POSTED: Friday, December 4, 2009 - 9:36pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:06am
VW goes offroad...
The Volkswagen Touareg is VW’s feeble attempt to create a true off road luxury SUV and…and…oh, who am I kidding? Even though I am a Jeep owner, I confess…I really like this thing.
And if you’re wondering exactly what the heck a Touareg is…I was, too.
The closest I can come is a tribe of wandering Berbers who live in the Sahara. Other than being 4-wheel-drive, I really don’t see the connection, but what the heck. It’s a great truck, so they can call it Gertrude if they want.
Sharing the same platform as the pricier Porsche Cayenne, the VW has a clean, almost plain shape, but frankly, it’s a relief from all the overwrought, gadget-mobiles that pass for SUV’s these days.
And to reiterate, no one builds them like the Germans. Sorry Lexus and Cadillac, but there is something about the products of the Fatherland that is more solid, better fitted and just more…uh…disciplined.
My only real complaint, the back seat is a pain in the tush to fold flat. In fact, since I couldn’t get the headrest off, I couldn’t do it. But the rest of the cabin is roomy and swathed in the products of real cows and honest to goodness trees.
Under the hood of our test vehicle was the new 3-liter, V6 turbo-diesel which joins the engine roster that includes a V8 and gasoline-power V6.
The oil-burner produces 220 horsepower and a box-load of torque, and despite the Touareg’s overall weight being only a bit less than the USS Nimitz and having the aerodynamics of a 3-bedroom bungalow, the car averages about 24 miles per gallon around town for the week I drove it.
It’s cheaper than the Cayenne, but still pricy. The whole shebang starts at around $40,000, so start saving now.
And that’s the Volkswagen Touareg. If you can handle the admission price, it’s a great truck.