2009 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI Review – $43K, 30 mpg and 406 lb. ft torque = A No-Brainer.

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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.

Build Interior Performance Handling Styling Value Overall
Rating 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 4.0 5.0 4.6/A-

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  • climbamtn says:

    i had the air ride in my 2005 v6 loved it. auto lowers as you get faster and lower even more for get in and out sounds over the top but it will spoil you. v6 was under powered traded it for the h2 both were exceptional rock crawlers vw had more clearance with more power it could have given h2 a run for the money on the rocks. better off road then any reviews give it credit.my next may be a new toureg if i could be convinced of the reliability. jd powers gives it a 4 out of 10 for reliability and my experience supports this

  • marco says:

    I have a 2009 TDI Touareg,just like this picture.It’s a beautiful suv, my only complain is the brake system.To me looks like to be a bit de-powered for that size of suv.May be it’s just a feeling but more power on the brakes would have not bother it.

  • B dub says:

    Has anyone done the air suspension option??

  • Doug Green says:

    Rides better than our Mercedes GL 320CDI, smoother engine and better fit and finish.
    We also bought a 2010 Jetta TDI at the same time, VW hit 2 home runs.

  • Hey Francis, I should point out that the quad exhaust isn’t a factory item, but was equipped on this particular Touareg. And yes, I think it’s worth the extra $ for the quads. Looks killer!

    Kurt G.

  • francois says:

    Color me in love. That car looks fabulous now with the front facia, wheels, quad exhaust. And the hitch reveals that it can do much, much more. Now it can really tow my dream Airstream trailer in style and with efficiency.


  • tonyb says:

    No brainer indeed Kurt … I had a friend that was doing bio-diesel in Hawaii, and when the gen before this Toureg came out, he said a large number of his customers were salivating to get their hands on a copy.

    That much torque is a great sales tool.

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