Volkswagen Touareg 2

The Volkswagen Touareg 2 provides the German automaker’s answer to the recent crossover SUV craze. This vehicle has the fine engineering and design VW fans have come to expect.

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About the Volkswagen Touareg 2

One of the things that really set the Touareg 2 apart from many of the crossover options from other companies is its terrain driving capabilities. Many crossovers have designs for on-road driving and do not meet the demands of off-road driving. With the Touareg 2, drivers can take the SUV wherever they desire and expect good results.

In addition to its characteristic well-made design and off-road capabilities, the Touareg 2 also looks good and offers a comfortable cabin. VW spares no expense or creative design on the inside of this crossover vehicle. While the second row seat measures a bit small, especially for a vehicle labeled a SUV, the cabin seats provide plush comfortable. Fine quality, upscale materials cover the soft and hard surfaces within the cabin, giving the interior of the Touareg 2 an overall elegant and classic style.

Volkswagen Touareg 2 Features

The 2009 model year marks the last new version of the Volkswagen Touareg 2. This model comes as well-equipped as the previous models and has a great deal to offer the consumer. The midsize crossover SUV comes in three distinct trim levels with names corresponding to the vehicle’s engine type. The trim levels include the VR6, V-6 TDI, and V-8.

Each of the Touareg 2 models comes equipped with plenty of features and options. With the VR6, consumers can expect a power liftgate, 17-inch alloy wheels, and rear parking assist, among other features. This model also comes equipped with a sunroof and automatic wipers. The V-6 TDI includes all of those amenities as well as some extras in the form of its larger, more powerful turbo diesel engine. On the V-8 edition VW includes some very nice features as well. This model offers 19-inch alloy wheels, real wood accents, leather upholstery, and an adjustable air suspension system.

As noted, the Touareg 2 offers three different engine types. Each pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, each of the trim levels also comes equipped with all-wheel drive.

Volkswagen Touareg 2 Evolution

The Touareg 2 debuted in the 2004 model year. At that time it carried the name Touareg 1, marking Volkswagen’s first attempt at a crossover vehicle. As it turns out, the original version falls short of expectations. This lack of popularity can be traced back to several factors, including the limited space in the model. Not only does it offer limited headroom and legroom, but also limited cargo space. Most midsize SUVs of the same class offer a great deal more room for people and cargo. In later versions of the crossover, VW doesn’t correct the problem as thoroughly as possible.

In spite of the space issues, the original versions of the Touareg have plenty going for them. These vehicles are car-based, making the drive and handling of the crossover extremely comfortable. Many auto industry experts compare it to the pricier luxury Cayenne from Porsche. Drivers could also expect a well-designed, four-wheel drive element as well as a fine-tuned suspension system with the Touareg 1. Even with all of the luxury features thrown in, this crossover SUV performs well over all terrains, making it a great off-road vehicle.

Select a Volkswagen Touareg 2 Year

2012 Volkswagen Touareg 2

Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Touareg was completely redeveloped for 2011 with more power, revised powertrain choices, an eight-speed automatic transmission, a panoramic roof, and a hybrid system in lieu of a larger V-8 engine -- with 380 horsepower, it's the most powerful and luxurious Touareg yet.

2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2

Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad

2010 Volkswagen Touareg 2

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Touareg gains standard wood trim and Bluetooth for 2010, but several options are no longer available for the SUV, including the V-8 engine, locking differential, adaptive cruise control, and lane-change assist.

2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2 loses its unique V-10 diesel engine in exchange for a more fuel-efficient V-6 turbodiesel.

2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 serves as Volkswagen’s sport utility vehicle.