volkswagen's first official four-wheel drive SUV for the mainstream public, and it was built to be a leader in SUV design. Introduced in 2004, the 2½ ton Touareg is indeed a heavy hitter in the sport-ute market.

What Makes The Touareg Unique?

  • The air suspension package (standard on the V-10 version, an option on other versions) automatically raises or lowers the vehicle depending on road conditions and the speed you're driving. It can be activated manually as well.
  • Comes with a sophisticated "4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system" that splits torque evenly between the front and rear axles. It can also shift up to 100% of the power to either axle, depending on road conditions. Plus, it includes low-range gearing for serious off-roading.
  • It's the first SUV to offer two engines with more than eight cylinders.
  • Comes with Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System, which automatically unlocks doors in a collision, disconnects the battery, shuts off the fuel supply and high-power electric components, then calls OnStar on vehicles equipped with that option.
  • Compared with 4- and 5-speed units, Touareg's 6-speed automatic transmission improves acceleration and fuel economy while reducing emissions.
  • The 6-speed automatic comes with "regular" and "sport shift" modes, as well as an auto manual gate for drivers who want to pick their own gears.
  • Most surprising is the Touareg's ability to handle off-road driving with ease. It's a luxury SUV that can truly tackle anything you throw at it, despite the fact that it's built on a unibody frame.
  • All models offer minimum approach and departures angles of 28 degrees, perfect for offroading.
  • A clever addition to the center console area is a built-in rechargeable flashlight. It's about the size of your vehicle's cigarette lighter and provides a bright light for about 13 minutes.
  • Touareg also comes with "hill ascent" and "descent" features. The ascent feature keeps you from rolling back on steep inclines when you're not on the brakes, while the descent feature permits slow, steady descents down steep grades without braking.
  • While most in-vehicle navigation systems can help you find the next exit on the highway, Touareg's will help you find your way back to where you started. This comes in really handy when driving off-road.
Pros: Best Reasons To Own A VW Touareg
Cons: Worst Things About The VW Touareg
The Volkswagen Touareg is comfortable on and offroad. VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA Pros & Cons: Touareg's Most Unique Features The Touareg is Volkswagen's first official four-wheel drive SUV for the mainstream public, and it was built to be a leader in SUV design. Introduced in 2004, the 2½ ton Touareg is indeed a heavy hitter in the sport-ute market.

What Makes The Touareg Unique?

  • The air suspension package (standard on the V-10 version, an option on other versions) automatically raises or lowers the vehicle depending on road conditions and the speed you're driving. It can be activated manually as well.
  • Comes with a sophisticated "4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system" that splits torque evenly between the front and rear axles. It can also shift up to 100% of the power to either axle, depending on road conditions. Plus, it includes low-range gearing for serious off-roading.
  • It's the first SUV to offer two engines with more than eight cylinders.
  • Comes with Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System, which automatically unlocks doors in a collision, disconnects the battery, shuts off the fuel supply and high-power electric components, then calls OnStar on vehicles equipped with that option.
  • Compared with 4- and 5-speed units, Touareg's 6-speed automatic transmission improves acceleration and fuel economy while reducing emissions.
  • The 6-speed automatic comes with "regular" and "sport shift" modes, as well as an auto manual gate for drivers who want to pick their own gears.
  • Most surprising is the Touareg's ability to handle off-road driving with ease. It's a luxury SUV that can truly tackle anything you throw at it, despite the fact that it's built on a unibody frame.
  • All models offer minimum approach and departures angles of 28 degrees, perfect for offroading.
  • A clever addition to the center console area is a built-in rechargeable flashlight. It's about the size of your vehicle's cigarette lighter and provides a bright light for about 13 minutes.
  • Touareg also comes with "hill ascent" and "descent" features. The ascent feature keeps you from rolling back on steep inclines when you're not on the brakes, while the descent feature permits slow, steady descents down steep grades without braking.
  • While most in-vehicle navigation systems can help you find the next exit on the highway, Touareg's will help you find your way back to where you started. This comes in really handy when driving off-road.
Pros: Best Reasons To Own A VW Touareg
Cons: Worst Things About The VW Touareg

Here's a listing of Touareg's most unique features that many would consider to be among the top reasons for owning a Volkswagen Touareg:

  • Not your typical entry-level SUV, the Touareg boasts serious off-road abilities for a unibody SUV.
  • Comes fully loaded with a wide range of standard features.
  • The Extreme Offroad package features an air suspension package for more ground clearance, superior departure angles (up to 34 degrees), increased suspension articulation, additional skid plates, and more aggressive tires.
  • Designed to be easier to drive than most.
  • Steering is precise and quick. Even on tight turns, there is very little body roll.
  • The unique air suspension package offers the driver varying ride heights (up to 11.8 inches of ground clearance) to choose from - automatically or manually. It's standard on the V-10 version, and worth the cost on other versions.
  • Touareg packs true off-road credentials with three locking differentials standard.
  • Comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • It's easy to load things in the back cargo area, due to the low, wide hatch opening.
  • An upgraded 10-speaker sound system is standard equipment in a Touareg.
  • Good attention to detail: There are 12-volt power outlets throughout the Touareg, and a number of storage areas.
  • It has a rich interior with gauges that are extremely easy to read and controls that are easy to use.
  • The navigation system has unique offroad features, including an off-roading screen that shows altitude, longitude and latitude, position of the front wheels, a compass and status of the locking differentials.
  • Impressive 7,716-pound towing capacity exceeds that of other midsize SUVs (Toyota 4Runner, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer and Chevy TrailBlazer).
  • There's more than adequate interior space for 5 passengers with plenty of leg room for both front and rear seat riders, plus the driver's power seat provide adjustments to accommodate any body size.
  • The standard air suspension packages includes an on-board air compressor that can inflate the spare in the event of a flat, and the Touareg also comes with a tire-pressure monitoring system.
  • In addition to four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, Touareg comes with an incredible brakes package including front 6-piston Brembo brakes, resulting in incredibly sharp braking that is unlikely to fade, as well as BrakeAssist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and stability control.
  • Its styling and ride matches that of some luxury sedans.
  • There are so many cool features, you won't feel bad paying more for this SUV than for others in the same class.
The Volkswagen Toureg is comfortable on and offroad. VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA Best Things About Owning A VW Touareg Here's a listing of Touareg's most unique features that many would consider to be among the top reasons for owning a Volkswagen Touareg:
  • Not your typical entry-level SUV, the Touareg boasts serious off-road abilities for a unibody SUV.
  • Comes fully loaded with a wide range of standard features.
  • The Extreme Offroad package features an air suspension package for more ground clearance, superior departure angles (up to 34 degrees), increased suspension articulation, additional skid plates, and more aggressive tires.
  • Designed to be easier to drive than most.
  • Steering is precise and quick. Even on tight turns, there is very little body roll.
  • The unique air suspension package offers the driver varying ride heights (up to 11.8 inches of ground clearance) to choose from - automatically or manually. It's standard on the V-10 version, and worth the cost on other versions.
  • Touareg packs true off-road credentials with three locking differentials standard.
  • Comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • It's easy to load things in the back cargo area, due to the low, wide hatch opening.
  • An upgraded 10-speaker sound system is standard equipment in a Touareg.
  • Good attention to detail: There are 12-volt power outlets throughout the Touareg, and a number of storage areas.
  • It has a rich interior with gauges that are extremely easy to read and controls that are easy to use.
  • The navigation system has unique offroad features, including an off-roading screen that shows altitude, longitude and latitude, position of the front wheels, a compass and status of the locking differentials.
  • Impressive 7,716-pound towing capacity exceeds that of other midsize SUVs (Toyota 4Runner, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer and Chevy TrailBlazer).
  • There's more than adequate interior space for 5 passengers with plenty of leg room for both front and rear seat riders, plus the driver's power seat provide adjustments to accommodate any body size.
  • The standard air suspension packages includes an on-board air compressor that can inflate the spare in the event of a flat, and the Touareg also comes with a tire-pressure monitoring system.
  • In addition to four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, Touareg comes with an incredible brakes package including front 6-piston Brembo brakes, resulting in incredibly sharp braking that is unlikely to fade, as well as BrakeAssist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and stability control.
  • Its styling and ride matches that of some luxury sedans.
  • There are so many cool features, you won't feel bad paying more for this SUV than for others in the same class.

Here's a listing of some of Touareg's most negative features (some major, some minor) that might influence your decision NOT to own a Volkswagen Touareg:

  • In congested traffic areas, the navigation system can get "confused" and provide incorrect data, though it quickly detects and corrects its errors.
  • Height of the dashboard may compromise forward vision for shorter drivers.
  • It's more expensive than other SUVs in its class.
  • No two-wheel drive option is offered.
  • Comes with a finicky remote for unlocking the doors. The button must be held down for an unusually long period of time before the hatch becomes unlocked.
  • The optional multi-disc CD changer is located in the rear cargo area, rather than on the dashboard.
  • Cargo capacity is average -- 31 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 71 cubes when they're folded.
  • Unlike in other SUVs, the rear seat backs do not recline.
  • Touareg does not offer a third row of seats, limiting seating to five passengers.
  • The rear seats fold down, but not with ease, and you have to remove the headrests.
  • The sizable rear wheel wells are positioned right at the doorway openings, requiring rear-seat passengers to take caution getting in and out.
  • Poor fuel economy.
  • No separate "off" button on the dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Navigation system is CD-based, though a single CD covers the continental U.S.
    The Volkswagen Toureg is comfortable on and offroad. VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA Worst Things About VW Touaregs Here's a listing of some of Touareg's most negative features (some major, some minor) that might influence your decision NOT to own a Volkswagen Touareg:
    • In congested traffic areas, the navigation system can get "confused" and provide incorrect data, though it quickly detects and corrects its errors.
    • Height of the dashboard may compromise forward vision for shorter drivers.
    • It's more expensive than other SUVs in its class.
    • No two-wheel drive option is offered.
    • Comes with a finicky remote for unlocking the doors. The button must be held down for an unusually long period of time before the hatch becomes unlocked.
    • The optional multi-disc CD changer is located in the rear cargo area, rather than on the dashboard.
    • Cargo capacity is average -- 31 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 71 cubes when they're folded.
    • Unlike in other SUVs, the rear seat backs do not recline.
    • Touareg does not offer a third row of seats, limiting seating to five passengers.
    • The rear seats fold down, but not with ease, and you have to remove the headrests.
    • The sizable rear wheel wells are positioned right at the doorway openings, requiring rear-seat passengers to take caution getting in and out.
    • Poor fuel economy.
    • No separate "off" button on the dual-zone automatic climate control.
    • Navigation system is CD-based, though a single CD covers the continental U.S.