2017 Volkswagen Touareg Crossover Test Drive Review

2017 Volkswagen Touareg Crossover Test Drive Review
- refined ride quality, well-damped suspension, quiet cabin, standard adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel

- infotainment system is woefully outdated, don't have a USB port, outclassed by the Jeep Grand Cherokee

- mid-level Lux model has been replaced by the Wolfsburg trim

- the base $50,405 Sport trim, standard a touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, 18-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control

- Wolfsburg trim $53,705 comes with panoramic sunroof, 20-inch wheels, leather seating, 14-way-power-adjustable front seats

- 280-hp 3.6-liter V-6, 7.8 seconds to 60 mph, eight-speed automatic, a Sport mode, a Manual mode, all wheel drive is standard

- fuel economy isn’t the strong point while modern crossover as the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport eke out better fuel efficiency

- comfortable, composed, solid chassis, supple suspension, firm steering, capable handling

- brake pedal inspires confidence, actual braking performance is lackluster

- handsome interior design, a well-equipped cabin, nicely textured plastics, chrome trim, logically placed controls

- heated steering wheel is wrapped in leather, contrasting stitching, front seats have good lumbar support

- outward visibility and forward visibility is very good

- lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation as standard in the Touareg, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth phone, audio streaming

- Executive models receiving a 10-speaker Dynaudio premium stereo system and 360-degree exterior camera

- the infotainment interface is frustrating to use

- smallest cargo volumes, but its square shape and flat floor make it useful, not only extends and retracts horizontally, it also incorporates a second track up the inside of the rear roof pillar that holds the cover up and out of the way, providing quick access to your cargo.

- good-looking SUV, handsomely styled and subtly upscale, adaptive headlamps swivel with steering-wheel

- rain-sensing windshield wipers with heated washer nozzles are standard

- large and heavy liftgate can be powered open and shut by the key fob or by waving your foot under the rear bumper

- Volkswagen Touareg provide luxury car comfort

Pros good looks, standard active-safety features, comfortable ride
Cons outdated infotainment, underpowered for its size