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2014 Volkswagen Touareg Review

The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is a middle-of-the-pack luxury midsize SUV with a good – but not particularly powerful – engine. Its safety scores are excellent, but its reliability rating is below average.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior
  • Comfortable seating
  • Top-notch safety scores

  • Firm ride
  • Rear seats don't fold flat




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 10.0
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2014 Volkswagen Touareg Overview

Is the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg a Good Used SUV?

By some measures, the Touareg is a good used luxury midsize SUV. Its performance is solid but not equal to some of the more sport-tuned vehicles in the class. Rivals offer more engine power and better handling, but the Touareg feels composed on the road and delivers crisp steering feedback. Still, it has a firmer ride than some may like.

Used 2014 Volkswagen Touareg Performance and Interior

The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg comes standard with a 280-horsepower V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and an all-wheel-drive system. The Touareg has good off-road capability and responsive steering, but its ride tends to be on the firm side. The gas-powered Touareg gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

You may find used Touaregs with the turbodiesel V6 engine, which produces 240 horsepower and a whopping 406 pound-feet of torque. This model was involved in the widespread Volkswagen diesel engine emissions scandal. Many of these models have been modified as a result, which could affect performance.

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The 2-row Touareg seats up to five on leatherette upholstery. Heated, power-adjustable front seats are standard. Some models have leather upholstery and heated rear seats. The front and outward rear seats are comfortable, even for long road trips. There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats, while the middle rear seat has only a tether anchor.

The Touareg’s standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Available features include a navigation system with an 8-inch touch screen. The infotainment system is generally easy to use, but some might prefer simpler audio controls. The Touareg’s cargo space is average for the class, but the rear seats don’t fold flat, which could limit your ability to carry larger items.

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Used 2014 Volkswagen Touareg Prices

The price of a used 2014 VW Touareg ranges from about $25,600 for the Sport trim to around $36,200 for the TDI Executive trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg?

The 2014 VW Touareg has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five, according to J.D. Power. While three is an average score among all vehicles, many in the class earn an above-average score of 3.5 or better.

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How Safe Is the Touareg?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg the highest rating of Good in the four crash tests it conducted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the Touareg.

A rearview camera is standard in all but the Sport trim. Some models are available with a surround-view camera as well as front and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Touareg?

The 2014 VW Touareg marks the fourth model year of the SUV’s second generation, which launched with the 2011 model. The R-Line trim joined the lineup for the 2014 model year. With few differences between the 2013 and 2014 Touaregs, you’re better off with a 2013 Touareg, which has a lower price. The 2012 model has a slightly less powerful diesel engine.

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Which Used Volkswagen Touareg Is Right for Me?

The Touareg has four trim levels: Sport, Lux, R-Line, and Executive. The Sport is well-equipped with features like leatherette seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable and heated front seats, a 6.5-inch touch screen, and Bluetooth. With the Sport trim, navigation is available as part of a package that also includes keyless access, push-button start, and hands-free cargo access. These features are standard in the Lux trim. Other upgrades include a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory and power-adjustable lumbar support, a hands-free liftgate, an electric rear-seat release in the rear cargo area, and walnut interior trim. The R-Line features a sport suspension and special interior and exterior styling. The Executive trim has front and rear parking sensors as well as a surround-view camera. The Lux trim is the best choice. It combines handy features like navigation and leather seating with a price that’s not far off from the Sport model with added packages.

Because of its below-average reliability, you might want to consider a pre-owned Touareg. Volkswagen provides a two-year/24,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles. Each CPO Volkswagen must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

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2014 Volkswagen Touareg and Other SUVs to Consider

The 2014 VW Touareg is also available as a gas/electric hybrid model. The 2014 Touareg Hybrid is reviewed separately.

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen Touareg or 2014 BMW X5?

The 2014 BMW X5 has a stronger lineup of engines and sharper handling than the Touareg. While the Touareg’s diesel engine was subject to the massive VW emissions recall, there have been no such issues with the X5’s turbodiesel. Both vehicles have upscale interiors, but the X5 has a quieter cabin with less road and wind noise. The X5’s higher reliability rating is another reason why it’s a better choice than the Touareg.

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen Touareg or 2014 Acura MDX?

The 2014 Acura MDX and the Touareg are evenly matched competitors. While the Touareg has a firm ride, the MDX strikes a nice balance between ride comfort and handling ability, earning it higher marks for its performance. While both SUVs have quality interior materials, the MDX seats seven, while the Touareg only has room for five. Like the VW, the Acura has a below-average reliability rating, but the MDX has lower ownership costs.

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