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2007 Volkswagen Touareg Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Volkswagen Touareg was new.

The Touareg has surprisingly strong off-road capabilities, but suffers from a poor reliability record. If you're in the market for a luxury midsize SUV, you should also consider the higher rated Acura MDX, BMW X5, and Lexus RX/RX Hybrid.

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.4
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Three engine options to suit buyers' tastes and budgets
  • Strong on- and off-road performer
  • High-quality interior
  • Engine options quickly add to price, and many test drivers feel the base V6 struggles to power the more than 5,000-pound SUV
  • Some interior electronics confusing to use
  • Below average reliability ratings

2007 Volkswagen Touareg Overview

When it was introduced as a 2004 model, the Volkswagen Touareg was an award winner, named Car and Driver's "Best Luxury SUV" and Motor Trend's "SUV of the Year." The 2007 Touareg is little changed from 2004, but strong competition and a less-than-stellar reliability record have made it one of the lowest-selling SUVs in its class.

For buyers, the Touareg offers composed on-road performance and a surprising amount of off-road power. Motor Trend says, "Volkswagen deserves applause for delivering an SUV that can just as easily climb a slippery rocky slope as it can make record time to and from the outlet malls, looking good inside and out while doing it."

The Touareg is named after a nomadic tribe that has traveled the Sahara Desert by camel for two thousand years. Edmunds suggests that "such harsh terrain demands strong physical and emotional constitution, and knowing that, it shouldn't surprise you that a sport-utility vehicle has adopted the name of this people." Edmunds calls the 2007 Volkswagen Touareg "better furnished than a 4Runner and more versatile," adding that "this SUV should find its way into a great many suburban garages."

Many reviewers think the V6 model offers terrific value. Car and Driver says, "the Touareg V-6 is one of the, if not the, most luxurious and well-equipped SUVs for its price." Go for a more powerful engine, though, and the Touareg's price quickly climbs, surpassing the cost of luxury-brand competitors in its class. Still, IntelliChoice rates all three Touareg models as "excellent" values for their predicted five-year cost of ownership compared with other vehicles in their class.

The Touareg shares a platform with the more expensive Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7.

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