2015 Volkswagen Touareg

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of the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg. Base trim shown.

2015 Volkswagen Touareg Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Touareg (properly pronounced "TWAH-regg" and named after a large nomadic Saharan desert tribe) was last redesigned for the 2011 model year. For 2015, Volkswagen freshened its expensive five-seat SUV with some mild appearance updates; you're not likely to notice them in passing, but the minor changes add up to a more attractive package.

Exterior Highlights

Additional chrome on the grille and more angular headlights are joined by a new lower bumper that better incorporates redesigned fog lights. The pixelated LED running lights are gone, replaced by a light pipe for a smoother effect. Out back, the taillights are different, with LEDs now standard equipment. Other than that, aside from some new wheels and a couple new colors, the Touareg is visually unchanged. The subtle changes make for a slightly more cohesive, classier look, with a front end that actually resembles the Touareg's distant cousin, the Porsche Cayenne.

Interior Highlights

VW made a few upgrades to the interior, though like the exterior, they're subtle. There are some new "engineered wood" veneers, and new buttons and dials for the climate control system that feel more upscale, but if you're looking for VW's latest and greatest multimedia system, you won't find it; it will be coming as a running change sometime in mid-2015. Not that there's really anything wrong with the current system: Its big screen, large controls, high contrast and quick operation make it ...

Vehicle Overview

The Touareg (properly pronounced "TWAH-regg" and named after a large nomadic Saharan desert tribe) was last redesigned for the 2011 model year. For 2015, Volkswagen freshened its expensive five-seat SUV with some mild appearance updates; you're not likely to notice them in passing, but the minor changes add up to a more attractive package.

Exterior Highlights

Additional chrome on the grille and more angular headlights are joined by a new lower bumper that better incorporates redesigned fog lights. The pixelated LED running lights are gone, replaced by a light pipe for a smoother effect. Out back, the taillights are different, with LEDs now standard equipment. Other than that, aside from some new wheels and a couple new colors, the Touareg is visually unchanged. The subtle changes make for a slightly more cohesive, classier look, with a front end that actually resembles the Touareg's distant cousin, the Porsche Cayenne.

Interior Highlights

VW made a few upgrades to the interior, though like the exterior, they're subtle. There are some new "engineered wood" veneers, and new buttons and dials for the climate control system that feel more upscale, but if you're looking for VW's latest and greatest multimedia system, you won't find it; it will be coming as a running change sometime in mid-2015. Not that there's really anything wrong with the current system: Its big screen, large controls, high contrast and quick operation make it simple and pleasant to use. The rest of the interior is unchanged, and that's just fine. The Touareg's cabin is spacious, comfortable and easily as nice as an Acura MDX or BMW X5.

Under the Hood

All powertrains remain the same for 2015. Again standard is the 3.6-liter gas V-6 engine that pumps out 280 horsepower and 266 pounds-feet of torque. The optional turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 produces 240 hp but a massive 406 pounds-feet of torque.

Rounding out the powertrain options is the hybrid model, which employs a combination of a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and one 24-volt motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission to augment the gasoline engine. The combo is good for 380 hp and 428 pounds-feet of torque.

Safety Features

VW has added a new available adaptive cruise control system with autonomous braking. This combines with some new systems for lane departure warning and blind spot detection to bring the Touareg up to almost-competitive status with some of the more advanced offerings in the segment. The Touareg also now has an automatic post-collision braking system, which prevents you from careening off into a possible secondary collision by applying maximum braking force if the airbags have deployed.


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Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Capable, Comfortable, Contrarian

by Seat7A from Denver, CO on April 25, 2018

The Touareg is a mid-sized SUV for contrarians who want a vehicle with high towing and off road capability that's also luxurious and don't care about or don't want to be seen driving a luxury badge. ... Read full review

(5.0)

replaced a touareg we have owned for 8 years

by Robert from Austin, Tx on December 31, 2017

nice running and great gas mileage for a heavy mid-sized suv that runs on diesel. dealer had taken care of the recall. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volkswagen

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services and trip-planning services

  • Limited Warranty

    Model Specific Limited Warranty Coverage*

    *See owner’s literature or dealer for your vehicle’s warranty coverage, exclusions, and limitations.
  • Eligibility

    2012 - 2017 Model Years / Less Than 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 100+ point inspection and reconditioning.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker