The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg is available with three different engines, a 3.6L direct-injected V6 that makes 280 horsepower, a 4.2L V8 that produces 350 horsepower and a 5.0L V10 "TDI" turbo diesel that is capable of 310 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. These ratings make the TDI capable of towing up to 7,716 pounds while keeping relatively impressive EPA fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg city, 20 highway.
All three engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic, which allows manual gear selection, plus the 4XMOTION all-wheel-drive system, oriented for on- or off-road conditions. All Touaregs have impressive approach and departure angles and are designed to handle water up to 22.8 inches deep.
With the V6, the Touareg boasts decent acceleration, with 0-to-60 times now of 8.3 seconds, according to the automaker.
The Touareg's interior is luxurious but also utility-minded. Rugged leatherette upholstery is standard, and the rear seat is split 60/40 and folds forward nearly flat for expanded cargo capacity.
Four-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), electronic stability control, and an electronic differential lock are standard on the Touareg, along with engine braking assist (EBA), which helps maintain stability in steep situations. For steep off-road situations, hill descent control and hill climb assist, two other electronic aids, are standard.
A 4-wheel air suspension system, which can help maintain an even load when towing or off-roading, is standard on the V10 TDI and optional on the other two models.
The Volkswagen Touareg has several changes for 2008. On the exterior, a host of visual changes have affected the front end, with a restyled grille, chrome "eyebrow" trim, a new headlight design and revised bumpers, mirrors, taillights and exhaust tips. New wheel designs have been applied as well, and four new colors are available.
Inside, there is a larger instrument panel, a new LCD stereo interface, a revamped center console, and the 8-way power adjustable driver's seat is now adjustable in 12-ways. A power liftgate is standard, as is SIRIUS satellite radio. New options include a Dynaudio sound system, keyless access and 4-zone climate control, and new packages include the Lux Package and the Technology Package.
The 2008 VW Touareg has a luxurious interior, smooth ride, and impressive off-road capability. The V10 TDI engine is a standout for its towing ability and relative efficiency.
Competent off-road ability; high tow rating; plush ride.
Vehicle Price: 39,990.00
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