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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Review

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The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg is a five-door crossover SUV available in variations of Sport, Lux, and Executive trims. It blends the smooth drivability of a compact car with the flexibility and enormous hauling ability of an SUV, producing a vehicle unlike anything offered on the market.

Drivers of the Touareg get the satisfaction of a smooth experience behind the wheel, highlighted by strong acceleration and easy handling. A host of standard safety and convenience features, combined with a long history of reliability, make the Touareg an excellent choice for anyone shopping for a vehicle that is both fun to drive and able to transport people in style and comfort.

New For 2013

The Volkswagen Touareg gets a couple of minor changes for the 2013 model year:

  • The V-6, diesel engine gets a 15-horsepower (hp) increase
  • The Executive trim has an easy-open trunk function


The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg has a 189-inch length, 76-inch width, 68-inch height, eight-inch ground clearance, 114-inch wheelbase, and 4,700-pound curb weight. This year’s model is slightly wider than previous models. It has a beautiful design that is classy and extremely attractive, while sporting an athletic, aggressive stance built on a solid frame.

The front is characterized by a curvaceous hood that flows into a narrow grille sporting the Volkswagen moniker. Spanning out from the grille are long, uniquely-shaped headlights. Down below are the air intakes and daytime running lamps. From the side, it flashes its true beauty, highlighted by a sharp style and sleek alloy wheels. A rear view captures its Audi-like LED taillights and stylish tailpipes. Standout features are its roof rails.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg is spacious enough to comfortably fit five passengers, who will enjoy riding in luxury and style. It is consciously built for both commercial use and family transportation. Seating is made of high-quality materials and provides adequate comfort. Cargo room is more than sufficient for transporting bulky packages, a large amount of groceries, or camping equipment.

The features of the Touareg are dazzling. For starters, there is a touch-screen navigation system that is sophisticated, easy to use, and enables more efficient travelling. is the Touareg also includes a hookup for Bluetooth-capable devices, such as smartphones and iPods. Add in the heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and cruise control, and it leaves little to be desired.


The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg has four-wheel anti-lock brakes with emergency brake assist. It is equipped with stability and traction control for better handling, along with driver and front-passenger front and side-impact airbags. Overhead airbags are also installed to protect occupants during a side collision or rollover. Front and rear seats have height-adjustable head restraints and anti-whiplash technology to help prevent injury in a rear-end collision. Rear seats have child seat anchors, and seatbelts feature pre-tensioners that automatically tighten to help restrain passengers in the event of an accident. There is a security system on board to help prevent theft.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg comes packed with either a 3.6-liter, gas-powered, V-6 engine that pumps out 280 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, or a turbocharged, 3.0-liter, diesel engine that produces 240 hp and an impressive 406 lb-ft of torque. Hybrid models have a 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 that cranks out 380-horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque. It has a towing capacity of over 7,500 pounds. All engines are mated with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. All models have strong acceleration, enabling easy merges onto the highway and quick take-offs. Turbocharged and Hybrid models are capable of sprinting from zero to 60 mph in between six and seven seconds. Fuel economy is 19/28 mpg city/highway.

The Touareg is built with an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs, teamed with a multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. Due to this solid setup, it offers a very stable and smooth ride. Handling is excellent, with hardly any noticeable body roll. Power steering is easy and predictable. Brakes are firm and strong, easily able to assist in making quick stops when needed.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg

  • Acura MDX
  • Audi Q5
  • BMW X3
  • Lexus RX 350
  • Lincoln MKT

See the New 2014 Touareg.

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