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STYLING | 8 out of 10
it's still unadventurous
The exterior is close to the first-generation model, featuring clean lines and tight dimensions.
The suspension is adjustable and quite agreeable, cushioning pockmarked roads, unpaved stretches and highways with ease.
Edmunds' Inside Line
The look is both handsome and just a touch aggressive
interior isn't difficult to use and is quite attractive, especially with the optional wood trim complementing the silver trim
Last year, the Touareg received a redesign that toned down the trek-worthy look a bit, adding some softer details, as well as a grille and front end that more closely matched that of VW's cars. Overall, the Touareg's exterior isn't jaw-dropping, but it's sophisticated, and a cabin that dazzles anyone who's driven the most luxurious domestic-badged SUVs.
On the outside, a slightly wider body, and somewhat longer wheelbase and length gave the design more of a conventional crossover-wagon look (and functionally, more space). It's now more subtly sculptural, with some delicate details drawn into a conservative overall shape. What works best are the proportions: the headlights, the side glass, and the sheetmetal are balanced now, thanks to a longer wheelbase and slightly wider dimensions that also net it more usable interior space.
Inside, the layout remains comparable to other rugged-luxury crossover designs, and the somewhat high seating position, upright orientation to the instrument panel, and high, wide center console all feel stylistically synergistic. Trims and materials have been upgraded, and matte-metallic bezels help punctuate.
The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg sticks to the crossover design formula on the outside, with a refined luxury look inside. .