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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
“more safety gear loaded within”
“enhanced electronic stability system with brake assist”
“One trick feature of the new Touareg 2 is its ‘ABSplus’”
“The best part of the Touareg has always been its impregnability”
Five stars across the board for frontal and side impact
The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg’s stout platform is enhanced with new high-tech active safety features, making it less likely to need its passive ones.
In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) front and side impact crash testing, the 2008 Touareg earned five stars all the way around. It earned four stars in the rollover resistance category, perhaps explaining Volkswagen’s decision to include the aforementioned Active Rollover Protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet tested the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg.
The most prolific safety news for the Touareg’s 2008 model year is in the realm of braking. In addition to the Hydraulic Braking Assistant, which, as MyRide.com explains, “charges the braking system fully if the throttle is suddenly disengaged,” there is the new ABSPlus, which is designed specifically to shorten off-road stopping distances. On loosely packed surfaces such as dirt and snow, ABSPlus helps to reduce stopping distances by up to 20 percent “by intentionally locking up to push debris in front of the wheels,” reports Cars.com.
Popular Mechanics brings word of a new rollover protection system, Active Rollover Protection, that “activates the side and side-curtain airbags to reduce the possibility of injury” if sensors detect that the Touareg is about to go belly up. They also mention a new tire pressure monitoring system that “delivers real-time air-pressure readings to the driver more quickly and accurately.”
Other new safety features for the 2008 Touareg include Understeer Control Logic, which, as MyRide.com explains, “improves the vehicle’s dynamics if it understeers in a corner.” They also mention the ESP dry braking function, which “engages the brake linings with the disc at repeated intervals” during wet weather to keep the pads and disc surfaces dry and ready for effective braking at a moment’s notice.
The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg has excellent crash-test scores and abundant safety features.