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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts
Hampering visibility to the front corners are large outside mirrors
Passive safety features include front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags
Built like a fortress and appointed with all the expected safety features, the 2010 Volkswagen Touareg promises tremendous security and protection. Sure enough, it's done very well in federal crash tests, with top five-star ratings in both frontal and side-impact tests.
Front side airbags, full-length side curtain bags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control are all standard, along with some other lesser-known extras. Edmunds reports that all Volkswagen Touaregs come with "antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, hill descent and incline roll-back control." Cars.com adds that "an automatic brake-drying feature for rainy weather" is standard, while the Volkswagen Touareg also offers an "optional backup camera." Popular Mechanics also notes a new rollover protection system, Active Rollover Protection, that "activates the side and side-curtain airbags to reduce the possibility of injury" if sensors anticipate a rollover.
Maneuverability is a disappointment; despite the manageable length and width (at the small end of a mid-size car), the Touareg is somewhat difficult to park, and visibility is impaired—you'll need to rely on the now-standard rear sensors. Although ConsumerGuide reports that "hampering visibility to the front corners are large outside mirrors and to the rear are back-seat headrests," they add that "the rearview camera is a help."
The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg is stout and secure, among the safest vehicles of its kind.