Michelle M. Czarka
Touareg is surely a name that is mispronounced over
and over, but there is no mistaking the visual aspects
of this vehicle as anything other than a Volkswagen.
It has an athletic stance, accentuated by large front
fender flares and brawny haunches and though visually
appealing you had best hold off on pinching its cheeks
until you witness this vehicle devour off-road conditions.
The exceptionally short front and rear overhangs make
the Touareg look like it could anywhere. And it pretty
much can. Sealed electrical connections and lights as
well as watertight doors, allow the Touareg to brave
water depths up to 22 inches. The Hill Rollback and
Hill Descent Control features prove to be very helpful
when taking on those retched back roads and steep hills.
tough and rugged when getting down to business on wilderness
terrain, the interior of the Touareg is nothing short
of refined and luxurious. Like many other in its class,
this cute ute sports real wood trim, lots of chrome
accents and plush 12-way power heated leather seats.
The center console contains the display for the audio,
entertainment and optional navigation systems, including
off-road navigation capabilities. There is adequate
seating for 5 adults but legroom could prove to be tight
for those pushing, meeting and surpassing the 6-foot
seamlessly blending luxury features, accurate handling,
and a smooth ride with traditional SUV qualities such
as large cargo space, immense ground clearance, four-
or all-wheel drive off-road ability, and towing capacity,
the Touareg is a true standout in the SUV marketplace.
Volkswagen's competition for Touareg includes the BMW
X5, Mercedes M Class, Lexus RX 330 and LX 470, Jeep
Grand Cherokee, Volvo XC90 and the Acura MDX. While
these vehicles may be the leaders in the upscale SUV
market most are crossover vehicles that focus on having
strong on-road performance. Few can stand up to the
Touareg when taken off-road and Volkswagen has proven
themselves as a serious competitor in the off-road vehicle