As a regular maintenance item, like changing the oil, after 10,000 miles, you have to, uh, addBlue. And don’t try to flake out of it, because once the adBlue runs dry, you’ve got an immovable 5,000 pound paperweight.
We mentioned the Touareg is luxurious, and because it’s German, it goes without saying that this machine is built like a tank. Doors close with the authority of a Swiss bank vault, the leather seats are firm yet comfortable with commanding, upright position. Some say the ride of the Touareg is a bit rough, but seriously, they must be comparing it to a 7-series BMW. For an all-wheel drive SUV which has available air suspension and exceptional off-road prowess, the Touareg has a terrific ride. It even has surprisingly light and nimble handling like an SUV weighing 1,000 pounds less.
The base price of the 3.0 TDI Touareg is $42,800, which we think is one of the best values going for a luxury SUV. Our tester was equipped with everything but air suspension, and came in right at $50,000. In addition to considering that the Porsche and Audi equivalent can cost nearly double, and the nearest diesel-powered German SUV in price is the Mercedes at nearly $48,000, the Touareg’s value is as impressive as both its torque and fuel economy numbers. But be warned, there’s a very limited supply of 3.0 TDI Touaregs to the tune of less than 1,000 units. If they all sell out quickly, maybe next year VW will bring over more.
Who Should Buy It?
Every American shopping for a luxury SUV minus those who simply have too many children, too much ‘stuff’ or some combination of both.
If you’re that kind of person who still has a hard time seeing past the tired old reputation of diesel engines, get over it. My own mother had a Touareg with the V8, and after she test drove every comparable SUV from Acura to the X5, she was only days away from choosing the BMW. That is until she decided to just go and try out the TDI Touareg for the sake of due diligence. It exceeded every one of her expectations, and debunked every preconceived notion she had about diesels. But you know what really sealed the deal? The $20,000 difference in price.
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