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2004 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr V10 TDI

is a full, detailed review for the Volkswagen Touareg written by the experts at The New York Times. A evaluation of the driving experience, and pricing are included from with a wealth of experience.

Volkswagen Touareg: Late to the but Nicely Dressed

By KEITH

PORTLAND, Ore.

VOLKSWAGEN and have headquarters just 330 apart in Germany, and they common family ties: the VW Beetle was designed by Ferdinand who later founded his own sports car

When their interests aligned, the companies have forces – for instance, to the 914 sports car that wore the name in North America and a badge overseas.

More the companies’ stars aligned After years spent the sport utility ball, the finally became too alluring to In a quest to tap this lucrative VW and Porsche teamed up to produce a of S.U.V.’s that share a basic architecture.

The Porsche has been marketed as an exotic sport vehicle and is priced with base stickers $42,900 to $88,900. (A fully Cayenne Turbo tops

With its Touareg (pronounced like an elephant sneezing), has aimed at a lower-price, although not segment. With prices in the to $60,000 range, the Touareg has in the middle of the battleground, staring formidable competitors like the BMW X5, MDX, Volvo XC90 and FX45, along with others.

While I find the styling ungainly – I am not in this view – I the Touareg looks terrific, to a few subtle changes. The front is aggressive and the broad shoulders are the window trim is subdued and

I drove three versions of the a V-6 and two V-8’s. One, equipped the 4.2-liter, 310-horsepower V-8, an agreeable metallic beige and an attractive beige leather had a base price of $42,640. with options like a system, 19-inch wheels and a rear differential, it came to

With a 220-horsepower V-6, the starts at $36,515. The latest to the line is also the most a Touareg with a 5-liter, diesel V-10 starts at

Spacious but not supersized, this is a S.U.V. that doesn’t the line into vehicular thanks in part to VW’s to cram in a trendy (but useless) third-row seat.

The strong V-8 reminded me of BMW’s engine. Like it, the VW power responds on hard acceleration a thoroughbed leaving the gate, and the Tiptronic transmission permits gear shifting, which is effective when you are driving Unfortunately, at the tachometer’s redline, the automatically upshifts even in manual mode, depriving the of an element of control.

Car and Driver tested the V-8 Touareg’s acceleration at 7.5 from 0 to 60 m.p.h. and it feels faster.

Both of my V-8 test had the optional ($1,200) adjustable air With the suspension on its sport the car was composed and actually fun to drive on roads – more so the Cayenne Turbo, which overpowered to me. When the comfort was selected, there was noticeably body lean.

Above r.p.m. heading for the redline of the engine takes on an urgent, performance sound. Third is perfect for blasting along 55 and 70 m.p.h. On my personal pothole where I routinely test the Touareg was most impressive with low-profile tires on alloy wheels.

When crossing a succession of holes at 40 m.p.h. there was body shake, and the suspension its composure; on the same road, the suspended BMW X3 was nearly uncontrollable.

The antilock brakes are exceptional; I simulated an emergency stop on at 50 m.p.h. the vehicle came to a quickly and calmly without any

The interior is exceptionally well with tasteful wood and six analog gauges that on a nearly jewellike appearance at thanks to blue backlighting. The seat folds flat in a split, and the area behind it is

The center console is nicely offering both a cigarette and a power outlet, along switches for locking the differentials and dials for adjusting the suspension. for a German vehicle, the cup holders hold cups.

The steering wheel adjusts in and out – an uncommon feature – and up and down. The CD-based system is several steps the times, typical of German There is just one CD slot in the so you can’t listen to a music and use the navigation system simultaneously you get the rear-mounted CD changer, part of a option package. Further, you start the engine, a prominent displays an irritating message starts this way:

Distraction causes accidents. enter data while And so on. The warning is itself a distracting

On the driver’s screen, I found it odd the outside temperature wasn’t displayed, especially for a car designed to be in cold weather.

The 10-speaker sounded great, although the are needlessly complicated and buried in the of the dashboard. The seats are curiously hard and nonsupportive, but their lumbar support was appreciated.

The high-tech wipers have a feature that I found irritating. The wiper speed to have no relation to how much was on the windshield; a couple of drops send them into a frenzy.

Safety features include and passenger air bags, along side air bags and curtain that extend across all windows.

At a time when S.U.V.’s, like the X5, do not even a low gear range for off-roading, the VW is for serious slogging. All Touaregs VW’s 4XMotion permanent system, along with a low and an electronically locking center The all-wheel-drive system normally half of the torque to the front but in slippery situations it can send up to 100 to the wheel with the most

This proved useful driving off-road at a friend’s tree farm south of We unexpectedly crossed a two-foot with an irrigation ditch on the far We managed to get the skid plate the car stuck on the berm, with the wheels hanging in space the ditch.

Just one of the rear was firmly planted.

We set the adjustable to its highest level, then the center and rear differentials. One tire gained traction and the whole vehicle off the ridge. In a most impressive display, we won’t be allowed to drive the tree farm again soon.

Despite its prowess, the all-wheel-drive had a disconcerting tendency, on all three Touaregs, to bind up at low speeds in corners. An engineer conceded early models had this but said that it had been

The towing capacity is unusually at 7,716 pounds. Gas mileage, not very good, is typical of the with the V-8 rated at 14 m.p.g in and 18 on the highway. (The V-6 is rated at and the diesel at 17/23.) VW recommends fuel for the gasoline engines.

cars are usually expensive, and the weakness adds more pressure to their prices. But if is a sweet spot for performance, and value in an S.U.V. the Touareg on at least the first two counts.

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