After the generously proportioned first-generation Touareg the second-generation model released in 2011 emerged lighter and much sleeker. Braking, 70-0 mph: 177 ft, FUEL ECONOMY: This must be the perfect car for the current Usa. Pardon me for asking, but what is a collapsible spare tire? The vehicle tumbles for a few seconds the starts with a cloud of whitish - grey smoke. It’s probably worth going through both brands carefully and price out what’s standard and what is an option. Two, the poor quality diesel fuel used in this country back in the day. #gallery-2 .gallery-item { I found a used Cayenne S for much less with a full warranty and went with that instead because deep down, the V8 with way more options was what I really wanted. Because of this lack of demand and a desire to keep weight and costs down, all the fun off road bits aren’t sold in the USA. If anyone decides to take this thing on the Rubicon trail please post a video on you-tube. The old V10 TDI in the previous Touareg proved that a diesel could be fast and thirsty, the previous generation Jetta TDI proved diesels can be terribly slow but incredibly efficient. Full Edmunds Review: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg SUV The newest VW Touareg offers an available gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain and more passenger room, greater performance and higher fuel … Rounding out the tow-capable SUVs, are the V8 Nissan Pathfinder (7,000lbs) and Lexus GX460 (6,500lbs). The old V10 TDI in the previous Touareg proved that a diesel could be fast and thirsty, the previous generation Jetta TDI proved diesels can be terribly slow but incredibly efficient. “Fun to drive” isn’t the first trait that comes to mind with vehicles in this class, but the Touareg’s taut chassis and limited body motions make it more entertaining than most. Stepping up to the “Executive package” we tested gets the buyer 20-inch rubber, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, keyless entry & go, parking sensors and the up-level Dynaudio sound system. The problem of course with the Touareg as a true off-road vehicle is the sales demographic in the USA: buyers of the previous go-anywhere SUV thought “anywhere” meant suburban outlet stores instead of the downtown mall. IOW, the break-even point may be 75k miles at today’s fuel prices, but could be less if fuel prices go up (or, of course more, if fuel prices decline). #gallery-2 img { } Anyone who has tried towing a heavy trailer uphill with an old Dodge Ram with the old Cummins engine and 4-speed transmission knows the pain of finally hitting the power band only to have the transmission upshift and leave you back at square one. Only watching Mercedes through the years. Interesting that you compare the Touareg to the Durango a few times, because just last week I drove a Touareg with the VR6 engine to provide one reference point for the Durango I had for a week–review of the latter on Friday. Nice review Alex. Again making the Touareg the livable to tow is the 8-speed ZF automatic. VW has been trying hard to overcome perceptions of diesels for some time with varying tactics. margin-left: 0; Search … Still, if the era of high-fuel prices turns out to be our permanent future, VW’s TDI SUV makes a compelling alternative. I personally think that what you get with the Cayenne over the Treg is perhaps worth all that extra $$. The new Touareg TDI is VW’s latest attempt to prove that 90% of Americans could live with a diesel every day. Get the real truth from owners like you. You’ve never owned a w123(or researched them,) have you? Executive trim in VR6 and TDI is “currently unavailable.” Trims in the VR6 and TDI are now Sport, Sport with Navigation, and Lux. VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon, PRICE AS TESTED: $58,320 (base price: $48,770), ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve diesel V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection, Displacement: 181 cu in, 2967 cc Power: 225 bhp @ 4000 rpm Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm, TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manumatic shifting, DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 113.9 in Length: 188.8 in Width: 76.4 in Height: 68.2 in Curb weight: 5186 lb, C/D TEST RESULTS: I’ll bet it was quite a relief not having to plug this puppy in every time you parked it! Offering gasoline and TDI versions, the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg … And does anyone think that the Durango’s real-world FE is anything near 14/20, as opposed to the TDI’s 27.7 observed in this article? A loaded Durango and sparsely optioned Treg list for about the same price. Off road, the TDI is (as one would expect), an excellent companion having well suited gear ratios and abundant torque at low speeds for crawling up steep inclines. After about eight months, it is ok. Of course any of the competition we mentioned will tow a trailer comparably well, but the Touareg TDI’s advantage is fuel economy. I look forward to your look at the Durango. You can have your cake and eat it to. With the demise of the old Explorer, and the death of all GM’s GMT360 variants, most mid-size SUVs sold in the US no longer contain the RWD based drivetrains that permit moderate towing capacities around 7,000lbs. On cold mornings I did notice a tiny hint of vibration and clatter when the engine first started, but after a few seconds the engine quiets down to a purr smoother than I thought a diesel was capable of. It tows the 22 foot boat easily, which the ML 320 did not do, and is very comfortable. … It’s great that the Touareg’s telematics system receives traffic information, however unlike most modern systems VW chose not to overlay the map with colored lined to indicate traffic speeds on major highways. Some times I have to stop the vehicle from tumbling so … 10K miles according to the owner’s manual. } Speaking of pricing, our Touareg TDI came with the $9,950 “Executive package” raising our tester to $57,500 from the $47,950 sticker worn by base TDI models. The resulting feel seems well suited to the diesel engine while the same transmission in the hybrid left me occasionally asking what was wrong with the 6-speed. Reverting back to being known simply as the Touareg, Volkswagen's new previous crossover vehicle grows slightly in overall length. 6 CD in-dash changer now available but only without navigation. From Volks-frigging-wagen? With luxury brands using this engine refinement is the name of the game. Probably the biggest reason the 3.0L V6 is so livable is the new 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. Never tuned or put a drop of oil in the engine between oil changes. MPGomatic.com puts an AWD 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI to a week-long test drive, rolling up over 700 miles. US buyers are also treated to a fairly ridiculous looking collapsible spare tire. I did need two new vacuum pumps during that time (no engine vacuum to run all of the then non-electric door locks, HVAC Unlike diesels we all remember the TDI cranked just like a gasoline engine. Beyond that, diesel fuel is more expensive than gasoline at the moment, but you’ll go farther on a gallon of it than the gas-engined Touaregs will on the same amount of petrol. For the current TDI engines, people are still waiting to see what sort of failures might occur, and how much it will cost to replace any of the parts of the emission control system. 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Reviews: Read 2 candid owner reviews for the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg. The torque of the diesel is truly sumptuous, and … Of course, not available in North America. Out on the road the 225HP and prodigious torque are more than adequate to get the Touareg moving on a short freeway onramps. Along with the Jetta, the 2011 model year also results in an upgraded Volkswagen crossover utility vehicle. The worst complaints are exhaust system, engine problems. (European buyers are able to spec a 4.2L V8 which wins the torque award by a hair.). The BEP is 75000 miles? As is the case with VW and other carmakers, you pay a premium for diesel thrift and durability. float: left; TrueDelta will have an initial result for the related Grand Cherokee on Friday. I can’t honestly imagine that much cross shopping, even with VW’s market position as a main-line brand, but it seemed to be a sensible comparison point in some respects. Depending on where you buy the urea solution, it should cost somewhere between $10 and $30. We have no complaints about the TDI … Also needed a new transmission at about 100K. One of the ways VW has accomplished this price reduction is by discontenting and bundling options together into packages. The Porsche starts at $48K with the gas engine and that also gives you something I don’t think is available at all on the Touareg, A Manual Transmission. VW Touareg 4.2 TDi Altitude review By Robert Couldwell on December 17, 2011 in Car Reviews 2011 , Volkswagen No footballers, no drug dealers – just good, classless, neutral image … Big and frugal. Even our new and improved ULSD is not as good as what the Europeans get. The new Touareg TDI is VW’s … Our own 0-60 test executed in 6.97 seconds which is fairly close to what other publications have recorded and significantly faster than VW’s own 0-60 claims. text-align: center; I think it runs pretty well, now! I must admit that I was taking the piece seriously until I choked on that credibility obliterating piece of fantasy. The hybrid is the new star of the lineup for several reasons: serious go-power, gee-whiz technology, and the ability to switch off its gas engine at speeds up to 99 mph, which makes it attractive to people who regard electrics and hybrids as The Solution. Personally I’ll stick to gasoline. Really terrible stuff. Exactly as Bytor says “If you look at the torque curve of the 2.0L TDI vs 2.0L TSI, the Torque starts nice and low on both, but it starts falling much sooner(~2500 RPM) on the TDI and it stays relatively flat on the TSI almost to the point where the TDI redlines (where it has dropped significantly on the TDI) then the the TSI does start dropping and but keeps going for another 2000 more RPM.”. Average economy: 27.7MPG (observed:30.5MPG Highway), #gallery-2 { Being caught behind one is about as much fun as being caught behind a bus. This redesigned Touareg is not quite as tall as its predecessor, a little longer, a little broader in beam, and a little more aggressive in its stance, thanks to a 1.5-inch increase in track. VW has been trying hard to overcome perceptions of diesels for some time with varying tactics. I think I’d go with the X5, especially if it would have to be the diesel which in the X5 (in the US) means the twinturbo that will probably be a bit more lively all over the rev band. Turbo lag is minimal for a diesel, that is to say it reminds me of driving a 1980s turbo car: the lag is there but it can be a pleasant companion. EDIT: Oh yeah…a friend who a few years ago purchased one of the last diesel VW Jettas before diesel engines were banned here(? You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io, Tested: 2000 Nissan Frontier SC Powers Up, Mercedes Metris Weekender: Four-Wheeled Escapism, Tested: 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Adds V-8 Power, Tested: 2006 Cadillac XLR-V Blends Power and Class, Tested: 1991 Saab 9000 Turbo Welcomes More Power, Tested: 1997 Honda Prelude SH Evolves Gracefully, Tested: 2005 $55K Luxury Sports Sedan Battle, Tested: 2021 VW Arteon Doubles Down on Design. First it gets amazing gas mileage for size, weight and performance. Standing ¼-mile: 15.9 sec @ 85 mph This is pretty standard diesel vs petrol behavior. The only person that believes these cars reliable is the person that has never owned one, or is trying to convince themselves their car is something it is not. Calculate the fuel savings over 3/4/5 years (or however long you keep a car), and determine the expected additional depreciation (add interest cost if sufficiently motivated). Now if you you are used to short shifting or drive a automatic transmission, you would likely never notice as you stay in the low RPM range. Zero to 60 mph: 6.9 sec While this may seem a tad spendy, the 2011 Touareg TDI is a far cry in pricing from the last oil-burning SUV VW sold on these shores. It is to laugh. width: 20%; Dramatic new curves gave the new model a more dynamic look. First released in 2004, this 3.0 liter, 24-valve DOHC powerplant is well known in Europe and found under the hood of vehicles such as the Phaeton, Audi A8, and Porsche Cayenne. I was impressed by the ride. The Treg still costs quite a bit even though it’s less than the Cayenne. Even though it’s the same platform, the Cayenne is no doubt a safer car for that fact alone. } After about 30,000 miles, both our diesels smoked like a 60 year old hooker. The first-generation Touareg was in … How about throwing this engine/transmission combo into the A5, A7, and A6? To help with the survey, with just about any car: The comparison seemed almost inevitable, based mostly on the towing capacity of the vehicles. Shortly after the Geneva Auto Show we had the opportunity to drive Volkswagen's new 2011 Touareg in Florence, Italy. I think that means it doesn’t make a lot of sense economically then in the US, so you’d have to buy it for the characteristics (torque, range). The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive is one awesome car. Get 2011 Volkswagen Touareg values, consumer reviews, safety ratings, and find cars for sale near you. “While the new Durango is average for the pack with EPA numbers of 14/20, the Touareg boasts an EPA rating of 19/29”. That highway number is 4 mpg better than the new hybrid’s rating. margin-top: 10px; The Touareg TDI uses the same engine as its close cousin the Audi Q7. The Cayenne actually lives up to the ‘sport’ part of SUV. The VW is a nice vehicle, but isn’t outstanding in any way (aside from the TDI’s EPA ratings) and its price tag is steep. The ZF 8HP45 employs close ratios to help keep the engine in its relatively narrow power band (compared to a turbocharged gasoline engine). Volkswagen provided the test vehicle, insurance and a tank of diesel. The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has 21 problems & defects reported by Touareg owners. The Drive Clean test for diesel is nonsense. As for the Touareg, I like it, but not as much as the previous model. I would prefer such a system to be mounted higher on the dash thereby increasing the ease of use (and lowering distraction) while driving. I am a bit surprised by your comment about the engine’s “relatively narrow powerband (compared to a turbocharged gasoline engine)” – could you elaborate? My grandfather bought a chevy with that olds diesel engine. Brake-pedal feel is also excellent, although the braking distance from 70 to 0 mph is so-so at 177 feet. Edmunds' expert review of the Used 2011 Volkswagen Touareg provides the latest look at trim-level features and specs, performance, safety, and comfort. Learn more about the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg. Nice one! #gallery-2 .gallery-caption { And neither have a real locking differential now anymore, so both aren’t true off roaders. Top speed (governor limited): 125 mph Volkswagen hasn’t always been known for shrewd product planning—consider the Passat W-8, or better, the Phaeton—but the new Touareg looks like a triumphal strategic SUV symphony in three keys: regular gas engine, hybrid, and diesel. In addition the Treg’s brakes are pathetic by comparison. ), proceeded to convert it to running on cooking grease, thereby voiding his warranty, having the system utterly fail, and spending who-knows-what re-converting to diesel only again. As our 1050-mile week with the Touareg drew to a close I realized that it had only visited the diesel pump once during the week for an expensive 22-gallon fill-up eking 610 miles out of the first tank. by Old Lawyer from Wood County, West Virginia on Fri Mar 04 2011 I traded in a Cadillac Escalade when I bought the Volkswagen Touareg TDI, Executive trim. It wasn’t until the w201 cars were introduced that they began to shift toward Gasoline again. And of course there’s diesel thrift—19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, per the EPA; 21 during our travels. This omission seems contrary to the obviously high-class interior and fairly hefty price tag. Search from 21 Used Volkswagen Touareg cars for sale, including a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Executive, a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Lux, and a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI. Best line ever. All on-road diesel is now Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel with sulfur at 15 ppm max (used to be 500 ppm). If you look at the torque curve of the 2.0L TDI vs 2.0L TSI, the Torque starts nice and low on both, but it starts falling much sooner(~2500 RPM) on the TDI and it stays relatively flat on the TSI almost to the point where the TDI redlines (where it has dropped significantly on the TDI) then the the TSI does start dropping and but keeps going for another 2000 more RPM. I heartily agree. Are you in Ontario as well? One of the oddities that turned into something of an annoyance during our week was the traffic notification system. All Touareg TDI models regardless of package have the easy-to-use VW RNS 850 navigation system with iPod/USB integration, Bluetooth and Sirius satellite radio. The Touareg… If American metal is more your thing, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango twins can tow almost as much (7,400lbs) but must be equipped with the thirsty 5.7L V8 to do so. Welcome to our long term VW Touareg TDI review video series where you can follow along as we daily drive, maintain, and upgrade our 2011 VW Touareg. At 225HP, and 406lb-ft of twist they might just be on to something. Although if I’d buy an X5 it’d have to be a petrol version (sweet engines)…. There is so much torque that it’s challenging to shift smoothly at full acceleration …. Which is why I’m holding on to my Jetta TDI for a while longer. With navigation there’s only a single CD player available. For reference this more torque than the 380HP supercharged hybrid Touareg we tested in January SUV making it the “torquiest” Touareg on these shores. In comparison: the Mercedes ML350 BlueTEC is rated at 7,200lbs and the BMW X5 xDrive35d is rated at 6,500lbs. Sure, Porsche’s options are wallet killers but if you’re disciplined, a decently optioned Cayenne (V6) still gives you more good stuff than the decontented Treg, which isn’t exactly cheap either. The result is a car that many feel is better looking than its Porsche cousin, the Cayenne, and which also features a wide range of powerpl… This redesigned Touareg is not quite as tall as its predecessor, a little longer, a little broader in beam, and a little more aggressive in its stance, thanks to a 1.5-inch increase in track. At least not for now. I had to drive a VR6 around for a couple hours last week, and I really liked it. Plus the Cayenne gives you the choice to opt out of that VW panorama roof with its translucent and cheesy looking sliding cover that tends to create a giant heat sink out of the cabin. There are a lot of vintage Mercedes diesels around here. Read 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Owner Reviews, Expert Reviews, Prices, Specs and Photos. A winner of the 2011 Best New Canadian SUV/CUV (over 50k), as voted on by members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, the Volkswagen Touareg is based on a platform … VW has managed to create what GM failed to with the Tahoe Hybrid: An SUV that delivers good mileage with or without a trailer attached that has a bit of off-road cred tossed in (just in case). Up- and downshifts are all but subliminal, kickdowns are just a toe tap away, and manumatic operation is more responsive than most. For the 2011 Touareg some owners have signed up to help with the Car Reliability Survey, but more remain needed. Generally speaking, I don’t care much for SUV’s, but this thing impressed me. Nevertheless, if being first across the intersection isn’t a priority (if it is, you’re looking at the wrong class of vehicles), this powertrain, combined with cosmetic upgrades and a spiffy—and enlarged—interior, makes the 2011 Touareg TDI a very smooth operator and a compelling proposition. The all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Touareg TDI is powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that cranks out 225 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. You talk like we’re still in 1985. The latest version of VW’s navigation software continues to be touch-driven in contrast to Mercedes’ COMMAND system, BMW’s iDrive and even VAG’s own Audi brand’s MMI. Reliability is a big unknown for both of these all-new vehicles. 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Reliable and low-volume European diesels from the 1970s and 1980s? The all-new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg is the second generation of the SUV built on a shared Volkswagen Group platform in Bratislava, Slovakia alongside its platform cousins, the Audi Q7 and the Porsche Cayenne.. Not only did VW decide to keep the more capable 4xMotion 4WD system with low range a Euro-only option, but the adjustable-height suspension remains off-limits for American Shoppers. Compared to the base V6 Touareg, this represents a 24% increase in observed fuel economy for a $3,000 premium. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links. If you’re shopping for a Touareg, just walk right past that base V6 model on the floor and give the TDI a try. We may earn money from the links on this page. I drove my ’83 300SD (large body small engine) 140K miles in 8-9 years. Diesels? How much and How often do you have to fill up the UREA tank for the Rube Goldberg exhaust treatment system?? The screen layouts are logical and easy to follow, the 3D mapping is on par with most systems as well. Last GM he ever bought. border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; And the cheap brand stuff still sold. Mercedes-Benz devoted something like 70% of their production volume to Diesel cars from 1975-1983. That being said, the high cost of diesel and the relative uncertainty of what is undeniably still a niche market in America should be a concern for shoppers. 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 V6 FSI Pricing and Specs: V6 TDI: 3.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO : $19,300 – 26,840: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 V6 TDI Pricing and Specs: V6 TDI 4XMotion: 3.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO : $21,000 – 28,490: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 V6 TDI … Missing out on a huge slug of the burgeoning American 'Sports Utility' market didn't sit happily with the top brass at Volkswagen and sharing a good deal of the chassis development budget with Porsche also helped to defray spiralling costs. Plus, you’ll never have to spend a nickel on spark plugs. The diesel Touareg receives the same high quality interior as the Touareg hybrid we recently reviewed. I know, because I unfortunately drove my father’s 85HP, 1983 Cutlass Cierra diesel when I was a kid. Touareg V6 TDI On The Road The Touareg is sophisticated, well-mannered and easy to manouevre, despite its considerable size and length. Sep 6, 2011 From inception, the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne were developed side by side to spread out the development costs of an entirely new platform. Also then diesel was cheaper than regular unleaded. Rear view camera is now deleted in the Sport trim. The big news is the Touareg Hybrid, but it's not the only thing new. It boasts impressive fuel economy by 2.5-ton-SUV standards, as well as flood-tide torque. If you are searching for a vehicle that is suitable for commuting on weekdays and towing your Eddie Bauer Airstream or horse trailer with two ponies on weekends, a mid-size diesel SUV makes plenty of economic sense. Consider this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audi_R10_TDI. Our tester was not equipped with a class three hitch, but my local VW dealer as kind enough to loan me a Touareg TDI properly equipped for some mountain towing fun. While the new Durango is average for the pack with EPA numbers of 14/20, the Touareg boasts an EPA rating of 19/29 which is a touch higher than the BMW and Mercedes diesel SUV offerings. In recent years, the diesel pickups that roar away obnoxiously because their drivers think they’re in a NASCAR vehicle fantasizing. Compared to BMW’s latest iDrive however the VW system seems less polished. As of 2011, all diesel passenger cars and trucks that VW sells are 50 state certified and compliant with the EPA’s Tier 2 Bin 5 emission requirements. The diesel Touareg is rated to tow a segment leading 7,700lbs which is nothing to sniff at. As a longtime diesel promoter, Volkswagen’s interest in hybrids has been strictly competitive, its corporate line an assertion that diesel is the better fuel-saving alternative. This is not a fault of VW but just a general characteristic of turbo diesels in general, and this is exactly why the 8-speed makes all the difference because it keeps the engine in that sweet spot like previous ZFs VW has used never could making the feel very liveable for an American used to a gasoline vehicle. EPA city/highway driving: 19/28 mpg C/D observed: 21 mpg, Honda to Show Off-Road Fit at Virtual Tokyo Salon, 2022 Ford Maverick Could Be a True Compact Truck, Every New Car You Can Still Buy with a Stick Shift, I Powered My House with the Ford F-150 Hybrid. I think I’d rather have a castrated off road SUV with at least an emphasis on the S and not just the U. Even if Porsche has underrated the stoplight performance of the Cayenne, these are some impressive numbers for an SUV that tips the scales at 4,974lbs as tested. This version of the Touareg is a luxury SUV with a quiet and plush interior imparting a truly premium ambiance. The base model is fairly well featured as it stands; the $3,850 “Lux” package adds 19-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, walnut trim, leather seats with 12-way adjustable driver’s sear and electric rear seat releases. 4,000lbs of bricks in a 2,100lb trailer proved no problem for the Touareg’s 406lb-ft of torque. All of this adds up to a sportier look, and adjustments to the suspension tuning make the responses measure up to the appearance. If the fuel savings are greater than the addition depreciation, it’s worthwhile for you — if not, stick with the base engine (unless you like diesels/hybrids for other reasons). The transmission is an eight-speed automatic. In my opinion, it’s driving dynamics are HUGLY improved over the previous model and the V6 was surprisingly strong. $50K – $60K for an SUV? The heart of the matter here, of course, is VW’s 3.0-liter turbo-diesel. What really chafes is that I have to waste a morning taking my late model gas car in to be smogged every 2 years while the reeking 190d in front of me is exempt. Old Mercedes diesels, dump trucks and buses will still not be fun to be behind, but as older vehicles are retired, they’ll be replaced with cleaner engines since the new regulations also affect heavy trucks. Harder to price, but definitely worth considering is that the purchase of the more fuel-efficient version of any vehicle (diesel, hybrid) also serves to hedge future fuel price increases during the time of ownership of the vehicle. Pricing for the base Touareg Sport TDI starts at $48,770, $3500 more than the base Touareg V-6 and $3620 more than the base TDI model in 2010. It’s visual only. 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