The Touareg is one of the best SUVs its size for off-roading or towing, but if most of your needs involve passenger-hauling, you’d be better off with most of the alternatives in its size and price range.
The Acura MDX and Lexus RX feel roomier inside and handle well, though their appointments might not feel quite as exclusive.
The Mercedes-Benz M-Class has a more spacious, more passenger-friendly interior, while the Q7, which is related to the Touareg, has an especially beautiful interior and is tuned for road duty rather than serious off-roading, resulting in a better ride and crisper handling.
The X5 and MDX are the best choices of this group for those who want an SUV that feels frisky and agile; the result of juggling the roles of tow vehicle, off-road crawler, and luxurious family conveyance, the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg feels surprisingly heavy and cumbersome in day-to-day driving.
Finally, there’s the Touareg’s less-than-stellar reputation for reliability.
|2008 Volkswagen TouaregBrowse Used Listings||2008 Acura MDXBrowse Used Listings||2008 Audi Q7Browse Used Listings||2008 Mercedes-Benz M ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4-Door V6||4WD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 3.6L||4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L|
|All Wheel Drive||4 Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|