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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
Options include keyless entry and starting, navigation system, rearview camera
Lacks the family-friendly features of its competition
Optional 10-speaker 640-watt audio system
The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg starts at just under $40,000 and comes equipped with a wide range of features, but moving up toward the fully optioned, $55,000-plus Volkswagen Touareg starts to diminish the vehicle's overall value.
For your $40,000 entry fee, the 2009 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 comes "standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, a sunroof, rear parking assist, [and] a tilt/telescoping steering wheel," according to Edmunds. Kelley Blue Book reports that "dual-zone automatic climate controls, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights, [and] heated seats" are also among the standard features. Moving up to the Volkswagen Touareg V-8, ConsumerGuide finds that the standard features list grows to include a "heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, 12-way power passenger seat, memory system (driver seat, mirrors), wood interior trim, automatic day/night outside mirrors, [and] rear side sunshades."
The Touareg Volkswagen's options list holds something for just about everyone, according to reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. A new Lux Plus package for the Volkswagen Touareg adds such features as "keyless access and starting, upgraded sound system," and, for the V-6 versions, all of the V-8's upgraded standard features, according to ConsumerGuide. Another package that the reviewers at Edmunds find desirable is the 2009 Volkswagen Touareg "Technology Package, [which] adds a rearview camera, a hard-drive-based navigation system and an upgraded 11-speaker audio system. A locking rear differential is also available." Unfortunately, Bluetooth functionality is not yet available on the Touareg Volkswagen.
The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg offers a strong list of base standard features, but the options list gets pricey in a hurry.