2015 Volkswagen Touareg

2015 Volkswagen Touareg

Quick Spin 2015 Volkswagen Touareg Sport w/Technology   

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Dates tested: 7/27/2015 – 8/03/2015

Miles Driven: 280

Fuel Used: 21.7 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 17.2 mpg

CG Report Card
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester.
Room and ComfortA-
Power and PerformanceB
Fit and FinishA
Fuel EconomyB
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big GuyA
Tall GuyA-

Driving mix: 85% city, 15% highway

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 17/23/19 (city, highway, combined)

Base price: $48,745 (not including $910 destination charge)

Options on test car: None

Price as tested: $49,655


Quick Hits

The great: Roomy and well-appointed cabin

The good: Comfortable ride

The not so good: Steep pricing for a mainstream-branded vehicle

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CG Says:

2015 Volkswagen Touareg

Touareg’s cabin is roomy and nicely finished.

Mildly updated for 2015 with freshened styling and some newly available safety features, the Volkswagen Touareg remains something of an outlier among midsize crossover SUVs. The Touareg is physically large for the midsize class; it is also priced like a premium product, which means it competes against  luxury brands such as Acura, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz.

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All that said, the Touareg is a fine vehicle, if a bit difficult to position mentally. The 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V6/8-speed automatic powertrain is notably smooth, and delivers all the power most drivers could want. Note that all Touareg models come standard with AWD.

Touareg is available for 2015 and 2016 in Sport, Sport w/Technology, Lux, and Executive trim levels. (The pricey Hybrid model is dropped for 2016.) Our test crossover was the midline Sport w/Technology model, which comes standard with features such as heated front seats, keyless entry and starting, blind-spot monitoring, and a hands-free power liftgate that opens with the swipe of a foot under the rear bumper.

In terms of general refinement, the Touareg holds its own in the premium crossover segment. The cabin is nicely appointed, the ride is refined, and the powertrain especially smooth and unobtrusive.

There’s plenty of room for four adults inside the Touareg, and there’s a generous amount of cargo space behind the second row. However, unlike some of its rivals, the Touareg doesn’t offer a third-row seat.

Despite its approximately 4700 pound curb weight, our test Touareg was easier on the gas than one might expect for a vehicle of this size and heft. Over 280 miles of mostly in-city Chicago-area driving, we averaged 17.2 mpg. That performance is in line with the EPA city rating for the Touareg, and only trails the slightly smaller and lighter Acura MDX by one mpg in our testing.

Our test 2015 Touareg listed for $49,655. An identical 2016 model lists for $50,615.

While the Touareg lacks a bit of the luxury-brand cachet of an Acura MDX or Lexus RX, it does offer more space than those models. And, being a segment outlier, this big VW offers one more thing those better-selling vehicles do not: a bit of exclusivity in a field of rather common rides.

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2015 Volkswagen Touareg

Canyon Gray Metallic paint is a no-cost option on Touareg.