- New R-Line trim
- Seating for five passengers
- Available motion-activated lift gate for added convenience
Blurring the line between luxury and premium, the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg combines comfort and capability into a well-refined package.
For 2014, the Touareg welcomes a new trim level to the stable, the sporty R-Line which gets a sport suspension, unique 20-inch alloy wheels, some subtle exterior styling tweaks, and added interior detailing including aluminum trim pieces and stainless-steel pedals.
The midsize Touareg shares more than a passing resemblance with the compact Tiguan, with menacing headlights surrounding the trademark Volkswagen horizontal grille. While it doesn’t break any new styling ground, the Touareg does strike a handsome pose. The Touareg gets many premium exterior features as standard such as 18-inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon HID headlights with daytime running, fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and an especially useful remote-powered rear liftgate. There is also a new option this year, a motion-activated liftgate that makes it easy to open the rear cargo area even when your hands are full.
Potential Touareg owners get a choice of two engines, one gas and one diesel. The base model gets a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with 266 pounds-feet of torque and returns 17/23 mpg city/highway. The diesel is a 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter diesel V-6 with 406 pounds-feet of torque. It offers 20/29 MPG city/highway, very good fuel economy numbers for a car of this size. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is standard on all models.
The five-seat Touareg also features one of the nicest interiors in its segment. Everything is supremely constructed and the whole interior looks well-balanced instead of chunky, as is the case in many SUVs. There are many standard features, including heated faux-leather seats, automatic climate control, premium touch-screen stereo system, 60/40 split rear seats, multifunction steering wheel, and Bluetooth/iPod connectivity. Higher trims only add to the options list, including a premium Dynaudio stereo, leather seats, satellite navigation, walnut trim inlays, and heated rear seats.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, traction control, side-impact door beams, and a steel safety cage all standard. Additionally, each Touareg gets ICRS (Intelligent Crash Response System) which unlocks the doors, cuts the fuel pump, and turns on the hazards in the event of a crash. The Touareg also offers an Area View camera system, which uses four cameras located around the exterior of the vehicle to display a complete view of the SUVs surroundings on the touchscreen.