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2017 Volkswagen Touareg Review

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg has a wealth of standard driver assistance features, a high-end interior, and a comfortable ride. However, its subpar engine power keeps this luxury midsize SUV in the middle of its class.  

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of standard advanced safety features
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Low average list price for the class
  • Underpowered V6 engine

New for 2017

  • Rearview camera, navigation, and driver assistance features made standard




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Volkswagen Touareg Overview

Is the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is a good luxury midsize SUV that offers a lot of goodies for your money. Every model comes chock-full of advanced driver assistance features that class rivals usually bundle into expensive packages or high-priced upper trims. The cabin wraps occupants in the kinds of high-quality materials you expect from luxury brands, and VW makes it easy to operate everything from dashboard settings to infotainment menus. The front seats are spacious, and the reclining rear seats are pleasant.

Still, the Touareg is not without its flaws. While most SUVs in the class have strong enough engines to motor up to speed with ease, the Touareg’s 280-horsepower V6 struggles to move this 4,700-pound VW. It also can’t keep up with several rivals in terms of cargo space or fuel economy.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 52 Volkswagen Touareg reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg?

There are nearly 150 Touaregs listed for sale on our site, with prices ranging from $34,700 to $43,900. The average list price is $38,200. That’s one of the lowest average list prices in the class. Exact prices depend on the vehicle’s trim, condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Cost to Own?

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg’s estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs over a five-year period come out to nearly $32,100.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Volkswagen Touareg?

As of this writing, Volkswagen has not released details on a 2018 Touareg.

The 2017 Touareg is one of the least expensive SUVs in the class, so there are only a couple of new 2018 midsize SUVs priced similarly to it. One option is the 2018 Lincoln MKX (starting at $39,035), which comes with high-tech features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an infotainment system that can be controlled using pinching and swiping gestures. Although it doesn’t come with as many driver assistance features as the Touareg, the MKX gets excellent safety scores.

If you can sacrifice some space, there are plenty of affordable options in the luxury compact SUV class. The 2018 Acura RDX (starting at $36,000) – a Best Car for the Money winner – has a spacious interior and almost as much cargo room as the Touareg. It also has a good predicted reliability rating and quick acceleration.

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Which Model Year of the Volkswagen Touareg Is Best?

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is part of a generation that launched for the 2011 model year. While you can save money by choosing an older 2015 or 2016 model, we don’t recommend it. Updates for 2017 included a load of new standard tech and driver assistance features, like navigation, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and adaptive headlights. The 2017 Touareg also got a new touch-screen display that’s a couple of inches larger than the previous models’. It features sharper graphics and quick responses.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg?

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg received a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s typical for the automotive market, but a little below average for the class.

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2017 Volkswagen Touareg Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg has no reported recalls.

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Which Used Volkswagen Touareg Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Touareg SUV comes in three trims: Sport w/ Technology, Wolfsburg, and Executive. The base Volkswagen Touareg Sport w/ Technology trim has more than enough features for families and technology enthusiasts alike. Standard equipment includes an 8-inch touch screen, satellite navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, eight speakers, proximity keyless entry, a heated steering wheel, front seats (eight-way power-adjustable), leatherette upholstery, a power tailgate, heated and power-adjustable side mirrors, and a trailer hitch. It also comes with a host of advanced safety features: a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive headlights, fog lights with cornering lamps, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and automatic post-collision braking.

The upper trims add few notable features. The Volkswagen Touareg Wolfsburg Edition trim only adds a few comfort features: leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, second-row air vents, power-folding rear seats, and a sunroof. The Volkswagen Touareg Executive trim includes a 360-degree-view camera, heated rear seats, 10 speakers, power-folding side mirrors, rear sunshades, and memory settings for the driver’s seat and mirrors.

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What Does Volkswagen's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Volkswagen offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles seven years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. You receive the balance of the new-car warranty when you purchase a CPO model. Depending on your car’s model year, you get a limited comprehensive warranty that takes effect once the new-car warranty has expired or on the sale date of the CPO VW vehicle. For 2018 and newer VWs, the limited comprehensive warranty is good for one year or 12,000 miles. The length of the warranty increases to two years or 24,000 miles for 2017-and-older gas, hybrid, and electric vehicles. Finally, 2016 and older TDI vehicles get a two-year/unlimited miles warranty.

VW CPO vehicles must pass a 100-plus-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, a Carfax vehicle history report, a three-month SiriusXM All-Access satellite radio trial subscription, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Volkswagen’s CPO program is the least robust of all auto manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Touareg?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 VW Touareg its top rating of Good in all four crash evaluations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not evaluated the 2017 Touareg.

The Touareg comes loaded with safety features, including a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights that follow your steering movements, forward collision warning with brake assist, and adaptive cruise control. A 360-degree-view camera comes with the Executive trim.

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2017 Volkswagen Touareg Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Volkswagen Touareg or 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE?

The Touareg and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE are two of the best options in the class for ride comfort. The GLE has an outstanding interior, with posh features like air suspension and massaging front seats. Its average price is also about $13,000 more than the Touareg’s. Even a fully loaded Touareg is likely to cost less than a base model GLE. The Touareg comes with many features you won’t get in its base Mercedes-Benz rival, including a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring. The Touareg is the better, more affordable choice.

Which Is Better: 2017 Volkswagen Touareg or 2017 Acura MDX?

Both of these SUVs are more-than-capable family haulers, but the 2017 Acura MDX is the better choice. The MDX has seven seats and nearly 27 cubic feet more overall cargo space than the Touareg. With the Acura MDX, you get more family-friendly options – like a rear-seat DVD player, which the Touareg doesn’t offer. Additionally, the MDX’s engine is stronger and more fuel-efficient.

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2017 Volkswagen Touareg Performance

How Does the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Drive?

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is powered by a 280-horsepower V6 engine that delivers smooth acceleration but not quite enough power for the SUV’s weight. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. The Touareg has composed handling and a cushioned ride.

Does the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2016 VW Touareg gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is average for the class.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Towing Capacity

The Volkswagen Touareg has a 7,716-pound towing capacity, making it one of the most capable tow vehicles in the luxury midsize SUV class.

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2017 Volkswagen Touareg Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Seat?

The 2-row VW Touareg seats five. The front seats are roomy and supportive, and the driver’s seat position provides excellent front and side visibility. The rear features reclining seats that can comfortably accommodate a pair of adults. Leatherette upholstery and heated front seats are standard; genuine leather, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available.

The cabin is elegantly styled and composed of soft-touch plastics, high-quality chrome, and real wood accents. The dashboard’s simple design makes it easy to access the stereo and climate controls.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg?

The Touareg’s LATCH car-seat system includes two sets of lower anchors and three sets of upper tether anchors.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Features

The base trim comes with dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a navigation system, heated and rain-sensing windshield wipers, and Volkswagen’s Car-Net telematics system. Some models may come with a panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree parking camera, and a Dynaudio 10-speaker premium audio system.

The easy-to-read touch screen features sharp graphics and intuitive menus. It also responds quickly to user inputs. The audio and climate controls are well-arranged and straightforward.

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2017 Volkswagen Touareg Dimensions

Volkswagen Touareg Cargo Space

With 32.1 cubic feet of cargo room behind the back seats and 64 cubic feet with the seats folded, the Touareg has an average amount of rear storage space for the class. Inside, there are plenty of small-item storage spaces. A remote-opening liftgate is standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available.

2017 Touareg Length and Weight

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is 15.7 feet long. The gas-engine Touareg has a curb weight of 4,696 pounds and a gross vehicle weight rating of 6,173 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Built?

Volkswagen manufactured the 2017 Touareg in Slovakia.

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