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2006 Volkswagen Touareg

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2006 Volkswagen Touareg Review

Alluring mixture of street-dwelling crossover and tough off-road vehicle.

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Overview

The 2006 Volkswagen Touareg can take on conditions, such as rush-hour traffic and off-road mountain trails with the same efficiency. The name ?Touareg? comes from a nomadic tribe that frequently travels through the Sahara Desert. Strong emotional and physical constitution is required when conquering the harsh terrains. Fitting for an SUV that can take on such travels, Volkswagen deems it an appropriate name to adopt for the sport utility vehicle.

The SUV possesses strong physiology and careful engineering to provide the best off-road or in-traffic performance for all drivers. Volkswagen almost straddles the divide between traditional SUVs and crossover SUVs perfectly. With the unibody structure, it accomplishes agile handling on pavement while the independent four-wheel suspension takes the SUV traditionally into the backwoods, if desired. The Touareg can also tread up to 22 inches of water when off-roading.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-8, 4.9-liter V-10 diesel
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Touareg V6, Volkswagen Touareg V8, Volkswagen Touareg V10 diesel

What's New

Volkswagen planned to introduce a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine for 2006 and reintroduce the V-10 diesel. However, the V-10 didn’t debut until late 2006 and the 3.2-liter V-6 got shelved until 2007. Consequently, the only important change concerns the addition of an auxiliary connector and rear-view camera.

Exterior

The 2006 midsize, four-door Volkswagen Touareg SUV has two models available: the V-6 and the V-8, along with a diesel V-10. The V-6 models come with standard 17 inch alloy wheels, and the V-8 models come with 18-inchers and upgraded side mirrors. Options include parking sensors, 19-inch wheels, HID headlights, locking rear differential, and adjustable air suspension. Body paint colors range in shades and include 10 different colors from which to choose.

Interior

2006 Volkswagen Touareg V-6’s standard features include heated leatherette seats, automatic climate control, a telescoping steering wheel, a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, genuine wood accents, and a rear-view mirror with auto-dimming functionality. Upping to the V-8 adds leather seats, upgraded mirrors, and front power-adjustable seats. The various options available include premium leather upholstery, climate control in four zone functions, and the navigation system.

While riding inside the 2006 Volkswagen Touareg passengers experience an upscale feel to the two-tone ensemble that comes accented with aluminum and real wood. The hard surfaces feel very smooth and only include the console, doors, and lower dash. Cargo capacity remains fairly good with about 71 cubic feet with all seats folded and around 31 cubes when fully intact.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Volkswagen Touareg offers two engine options: a 3.2-liter V-6 and 4.2-liter V-8 that produce 240 horsepower with 229 lb-ft of torque and 310 hp with 302 lb-ft of torque, respectively. For better fuel economy, the 4.9-liter, V-10 diesel engine can be used. The four-wheel-drive system comes on all Touaregs and includes the low-range gearing when off-roading. Optionally, the addition of air suspension allows the Volkswagen Touareg to gain a ground clearance of 11.9 inches from the normal 8.3. The rear-locking differential comes as an option. Both engines while properly equipped can tow approximately 7700 pounds.

Whether taking the Touareg off-road or driving on pavement, this SUV certainly pleases almost every driver. The ride quality feels stable and smooth, while remaining very agile when cornering, even with its heavy body. The air suspension does wonders for ride quality over deep ruts and steep passes.

Safety

All 2006 Volkswagen Touareg models feature anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and BrakeAssist, hill incline and descent rollback control, and stability control. Safety items include front-occupant side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, and seat belt pretensioners for all other positions. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-conducted crash testing, the Touareg earns four stars for front crashes and five stars for front and rear side impacts.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Touareg V6: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Touareg V8: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Touareg V10: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Numerous standard features
  • Solid construction
  • Good off-road capability
  • Upscale interior
  • Elegant road manners

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • No CD changer in the dash
  • Smaller back seats than rivals

Sum Up

Alluring mixture of street-dwelling crossover and tough off-road vehicle.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • BMW X5
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class
  • Kia Sorento
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Buick Encore

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