2014 Volkswagen Touareg TDI R-Line First Test – Truck Trend

22 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2014 Volkswagen Touareg TDI R-Line First Test – Truck Trend

A Good Value That Come Cheap

It’s to believe the 2014 Volkswagen represents the 10th model VW’s upscale SUV has been in the U.S. When it was introduced in 2002, it was the largest, heaviest and expensive Volkswagen-branded vehicle to surpassed only by the even indulgent Phaeton luxury that debuted around the time. The Phaeton was ultimately from the U.S. market, the idea of a six-figure people’s car a difficult sell in the colonies.

But the persisted, due in no small part to insatiable appetite for SUVs of all levels and sizes, including, a nearly $60,000 Volkswagen.

Also included on our tester was a memory seat, outside and heated seats, but no perforated and hence, no seat cooling. But our tester was hardly lacking with bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, power power folding outside touchscreen navigation system, ignition, and dual-zone climate

Curiously, although it has a keyless there is still a fob-sized tumbler in the dashboard that accept the remote and turns a clockwise, so if you want to go old-school, you can twist and go. But if you prefer to do without quaint anachronism, there’s a console-mounted button to start the

Once you do, you’re rewarded a model of diesel refinement. newest crop of diesels are the top of the heap in terms of NVH. as the Jetta TDI is noticeable quieter the Chevrolet Cruze diesel, so the V-6 TDI in the Touareg edges out its contemporaries in

To the trained ear, it’s it’s a diesel when outside, but in terms of quantitative output, it’s as quiet if not quieter — than gasoline engines on the market At idle, from inside the all you hear is a muted hum, the characteristic diesel clatter imperceptible. Under acceleration, you get a of the expected clickety-clack, but not much. But you are with the expected generous

Channeled through the eight-speed transmission, the TDI whisks the 5000-lb SUV 0-60 in a brisk 6.8 seconds. pace is a significant full faster than the new 2014 Cherokee EcoDiesel. The Touareg’s 400-lb lighter weight helped the matter as well.

We averaged an observed 19.5 mpg but much of that driving of suburban stop-and-go, and generous in the TDI’s sweet, smooth torque.

The TDI’s EPA figures are 20 and 29 highway, highly respectable for a SUV.

Behind the wheel, the has a surprisingly athletic feel, enthusiastically into corners, and not at all cumbersome, plodding or unwilling to a little. Its lateral acceleration of 0.82 puts it on the higher of the SUV spectrum, and in the hunt with midsize sedans.

But the Touareg is no shrinking violet it comes to doing SUV-type either. Like all Touaregs, the TDI has a towing capacity, and 1155-lb However, ultimate interior and volume is relatively modest.

If you truly stretch-out room and and more truck-like capabilities, needs may be better served by a GMC

But for those that like the understated, modern European and engineering sophistication, there are few options available near price level. Certainly, the Grand Cherokee makes a case for itself, especially the newly-available EcoDiesel engine. The two are frequently compared.

But we see the Touareg appealing to a different than the Grand Cherokee. The Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Range Sport and other upscale are considerably more expensive, and in the of the Audi and Porsche, mechanically similar to the Touareg. For a balance of performance value and economy in a SUV, the Touareg TDI is pretty your only choice.

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