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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Tall, wide stance gives the impression that it's ready to take on the toughest trails
Kelley Blue Book
Gauges, dashboard, and console look contemporary and upscale
From the outside, the only real evidence that this is a diesel is the TDI badge
The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg is handsomely styled, most reviewers agree, with a more rugged stance than the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne with which it’s related.
According to reviewers at Edmunds, the 2009 Volkswagen Touareg "is a midsize five-passenger SUV available in two trim levels that correspond to engine options: VR6 and V8." The exterior is stylish, and despite the fact that the Touareg Volkswagen is a departure from VW's traditional small car offerings, it still maintains the corporate image. Kelley Blue Book states that the Volkswagen Touareg "looks every bit a member of the VW family, with restyled headlamps and a large chrome grille that echoes the look of the Volkswagen Passat." As for exterior styling elements, Cars.com notes that the 2009 Volkswagen Touareg sports "scalloped headlights with pronounced bezels," while the rear "has darker taillights and a new roof spoiler." Unlike some just-for-show SUVs, the Touareg Volkswagen is very capable off-road, which Kelley Blue Book recognizes in the styling, by commenting that the Touareg's "tall, wide stance gives the impression that it's ready to take on the toughest trails." New for 2009 is a Volkswagen Touareg with a V-6 turbodiesel, although Motor Trend points out that, "from the outside, the only real evidence that this is a diesel is the TDI badge."
The interior of the 2009 Volkswagen Touareg earns praise in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com for its high-end styling, although some reviewers complain about the abundance of controls. For 2009, Volkswagen upgrades the Touareg's navigation system, and Automobile Magazine says "a much nicer display and more intuitive functionality make interacting with the navigation system a breeze" now. Edmunds, meanwhile, raves about the Volkswagen Touareg's "upscale, elegant cabin," while ConsumerGuide notes that "the gauges, dashboard, and console look contemporary and upscale." However, they find "the proliferation of buttons and controls requires a preflight briefing."
The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg returns with the same sleek profile and appealing interior.