2016 Volkswagen Touareg

Buyer's Guide

Volkswagen’s biggest sport utility vehicle offers space, comfort, and a silver-plate pedigree. It shares its platform, powertrain with the Porsche Cayenne, and rolls off the same assembly line in Slovakia. Handsome exterior and interior styling, plus premium cabin finishes make it feel like a genuine luxury vehicle.

Little has changed for 2016 given the Touareg received a mild facelift last year.

The base Sportline model now receives a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen display with navigation, climate control, an SD card, plus a standard reverse camera which replaces parking sensors. The Comfortline trim now receives a standard heated steering wheel. Lastly, Reef Blue, a new shade of dark blue is offered on Sportline, Comfortline, and Highline trims.

All Touaregs come powered by a 3.6-litre narrow-angle direct-injected V6 engine that develops 280 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired to an eight-speed automatic and standard 4Motion all-wheel drive, and is rated to tow up to 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs). The popular TDI turbodiesel is presently on hiatus until Volkswagen figures out how to make it comply with emissions.

Equipment levels vary depending on trim; base level cars are light on luxury equipment but come featuring power heated front seats upholstered in leatherette, bi-xenon headlamps, and a power-operated tailgate. Goodies such as proximity key with push-button start, a hands-free tailgate, and blind-spot monitoring are only available on the Comfortline trim and above. Radar cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, and lane departure warning are optional extras on the Comfortline and Highline, but come standard on the Execline trim.

Pricing for the 2016 Touareg starts at $50,975, with the fully-equipped Execline selling for $64,275.

2016 Volkswagen Touareg Specifications

There are 8 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $50,975 MSRP
12.1
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
280 hp @6200 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
4dr V6 Sportline $50,975 5 SUV
4dr V6 Sportline 280 hp @6200 rpm 266 ft-lb @3000 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr V6 Sportline 188.8" 76.4" 68.2" 113.9"
4dr V6 Sportline
4dr V6 Sportline Premium Synthetic Seats
4dr V6 Sportline
4dr V6 Sportline
4dr V6 Comfortline $55,075 5 SUV
4dr V6 Comfortline 280 hp @6200 rpm 266 ft-lb @3000 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr V6 Comfortline 188.8" 76.4" 68.2" 113.9"
4dr V6 Comfortline
4dr V6 Comfortline Premium Synthetic Seats
4dr V6 Comfortline
4dr V6 Comfortline
4dr TDI Sportline $55,275 5 SUV
4dr TDI Sportline 240 hp @4000 rpm 406 ft-lb @2000 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr TDI Sportline 188.8" 76.4" 68.2" 113.9"
4dr TDI Sportline
4dr TDI Sportline Premium Synthetic Seats
4dr TDI Sportline
4dr TDI Sportline
4dr V6 Highline $59,075 5 SUV
4dr V6 Highline 280 hp @6200 rpm 266 ft-lb @3000 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr V6 Highline 188.8" 76.4" 68.2" 113.9"
4dr V6 Highline
4dr V6 Highline Leather Seats
4dr V6 Highline
4dr V6 Highline
4dr TDI Comfortline $59,375 5 SUV
4dr TDI Comfortline 240 hp @4000 rpm 406 ft-lb @2000 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr TDI Comfortline 188.8" 76.4" 68.2" 113.9"
4dr TDI Comfortline
4dr TDI Comfortline Premium Synthetic Seats
4dr TDI Comfortline
4dr TDI Comfortline
4dr TDI Highline $63,375 5 SUV
4dr TDI Highline 240 hp @4000 rpm 406 ft-lb @2000 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr TDI Highline 188.8" 76.4" 68.2" 113.9"
4dr TDI Highline
4dr TDI Highline Leather Seats
4dr TDI Highline
4dr TDI Highline
4dr V6 Execline $64,275 5 SUV
4dr V6 Execline 280 hp @6200 rpm 266 ft-lb @3000 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr V6 Execline 188.8" 76.4" 68.2" 113.9"
4dr V6 Execline
4dr V6 Execline Leather Seats
4dr V6 Execline
4dr V6 Execline
4dr TDI Execline $68,575 5 SUV
4dr TDI Execline 240 hp @4000 rpm 406 ft-lb @2000 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr TDI Execline 188.8" 76.4" 68.2" 113.9"
4dr TDI Execline
4dr TDI Execline Leather Seats
4dr TDI Execline
4dr TDI Execline

Expert Review Articles

by Justin Pritchard
November 24, 2016
Touareg loved for styling, capability and thrifty TDI power

Owner Reviews: 2016 Volkswagen / Touareg

Average Rating

2006 Volkswagen Touareg

Trim: V10 TDI Diesel AWD
by Amazing on 10-24-2012
Power and economy combined
Incredible power throughout the rpm range. Scary fast high
speed passes. The diesel is more quiet than gas and turns
a lot of heads. Height adjustable air suspension plus electronic
dampening adjustment allow for a wide range of choices.
The 2006 model is loaded with many features including zenon lights, 4-zone climate control, front and rear heated leather, sunroof, multi-disc cd etc.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
3/5
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2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

2004 Volkswagen Touareg

by amirdoodool on 10-23-2012
gas high
the gas is very high on this it takes 1200$ a month ,,and kills me on gas,the drive is very amazing and you will love it but once u drive u have to put alot of gas,and yea gas gas gas
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
3/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

2006 Volkswagen Touareg

by BillW on 10-12-2012
Solid SUV
My 2006 Touareg V6 was a great driving SUV with pleanty of torque. The interior finish and space were exceptional. My biggest issue was the Touareg went through brakes in 30,000 kms or less and tires in 35,000 kms. These were not inexpensive service items. The vehicle also seemed to blow brakes lights constantly. When not in service the Touareg was a great driving SUV.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
2/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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