The 2014 VW Touareg seats four adults comfortably, and the cabin feels more in tune with more luxurious SUVs in the segment. It looks like a the rest of the current Volkswagen lineup, yet it's appointed in a way that feels more like an Audi inside.
Ride quality is quite good whether you go with the standard suspension or the air setup in off-road versions, but the high seating position accentuates smaller motions and choppy pavement.
Functionally, the Touareg's high seating position in front affords a good view out ahead. Front seats are excellent, but the rather tall and very wide center console tends to make the front area feel more confining than it needs to be. There's space for five, and the adult-sized rear bench can slide fore and aft more than six inches in all. You won't find a third-row seat, but cargo space is quite good, with a power-folding arrangement that yields a fully flat cargo floor.
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.