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.