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2010 Volkswagen Touareg Review

The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg has impressive handling, good off-road performance, a high-quality cabin and an available diesel engine. However, anyone looking for lots of cargo space will want to shop elsewhere.

Pros & Cons

  • Good handling
  • Surprisingly capable off-road
  • Fuel-efficient diesel engine
  • Classy cabin
  • Underpowered base V6 engine
  • Not as much cargo capacity as rivals




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2010 Volkswagen Touareg Overview

Serving as the basis for well-liked luxury crossovers like the 2010 Porsche Cayenne and 2010 Audi Q7, the 2010 Volkswagen Touareg is a cheaper alternative to its more upscale corporate cousins. It gets very good safety scores, and test drivers admired its well-made interior and firm, but comfortable, handling. It offers better off-road performance than many other crossovers, and its available six-cylinder diesel engine gets good fuel economy. In general, there are many reasons to like the five-seat Volkswagen Touareg.

However, there are enough strikes against it that shoppers might want to consider other options. For 2010, its V8 engine was discontinued and test drivers were disappointed in the sluggish power coming from the remaining gas-powered V6 engine. The Touareg doesn’t have quite as much cargo space as many of its rivals. Overall, reviewers agreed that the 2010 Volkswagen Touareg is a good luxury SUV, but others in the class are simply better.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Lincoln MKX offers seating for five like the Touareg, and its fuel economy in front-wheel drive models is the same as the Touareg diesel’s. The Lincoln MKX also comes standard with more features than the Touareg.

The 2010 Lexus RX is a great pick due to its stellar fuel economy and good safety scores. Reviewers loved the RX’s well-made interior and easy-to-use infotainment controls, and said that its ride was especially smooth and comfortable. Plus, it’s available as a hybrid model that gets even better gas mileage. The RX isn’t exactly sporty, but test drivers agreed that it’s one of the best luxury crossovers you can buy.

Compare the Touareg to the MKX and RX »

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