With dimensions largely the same as the first-generation crossover, the second-generation Touareg does much more with its available space, giving up to five passengers premium comfort and ample space, though there's no third-row seat on the menu.
While the old Touareg could feel cramped for adults, the new one excels at toting adults in need of mature levels of comfort. The seats are firm but very well shaped, something we find in most VW cars. There's more leg room in front than before, and the back seats benefit from a bench that slides six inches along a track, so passengers and cargo can get the attention they deserve. Four adults will be fine for long trips in the Touareg, and a fifth adult can slot into the middle spot on the bench seat, provided it's not for hours on end.
The Touareg's cargo area is fairly large, too, and benefits from the rear seat's sliding action. A power-folding feature flips down the rear bench into a flat load floor at the touch of a button.
Still, it's a little surprising that the Touareg doesn't have three rows of seating. In shopping this model, you have to consider that its competition isn't the likes of the Toyota Highlander or Chevrolet Traverse but the likes of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
Those upscale prices demand an upscale cabin, and the Touareg has that. Materials have been fully revamped, and while the Touareg might be in synch with other VW models with respect to design, it's appointed with nicely finished materials that share more in common with Audi.