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Shopping for a new Volkswagen Touareg? MSRP: $43,945 - $62,575
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an expansive panoramic sunroof that the company says is a full 350-percent larger than the piece found in the previous model
Try building an Audi Q7 with some of those features and watch the price shoot skyward.
The new, standard 8-inch touch-screen display that tops the center stack is unique to the Touareg
The voice command system lets you request music by album and artist name, or dial a phone number by contact name.
The Touareg doesn't have at all the same high-value proposition as models like the Jetta and Passat, but if you can overlook its mainstream badge you'll find an equipment list that's on par with luxury-brand vehicles. Whether or not that adds up to a luxury-brand price is your call—and in our opinion, if you can get one of the more basic VR6 or TDI models and hold back on the options, you'll be getting a reasonably good value.
VW still offers VR6 and TDI models in Sport, Lux, and Executive models, while the Hybrid is only offered in a trim that's equivalent to the Executive level. Leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and memory seats are all included in the base Sport model. Executive and Hybrid models add premium audio, rear-obstacle detection, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and starting, and heated rear seats. Exclusive to the Hybrid model is a power tilt/telescope steering wheel.
For 2013, Hybrid models get new LED taillamps; Sport trim models get a new 18-inch wheel design, and Executive and Hybrid models now come with 'Vavona' wood trim.
If you're already splurging and willing to spend some extra, options at the top of the lineup include a 620-watt Dynaudio premium audio system, as well as a navigation system with upgraded display and built-in music storage.
The Volkswagen Touareg doesn't offer as much advanced tech as is becoming customary in this class, but it has the luxury part covered.