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2007 Volkswagen Touareg V6 Bookmark

The Good :)  Superb build quality inside and out.  Powerful and free revving engine with sporty exhaust and transmission.  Great value for money.  Roomy interior.  Love the backup camera.  Truly built for the autobahn. 

The Bad :(  Steering feedback is lower than expected.  More aggressive front end styling would be great.  Seats not very comfortable for larger adults.

Engine V6, 3.6 Liters
Output 276 hp / 266 lb-ft
Top Speed 130 mph
0-60 mph 8.3 sec (est.)
Weight 5168 lbs
Price As Tested $45,840

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Around Auburn Hills, Michigan, the restaurants must be filled with happy VW execs.  Volkswagen continues to pull in strong sales numbers and their cars continue to get better and better.  One of the best buys on the road today is a Volkswagen, which can be had from most dealers at or below invoice price.  Volkswagen stands apart from its German comrades --Mercedes, BMW and Audi-- by delivering to the customer high quality automobiles at price points that don't require a six figure salary.

 Few cars can actually make you better at driving.  Cars from this side of the Atlantic have not been doing their part so far while cars from autobahn tested Germany have been connecting people with the road for many years now.  Listen up Germany, not having a speed limit has greatly improved your vehicles over the years, making them one of the finest cars on the roads of America.  Our recent test of the mesmerizing Blue Silver 2007 Touareg reminded us how nice it is to be behind the wheel of a finely crafted German engineered machine. 

The 2007 Touareg adds more horsepower bringing 276 horses at 6,200 revolutions per minute all the while delivering 266 lbs.-ft. of torque at only 2,750 rpm.  An advanced direct injection system contributes to quick performance and great fuel efficiency even when adding more horsepower.  Also new in this year"s model is a reconfigured oil pan and drive belt so that you can cross a mudslide and transverse mountains on your way to a area not effected by global warming.  For those wanting more power don't forget the V8 engine that now produces 350 horsepower or the V10 diesel variant which goes like a steam engine on rails. 

 

The Blue Silver exterior color of our Touareg is both neutral for those who don't want to stick out and sexy enough that it glitters in the evening sun.  The warm glow of the blue slowly gets more intense as the evening approaches, transforming the Touareg into an elegant, night-on-the-town kind of vehicle.  Also did you know that looking at a blue color for five minutes in the morning increases your brain activity for the rest of the day?  So stare at your sky blue Touareg all you like and get smarter doing it. 

A six speed transmission with Tiptronic allows you to do gear changing manually but we found putting the shifter in Sport mode works the engine so nicely that you might think you are in a sports car.  Engaging engine and exhaust sound as well as the quick shifts from a standstill give you a great smile behind the wheel.  We are puzzled as to why VW would source the transmission from Japan.  Can't they build a suitable 6-speed automatic in-house?  Aren't the Germans good at transmissions?  We found that on poorly built highways the road noise could be lowered just a tad for a quieter cabin.  We experienced both wind and road noise penetrating into the cabin at louder levels than in the Porsche Cayenne.  Turning up the optional upgraded 11 speakers stereo system and an eight-channel amplifier will achieve good results in the meantime. 

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Suspension setup without the air system is almost perfect with low body lean and tight handling in the twisties.  It is a bit softer than a Cayenne though good for daily driving on somewhat bumpy roads.  Stopping power is also quite good when you need to come to a standstill from 130 mph in Germany.   Four wheel Anti-Lock (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) stops you with confidence.  Electronic Stabilization and Electronic Differential Lock, as well as Anti- Slip Regulation and Engine Braking Assist are all the electronics packed within the Touareg.  Also available are hill descent control and hill climb assist for serious off-roading.  Reading through all the technological features in this vehicle can be mind-boggling, but knowing that you are getting the latest and greatest safety features in the market today brings a sense of peace when behind the wheel.  

An interesting note that many Touareg owners will never know is that it can handle water crossings up to 22.8 inches deep.  Or wait, with the rise in massive storms throughout the country, maybe people will be able to test these feature as they navigate through flooded streets.  But rest assured, you will be sitting in a luxurious interior wrapped in Cricket Leather with gleaming Walnut wood trim.  Everything inside speaks to beautiful opulence in a way few other SUV"s can offer.  Sure a Lexus is smoothly styled but a Touareg feels solid.  Parts like the armrest and glove box are heavy and glide open.  Look at the instrument cluster fitted in chrome dials and you will find nothing like it in almost any price range.  Make sure you go and see this at dusk at your local dealer. 

 

Twelve way power driver and passenger seats with 3-position memory for driver was a nice feature to have.  The driver's seat can be positioned very low to feel like you are driving a sedan or way up high when you need to see above the glaring sun hitting your eyes.  Everything is power adjustable in so many ways, from the telescoping and tilting steering wheel, to the seats, exterior mirrors, and seat belts.  Doors feel very good as well and do not close on you if you are on a slight incline.  Just put the key in the ignition and hear the tune of a solid feeling SUV wake-up.  The Touareg is one vehicle that is a great value for your money. 

High grade wood trim with aluminum offers you the best of both materials in a strong design schema.  The leather package is a great addition, as the steering wheel feels very soft and supple along with soft yet thick leather on the seats.  Steering wheel buttons and window controls all light up at night, even the floor ambiance lighting can be adjusted from the instrument cluster; it is one of the best interior lighting packages we have seen in any vehicle.  Dual zone climate controls that actually work well in the automatic setting and heated front seats offer high levels of comfort.  An auxiliary input jack in the armrest allows you to connect your Ipod or MP3 device easily. 

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Safety features include driver and passenger front and side impact airbags as well as side curtain airbags on all four doors that help protect all passengers.  We would also like to mention the Bi-Xenon headlights which illuminate the road far better than standard halogen lights.  The optional Bi-Xenon lights cost $850 but are a well worth the price as they significantly improve night time road visibility. They are particularly effective in back roads where there are no street lights.

The rear seats fold down 60/40 and folding them flat is a chore by any sense of the word.  You must flip forward the bottom of the seat first and then flip down the rear seat backs.  It takes some effort to unlock the bottom seat cushion out of its hinge, there is no smooth and effortless way to fold down the rear seats in the Touareg.   New is an 115v power outlet in the cargo area so you can just plug things in as you do at home.  It is good to see automakers going away from the traditional 12 volt outlets which really don't serve any practical purpose in our lives.  When is the last time you actually used a 12 volt piece of equipment?  We would like to see VW put another 115v outlet in the center armrest, so we can plug in our cell phone or laptop without having to jump all the way back in the trunk for a recharge.

 

Our test car starts off at $37,990.  Added to this are the Navigation Plus package for $3,350 which includes a DVD based NAV plus a rear view back up camera, a 6-disk trunk mounted CD changer with upgraded 11 speaker stereo system with eight-channel amplifier and an auxiliary audio jack.  Also included in our test vehicle was option Package 1 which includes 12-way power seats, Cricket leather seats, and park distance control for $2,980.  The Bi-Xenon headlights are only $850 bringing our total to $45,840 with the $670 destination price.  The Touareg is made in Bratislava, Slovakia and most parts inside come from Germany. 

When comparing all the choices in this price range the decision is not so tough.  A BMW X3 is smaller than the Touareg.  The Porsche Cayenne has a stiffer and more performance oriented ride, but that also translates into a much price tag when similarly equipped.  Both the Mercedes ML and BMW X5 cost a lot more and may have tons of electrical glitches or other small burdensome issues.  The all new 2007 Acura MDX offers similar interior room and better technology at a slighter higher price but will not wear as well as a German built vehicle.  So the Touareg has carved itself a nice position.  The high level of luxury with fine leather and chrome/wood accents, the fit and finish both inside and out, and the powerful and sporty engine makes this a great buy that we would highly recommend to friends and family. A great backup camera and navigation system with superb quality of all parts really makes this a sleeper SUV that people are overlooking.  Wwe believe that VW can further improve on the styling of the Touareg by giving it a more "bold and aggressive" appearance. It's current 'nice guy' looks makes it easy to overlook on the road.

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The all important Xenon Lights shown in foggy conditions.

Just the Xenon lights on.

Xenon lights with fog lamps turned on.

Xenon lights on high beam, Bi-Xenon.

 
 

 

PRICING

INVOICE

RETAIL

Base Pricing

$26,782

$28,795

Destination

$625

$625

Automatic, 5-Spd w/SportShift

$1,094

$1,200

Popular Equipment Group 1 Includes Inside Automatic Day/Night Mirror w/Compass & Security System Shock Sensor.

$198

$304

Armrest Extension, Center

$106

$163

Mirror, Inside Automatic Day/Night w/Compass

$119

$183

Navigation System, GPS GT Limited

$1,824

$2,000

Radio Equipment, Amplifier & Subwoofer (PIO) i, GT Limited

$186

$287

Radio Equipment, Sirius / XM

$312

$350

Restraint System, Rear Side Impact Air Bag Sedans, Wagons

$312

$350

Sun Shades, Manual Rear Side • Wagons

$134

$150

 


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COMPARISONS 2006 Subaru Legacy
2.5 GT Limited 4dr Sedan AWD w/Black Int. (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
2006 Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA6
Sport 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
2006 Hyundai Azera
Limited 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 5A)
2006 Audi A4
2.0T quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
2006 Volkswagen Passat
3.6 4Motion 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
MSRP $28,795 $27,995 $26,835 $30,340 $31,900
Invoice $26,782 $25,833 $24,151 $28,143 $29,413
Basic 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 5 yr. / 60000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi.
Drivetrain 5 yr. / 60000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 10 yr. / 100000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 5 yr. / 60000 mi.
Roadside 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 4 yr. / 50000 mi. 5 yr. / Unlimited mi. 4 yr. / Unlimited mi. 4 yr. / Unlimited mi.
Rust 5 yr. / Unlimited mi. 5 yr. / Unlimited mi. 7 yr. / Unlimited mi. 12 yr. / Unlimited mi. 12 yr. / Unlimited mi.
Base Engine Type & Cylinders flat 4 inline 4 V6 inline 4 V6
Base Engine Displacement 2.5 liters 2.3 liters 3.8 liters 2.0 liters 3.6 liters
Valvetrain 16 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
16 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
24 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
16 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
24 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
Variable Valve Timing Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
Compressor turbocharger turbocharger   turbocharger Not Available
Horsepower 250 hp @ 6000 rpm 274 hp @ 5500 rpm 263 hp @ 6000 rpm 200 hp @ 5100 rpm 280 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque 250 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm 280 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm 255 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm 207 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm 265 ft-lbs. @ 2750 rpm
Driven Wheels all wheel drive all wheel drive front wheel drive all wheel drive all wheel drive
Tires P215/45ZR17 Z
all season
P215/45R18 Y
performance
P235/55R17 V
all season
215/55R16 H
all season
235/45R17 H
all season
Wheels alloy
17 x 7 in.
alloy
18 x 7.0 in.
alloy
17 x 7.0 in.
alloy
16 x 7.0 in.
alloy
17 x 7.0 in.
One-Touch Power Windows 1 4 2 4 4
Navigation System   DVD navigation system - Optional   DVD navigation system w/voice activation - Optional DVD navigation system - Optional
Turning Circle 35.4 ft. 36.8 ft. 37.4 ft. 36.4 ft. 35.8 ft.
City 20 mpg. 20 mpg. 19 mpg. 22 mpg. 18 mpg.
Highway 26 mpg. 26 mpg. 28 mpg. 31 mpg. 27 mpg.
Length 186.2 in. 186.8 in. 192.7 in. 180.6 in. 188.2 in.
Width 68.1 in. 70.1 in. 72.8 in. 69.8 in. 71.7 in.
Height 56.1 in. 56.3 in. 58.7 in. 56.2 in. 58 in.
Weight 3365 lbs. 3589 lbs. 3629 lbs. 3549 lbs. 3829 lbs.
Wheel Base 105.1 in. 105.3 in. 109.4 in. 104.3 in. 106.7 in.
Ground Clearance 5.9 in. 4.9 in.   4.2 in. 5.2 in.
Interior
Front Headroom 37.5 in. 38.7 in. 40.2 in. 38.4 in.  
Rear Headroom 36.5 in. 37.1 in. 38.2 in. 37.2 in.  
Front Shoulder Room 54.4 in. 56.1 in. 57.9 in. 55.1 in. 55.7 in.
Rear Shoulder Room 53.7 in. 54.9 in. 57.1 in. 53.4 in. 54.6 in.
Front Hip Room 51 in. 54.7 in. 55.5 in.    
Rear Hip Room 52.6 in. 54.1 in. 55.1 in.    
Front Leg Room 44.1 in. 42.3 in. 43.7 in. 41.3 in. 41.4 in.
Rear Leg Room 33.9 in. 36.5 in. 38.2 in. 34.3 in. 37.7 in.
Maximum Luggage Capacity 11.4 cu.ft. 12.4 cu.ft. 16.6 cu.ft. 13.4 cu.ft. 14.2 cu.ft.

 

 

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