The VW Touareg Is Still Going Strong in 2016
The Volkswagen Touareg is a midsize luxury crossover that’s been impressing drivers since it first rolled off the line in 2002. Now, with fourteen years of engineering innovations behind it, the 2016 Touareg is better than ever.
An Array of Standard Options
Whether you choose to purchase the five-passenger Touareg in the Sport, Lux, or Executive trim level, you can expect plenty of standard features that won’t cost extra. Even the base model comes with heated mirrors, a power liftgate, LED running lights, fog lights, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface. Many of these items are considered extra on most crossover SUVs, but luxury vehicles always offer you the best for your money.
Adding the Technology Driver Assistance package kicks things up a notch. You always expect the best technology from luxury vehicles, and Volkswagen has delivered with a frontal collision warning system, a blind-spot warning system, parking sensors, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, a heated steering wheel, navigation system, and hands-free power liftgate.
Refined Aesthetic with Stout Towing Capabilities
Upon first glance, the Touareg is a classy-looking vehicle that certainly fits the bill of a luxury crossover, so it may surprise you that it can stand on its own when it comes to some heavy-duty hauling. The 2016 Touareg can tow a maximum of 7,700 pounds, which is outstanding for a midsize crossover. When you combine this level of durability with a refined cabin and higher-end finishes, the Touareg blows other midsize crossovers out of the water.
If you’re more concerned about storage capacity than towing ability, you’ll be happy to know that the Touareg boasts 32.1 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, which opens up to 64 cubic feet with the seatbacks stowed.
If you compare the first-generation Touareg with today’s model, you’ll notice a vast improvement in safety features. Not only can you enjoy a wide variety of safety tech like automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring, but the standard safety features are more refined than ever. The 2016 Touareg offers antilock disc brakes, multiple airbags, post-collision braking, and traction and stability control to ensure your ride is as safe as possible.
What’s more, in safety tests, the Touareg came to a complete stop from 60 mph in just 121 feet, which is incredibly impressive. Owning a VW Touareg means never having to second-guess your family’s level of safety and security.
Better Fuel Economy
Most automakers have seen an improvement in overall fuel economy since the early 2000s, and that’s in large part thanks to newer, lighter materials and better engineering. The 2016 Touareg with V6 engine has an average fuel economy of 19 mpg combined, which breaks down to about 17 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. Opting for the diesel-fueled Touareg TDI gets you 24 mpg combined or 21 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway.
Whether you’ve been a longtime Volkswagen fan or you’re considering the brand for the first time, you can’t go wrong with the Touareg. It’s a classy, functional crossover SUV that offers so much more than the competition.