2008 Volkswagen Touareg

2008 Volkswagen Touareg
2008 Volkswagen Touareg - Volkswagen Midsize SUV Review - Automobile Magazine
The whole car has an overall sense of refinement, it coming out of VW’s We’re-just-as-good-as-Mercedes era, a period which also produced the Phaeton luxury car.

For me, the Touareg has always been something of a disappointment – a car without a purpose. It’s neither as sporty as its European competition (BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML) nor as useful, practical, and functional as the American SUVs that it was patterned after. Poor sight lines, a relatively space-inefficient interior, and a lackluster powertrain compound the problem. The engine lacks torque down low – it’s not helped by the Touareg’s substantial heft – but frustatingly, the six-speed automatic downshifts as if its innards were mired in molasses. The adjustable suspension (Sport/Automatic/Comfort) alternates between wallowy and painfully brittle, and finding pavement that the Touareg actually liked was something of a challenge.

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