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

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The Bottom Line


fuel economy.

Quiet and as a gasoline V8.

A sports car among


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Expensive price tag.

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Base price: ($54,000 as tested)

Engine: 3.0 V6 turbodiesel

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

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

weight: N/A

Fuel economy: 17 MPG MPG highway/20 MPG combined

Wheelbase: Vehicle length: 187.2 75.9 Height: 68 Ground 8.3

Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles

Cargo: 71 cubic feet 31 cubic feet

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Review – 2009 Touareg 2 V6 TDI

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

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

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

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

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

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