2007 Volkswagen Touareg

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$38,110

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Superior offroad prowess
  • Interior quality
  • Safety features
  • Towing capacity

The bad:

  • Gas mileage
  • Tiny auxiliary gauges
  • 4WD controls
  • Rear legroom and foot space

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • More-powerful engines for 2007
  • Available diesel V-10
  • Low-range gearing
  • Optional air suspension
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Hilly-terrain assists

2007 Volkswagen Touareg review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

It was three years ago this month that I drove the then-new Touareg, Volkswagen’s late-to-the-party SUV. Going in, there were questions: Did Volkswagen need to be in this market? Was there anything it could add to the crowded market segment? And what does “Touareg” mean?

The answers came quickly, punctuated by time behind the wheel. Yes, Volkswagen did need to be in this market, because loyal VW customers who wanted an SUV were leaving the brand.

And yes, VW executives did their homework, beginning with a field trip in 1998 to the brutal Ocala National Forest. “We gathered up just about every SUV we could find, and brought in dozens of VW people, many of them from Germany,” recalls Kenneth Moriarty, VW corporate Strategy director. “Then we thrashed the SUVs on those trails through the forest.” They were looking for a niche to fill, and they found one. Average in the Touareg’s performance on the road, and its unexpected ability off-road, and you had what may be the best all-around SUV for the money.

It helped that Touareg’s basic platform also was used for the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7, which are considerably more expensive than the Touareg, so VW reaped some nice technology that otherwise would not have been cost-effective to develop.

After a week in a 2007 Touareg, not much has changed, and that’s good. Thanks to mostly minor refinements, this may still be the best all-around SUV, three years after its introduction.

The test vehicle was a V-6 model, which I prefer to VW’s pricier V-8. Even with the V-6, though, this isn’t a cheap SUV: Base price was $37,990, and as-tested price was $43,990. Options included a $2,980 package with leather upholstery, power seats, memory mirrors and a parking distance alarm. Upgraded air conditioning and heated rear seats added $1,500, and xenon headlights were $850.

It’s the Touareg’s standard equipment list that’s impressive, though, and the reason for its substantial starting price. You get full-time four-wheel-drive, electronic stability control, an electronic differential lock, anti-lock brakes with brakeforce distribution, side and side-curtain air bags, real wood trim, a power glass sunroof, nice 17-inch alloy wheels and plenty of other stuff. The leather upholstery is nice, but the base-model Touareg without options is the best buy. And at that, it’s still about $2,000 more than it was in 2003.

Price aside, the Touareg is just the right size: big enough to be roomy and stable on the highway, small enough to be maneuverable on twisty trails. Though the center of gravity is high enough to clear most obstacles off the road, you never get that tipsy feeling on the road when you are making tight turns. VW’s 276-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 seems stronger than it is, likely because of its excellent six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-rated fuel mileage, 16 miles per gallon city and 20 mpg highway, is nothing to brag about but not bad for a vehicle this size.

The 2007 Touareg remains a superb SUV from an unlikely source.

And as for that name: VW says the vehicle is named after “a traditional African desert tribe that has made a name for itself trading precious goods. The proud Touareg, with their camel caravans and their mysterious veils, embody the idea of limitless freedom under mercilessly tough conditions of the desert.”

Whatever. Odd name, nice sport ute.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 3.9
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Owned For Many Years

Hands down the best car I’ve driven/owned. I love my V8 Touareg. I do all maintenance repair myself and saved thousands doing so. This 4.2L engine is a beast! 156,000 miles and it’s still running strong. Smooth ride. Very spacious. Surprisingly fast for a heavy SUV. Being because it’s so heavy, the Touareg eats up tires pretty fast. The interior buttons and switches get sticky and start to peel over the years but that’s a VW thing. Fun car to own. It’s been really good to me.

5.0

Most reliable car I ever owned

This car has been driven for years with virtually no problems. Best car I ever owned. Would have bought another Toureg if they had come out with the same model.

4.1

Pour nous amuse

Je viens de l'achet� mais ces tres confortable et luxueux et ces une voiture qui roule tr�s bien et qui tien bien la route et qui �t tres spacieuse.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-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
Yes
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