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BASE INVOICE
$42,273
BASE MSRP
$44,450
On Features
The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg comes well equipped, but it's missing many of the top-tier tech and high-end luxury features of its competitive set.
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an expansive panoramic sunroof that the company says is a full 350-percent larger than the piece found in the previous model
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Try building an Audi Q7 with some of those features and watch the price shoot skyward.
Motor Trend

The new, standard 8-inch touch-screen display that tops the center stack is unique to the Touareg
MSN Autos

The voice command system lets you request music by album and artist name, or dial a phone number by contact name.
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The Touareg might be part of the Volkswagen lineup—yes, the same brand that's recently moved its Jetta sedan downmarket—but it comes equipped more like an Audi. Trim levels are as follows: Sport, Lux, and Executive on V-6 and TDI, while the Hybrid has a single-trim level that is close to the Executive. A navigation system is included on all models, along with heated front seats, a rearview camera, and power front seats.

All models but the base Sport also get leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and memory seats. Executive and Hybrid models add premium audio, rear-obstacle detection, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and starting, and heated rear seats. Exclusive to the Hybrid model is a power tilt/telescope steering wheel.

What the Touareg is missing, feature-wise, are the sophisticated high-tech conveniences of the luxury-brand models from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus that it's priced against—items like adaptive cruise control and more sophisticated infotainment features. Considering that, a fully loaded Touareg feels pricey, as well as a little pointless given the competitive set. 

Conclusion

The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg comes well equipped, but it's missing many of the top-tier tech and high-end luxury features of its competitive set.

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