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2005 Volkswagen Touareg

$1,709 — $11,473 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
16-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Superior offroad prowess
  • Strong V-8 and V-10 TDI performance
  • All-terrain maneuverability
  • Safety features
  • Towing capacity

The Bad

  • Modest V-6 performance
  • Tiny auxiliary gauges
  • 4WD controls
  • V-6 engine noise
  • Rear legroom and foot space

What to Know

about the 2005 Volkswagen Touareg
  • Three engine choices
  • Low-range gearing
  • Air or steel suspension
  • Hilly-terrain assists

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Volkswagen arrived late to the sport utility vehicle party when it launched the Touareg (pronounced "TOUR-egg") for 2004. Considered a "crossover" model, the Touareg is related to Porsche's Cayenne. Initially, Touaregs held either a V-6 or V-8.

Electronically controlled 4XMotion permanent four-wheel drive includes offroad gearing. Up to 100 percent of the engine's power can be sent to either the front or rear wheels. Offroad helpers include Hill Climbing Assist, Hill Descent Assist and a locking rear differential. An optional navigation system can display coordinates, direction and altitude.

Late in the 2004 model year, Volkswagen introduced a Touareg TDI with a turbo-diesel V-10 that produces 310 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque. For 2005, the air suspension that's optional for V-6 and V-8 models and standard with the V-10 has been slightly modified and has a lower ride height. The V-6 engine gains 20 hp.


Exterior
Constructed of galvanized steel, the unibody structure makes the Touareg more carlike in appearance than many SUVs. The hood wraps down to a horizontal-bar grille that's similar to the one on Volkswagen's luxury Phaeton sedan. Rounded body shoulders and sculpted wheel arches complement short overhangs. The doors display a distinctive groove.

Built on a 112.4-inch wheelbase, the Touareg stands 68 inches tall. Ground clearance can reach 11.8 inches with the available air suspension, and wading depth is 22.8 inches. The Toua...
Vehicle Overview
Volkswagen arrived late to the sport utility vehicle party when it launched the Touareg (pronounced "TOUR-egg") for 2004. Considered a "crossover" model, the Touareg is related to Porsche's Cayenne. Initially, Touaregs held either a V-6 or V-8.

Electronically controlled 4XMotion permanent four-wheel drive includes offroad gearing. Up to 100 percent of the engine's power can be sent to either the front or rear wheels. Offroad helpers include Hill Climbing Assist, Hill Descent Assist and a locking rear differential. An optional navigation system can display coordinates, direction and altitude.

Late in the 2004 model year, Volkswagen introduced a Touareg TDI with a turbo-diesel V-10 that produces 310 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque. For 2005, the air suspension that's optional for V-6 and V-8 models and standard with the V-10 has been slightly modified and has a lower ride height. The V-6 engine gains 20 hp.


Exterior
Constructed of galvanized steel, the unibody structure makes the Touareg more carlike in appearance than many SUVs. The hood wraps down to a horizontal-bar grille that's similar to the one on Volkswagen's luxury Phaeton sedan. Rounded body shoulders and sculpted wheel arches complement short overhangs. The doors display a distinctive groove.

Built on a 112.4-inch wheelbase, the Touareg stands 68 inches tall. Ground clearance can reach 11.8 inches with the available air suspension, and wading depth is 22.8 inches. The Touareg can drive at a 35-degree lateral offset angle and has a 45-degree side-tipping angle.


Interior
Trimmed in burl wood, chrome and bright aluminum, the luxurious five-passenger interior emulates the Phaeton's decorative touches. Dual-zone climate control is standard. Cargo volume reaches 71 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded. An OnStar Telematics communication system is optional.

Under the Hood
Two gasoline engines are available: a 240-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 and a 310-hp, 4.2-liter V-8. The turbo-diesel 5.0-liter V-10 generates 310 hp. The six-speed-automatic transmission has a manual-shift provision. Touaregs can tow up to 7,700 pounds.

Safety
Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are installed. Antilock brakes, traction control and an Electronic Stabilization Program stability system are standard.

Driving Impressions
Handling confidence and offroad prowess are Touareg hallmarks. In demanding offroad treks, this SUV struts with masterful athleticism. Its high-tech gadgetry can be confusing, but it's all purposeful.

Touaregs equipped with the V-8 and air suspension exhibit superior control, yet ride comfort is lovely. Some bumps are taken rather stiffly, but this SUV recovers rapidly � though sequential rough spots can unsettle it. Powertrain responses are enthusiastic, and shifts are easygoing. A V-6 Touareg shows marked acceleration decline and engine blare on upgrades. Performance is satisfactory on moderate surfaces.

Enormous torque output in the TDI-equipped model makes acceleration bountiful, delivering smooth and steady response. Forging its way along an uphill offroad trail, the TDI feels almost as if it were out for a leisurely Sunday drive. Better yet, it's quiet. A brief puff of black smoke might appear occasionally.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
24 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

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(5.0)

Touareg is excelent in the winter

by Phil from Brooklyn NY on September 15, 2018

Never let me down. Very much fun to drive in the snow. You set the apropriate driving mode and can clime any mountain of snow. Read full review

(5.0)

It drove like a sports car.

by DupreeAR from Denver, CO on August 27, 2018

Having the V8 cam in handy when driving in the mountains. I live in Denver and this car was a great all around vehicle. There was never a time I felt I could not get somewhere do to the weather. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Volkswagen Touareg currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Touareg received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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