2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI Test Drive and Review — New Crossover SUV Review — 2009 Volkswagen…

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The Bottom Line


Amazing fuel economy.

Quiet and powerful as a gasoline V8.

A sports car among SUVs.


AdBlue tank must be refilled every 10,000 miles.

Expensive price tag.

Air suspension will be gone after 2009.


Base price: $43,550 ($54,000 as tested)

Engine: 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel

Horsepower: 221 hp @ 3,750-4,000 rpm

Torque: 407 lb-ft @ 1,750-2,250 RPM

Curb weight: N/A

Fuel economy: 17 MPG city/25 MPG highway/20 MPG combined

Wheelbase: 112.4 Vehicle length: 187.2 Width: 75.9 Height: 68 Ground clearance: 8.3

Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles basic

Cargo: 71 cubic feet Luggage: 31 cubic feet

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Guide Review – 2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2 V6 TDI

The 2009 V6 TDI isn’t the first turbodiesel-powered TDI; up until last year Volkswagen offered the V10 TDI, a ten-cylinder monster that pulled like a locomotive but guzzled fuel and spewed pollution accordingly. The all-new V6 is a leaner, greener TDI, with a 3-liter V6 that produces 225 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The V6 TDI accelerates like a gasoline V8, yet it doesn’t make a whole lot more noise; only a distant gurgle while idling or accelerating gives away the TDI’s true identity.

No question, this is the quietest diesel vehicle I’ve ever driven. The EPA says the Touareg TDI gets 17 MPG city and 25 MPG highway, but as with most diesels, I ran right over those figures without even trying — I saw 22 MPG in town and 27 MPG on the highway, pretty amazing numbers for an SUV that weighs as much as a Sherman tank.

The new V6 TDI runs on low-sulfer clean diesel, though it does require AdBlue solution for the emissions system; the 4.4 gallon tank, located under the spare tire, must be re-filled every 10,000 miles or so. A warning light comes on 1,500 miles before the tank is empty. Don’t ignore it, because (per the EPA’s rules) the engine won’t start if the tank runs dry.

Other highlights include a marvelous new navigation system and a stereo with much-improved iPod integration. The cabin is as lovely as ever; hard to believe it hasn’t changed much in 5 years. One sad note is that 2009 will be the last year for the Touareg’s optional air suspension, which offers even better performance on- and off-road than the standard steel springs.

To sum up: The new Volkswagen Touareg 2 TDI is marvelous. It embodies everything I love about the Touareg plus an engine I can live with. The Touareg 2 is one of my favorite SUVs — and thanks to the new TDI engine, I can say that without feeling guilty. — Aaron Gold

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