2006 Volkswagen Touareg

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2006 Volkswagen Touareg

Key specs

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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

3 trims

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Notable features

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

2006 Volkswagen Touareg review: Our expert's take

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.

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.

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.

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews


Great Car. Difficult to part with

I bought this car in 2011 when it was 5 years old with about 75k miles. It’s 2020. With 216k miles, I still want to keep this car. I have used a Mercedes Benz, BMW and Honda Accord but none of them impressed me better. It still drives like new and has been with me through thick and thin. I am looking to get a Porsche Cayenne, but I’ll keep my Touareg for a while longer. If I had a museum, I’ll place it on a pedestal. To think that people were discouraging me from buying the car. How wrong they were!


It’s been

This car meets all my current needs, it’s fun and a good commute, it has room for my legs and back is comfortable. It’s a great ride. Thank you !


Never lift the parking spot

Started the truck and did not want to be responsible for it not making it back to the lot. I never moved the truck due to the bad noses coming from the motor. they did their own repairs, but won't fix the the nose you here when its running. I truck has been for sale for more then two years now

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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