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2006 Volkswagen Touareg

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Sport Utility
5 Seats
16-19 MPG
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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

  • Fuel economy
  • Tiny auxiliary gauges
  • 4WD controls
  • Rear legroom and foot space

What to Know

about the 2006 Volkswagen Touareg
  • V-6, V-8 or diesel V-10
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Low-range gearing
  • Air or steel suspension
  • Hilly-terrain assists

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Vehicle Overview
Volkswagen arrived late to the sport utility vehicle party when it launched the Touareg (pronounced "TOUR-egg") for 2004. The SUV is related to Porsche's Cayenne.

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 Climb Assist, Hill Descent Assist and a locking center differential. A navigation system is optional.

A direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 will be the standard engine for 2006 Touaregs once the 3.2-liter V-6 is phased out toward the end of calendar year 2005. The new V-6 develops 280 horsepower, which is 40 hp more than the outgoing V-6 generates. A rearview camera is now included with the navigation system. Touaregs can now be equipped with an optional rear spare-tire carrier.


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.

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. Alloy wheels are available in 17- , ...
Vehicle Overview
Volkswagen arrived late to the sport utility vehicle party when it launched the Touareg (pronounced "TOUR-egg") for 2004. The SUV is related to Porsche's Cayenne.

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 Climb Assist, Hill Descent Assist and a locking center differential. A navigation system is optional.

A direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 will be the standard engine for 2006 Touaregs once the 3.2-liter V-6 is phased out toward the end of calendar year 2005. The new V-6 develops 280 horsepower, which is 40 hp more than the outgoing V-6 generates. A rearview camera is now included with the navigation system. Touaregs can now be equipped with an optional rear spare-tire carrier.


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.

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. Alloy wheels are available in 17- , 18- and 19-inch diameters.


Interior
Trimmed in burl wood, chrome and aluminum, the luxurious five-passenger interior emulates the Phaeton's decorative touches. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard. Cargo volume measures 71 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded.

Under the Hood
During the 2006 model year, the Touareg's 240-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 will be replaced with a 3.6-liter V-6 that develops 280 hp and 265 pounds-feet of torque. A 310-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 is available, and the turbo-diesel 5.0-liter V-10, which generates 310 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque, is again offered. All engines team with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Touaregs can tow up to 7,716 pounds when properly equipped.

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

Driving Impressions
Handling confidence and offroad prowess are the Touareg's 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.

Enormous torque output in the diesel-powered Touareg makes acceleration bountiful. As the TDI quietly forged its way along an uphill offroad trail, it felt almost as if it were out for a leisurely Sunday drive.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(5.0)

Very reliable used car I owned

by Sportsfan from Crestwood IL 60418 on December 7, 2018

Truck very comfortable. Drives well haven’t had any problems out of it. I have a family who loves my new truck and we ride very comfortable and secure!!! Read full review

(5.0)

My V10 TT Diesel Dub

by TDI for life from BOSTON on December 2, 2018

Expensive to purchase, expensive to maintain, but that's what you get when you buy a luxury vehicle... performs like a champ on and off road. 14.56s 1/4mi at Waterfest Englishtown NJ. Can crawl over ... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2006 Volkswagen Touareg currently has 1 recall


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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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