(4.0) 19 reviews
MSRP: $14,454$27,050
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 19-23
Engine: 225-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (diesel)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5
2012 Volkswagen Touareg

Our Take on the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg

Our Take

Positioned atop the VW lineup, the five-seat Touareg competes with luxury crossovers such as the Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Lincoln MKX. It comes with a choice of three V-6 engines: a traditional gas V-6, a turbocharged diesel V-6 and a V-6 gas-electric hybrid drivetrain. (Skip to det... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Price
  • Hybrid fuel efficiency

Notable Features

  • Larger but lighter than prior generation
  • Available gasoline, diesel or gas-electric hybrid V-6s
  • Standard AWD
  • 7,700-pound towing capacity

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.