2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux review notes – Autoweek

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2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux notes

The 2012 Volkswagen TDI is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged making 225 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.

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WES RAYNAL: There’s a lot to be said for diesel-powered Touaregs — are rock solid, not too trucky and the 406 of torque makes them commuters. There is, however, the notion of paying $50k-plus for a If you can get your head around this is pretty much as a midsize SUV as there is.

I do love engine. Anytime the torque is higher than the horsepower, I good things, and in this there is instant thrust. I caught a whiff of diesel and there is little clatter.

I’m impressed with the way the car and I put that in quotes because it 5,000 pounds — so all relative. But it doesn’t roll as much as other big SUVs, and control is remarkable. In fact, the is almost sporty for an SUV. The offers good feedback the road, too.

Actually, all a pretty remarkable driving again, for a car this big.

The is nice, though it doesn’t quite as nice as that of the this replaces. The quality of seems to have fallen off a but not by much.

Now back to price for a A base Touareg costs and the base diesel $46,875. So a $3,500 difference. How long it take you to make that up?

DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW As a recent Volkswagen TDI buyer not a Touareg), I’ll start by Wes’ question: Chances are never make up that There’s more than at work. For some, it’s fun nearly 30 mpg in a 2.5-ton SUV.

And enjoys having more 400 lb-ft on tap to play with.

I the first half of my drive the Touareg puttering up I-75 in traffic with the air conditioning on. going easy (but not by any stretch), the VW never broke rpm between shifts, and returned a 29.7 mpg by the time I exited the about 10 miles and 30 minutes

After picking up the kids and them into the leather-lined my 3-year-old asked his customary question: #8220;Is this a car?#8221; Since I wasn’t sure, we found a safe of road and stood on it for a moment.

As a of fact, yes — yes it is a fast in that diesel jet-thrust of way. We only had room to accelerate for a few seconds, but the Touareg instantly to attention and pushed . downshifting imperceptibly through the transmission.

About that It’s interesting VW went so many ratios, given the diesel has such a large reserve — plenty to a six-speed automatic perfectly As it stands, though, the eight-speed to keep the slow-revving (comparatively engine in a narrow sweet nearly all the time. Accelerate, hit rpm, shift, drop to repeat. The thrust feels

But then, I like diesels.

So about the rest of our $55k Chocolate-brown leather seems to be up in more high-end vehicles, and the interior looks great it. I will concur with Wes on the that the 2012 model a touch less opulent earlier models, which nearly Phaetonesque in their Up against Lexus RX 350.

Q7 and BMW X5 competitors, though, the Volkswagen give up much in terms of and telematics.

But will those buyers visit a Volkswagen particularly now that the Jetta and are touting their value their premium accoutrements? not sure. but they should.

NEWS EDITOR GREG This 2012 Volkswagen TDI Lux is an elegant, potent and fun-to-drive SUV that is worth a test for those in the upscale-utility market. being said, it’s to decipher how to spend 50 grand for a Touareg. That’s not a slap, just a luxury price for a that generally isn’t luxury.

Recalibrate your however, and the cabin finished in brown and superlative engine is first-class. Everything the driver looks and feels upscale. The is a rocket, delivering copious of torque immediately and efficiently.

strong from launch, low in the band, and more than on the open expressway.

I like the looks of this and the elevated road view, steering and soaring sunroof all and please the occupant. The fuel is excellent. It really comes to what you want to drive?

Touareg has everything. Do you want to pay for a That’s up to you.

2012 Touareg TDI Lux

Base Price:

As-Tested Price: $53,225

3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6; eight-speed automatic

Output: 225 hp @ rpm, 406 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

Weight: 4,974 lb

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