2016 Volkswagen Touareg

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Driving ease
  • Comfortable outboard backseat
  • Cabin materials

The Bad

  • High starting price
  • Uncomfortable and difficult center rear seat belt
  • Backup camera not standard

Notable Features of the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg

  • Hybrid version no longer offered
  • Choice of gas V-6 or turbo-diesel V-6 engine
  • Motion-activated liftgate available
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 7,716-pound towing capacity

2016 Volkswagen Touareg Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Positioned atop the Volkswagen lineup, the five-seat Touareg SUV competes with luxury crossovers like the Lexus RX and Lincoln MKX. It comes with a choice of two powertrains: a traditional gas V-6 engine or a turbo-diesel V-6.
New for 2016
The hybrid model is no longer offered.
Significant Standard Features

  • 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter gas V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Sliding and reclining backseat
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 240-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • Ventilated front seats with adjustable side bolsters
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Power moonroof
Vehicle Overview

Positioned atop the Volkswagen lineup, the five-seat Touareg SUV competes with luxury crossovers like the Lexus RX and Lincoln MKX. It comes with a choice of two powertrains: a traditional gas V-6 engine or a turbo-diesel V-6.
New for 2016
The hybrid model is no longer offered.
Significant Standard Features

  • 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter gas V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Sliding and reclining backseat
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 240-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • Ventilated front seats with adjustable side bolsters
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Power moonroof

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

A Solid Vehicle with Tons of Torque

by VDubLover from Charlotte, NC on July 28, 2018

I bought this to tow my boat and was pleased with so many of the safety and comfort features of this solidly built piece of German engineering. So sad they won't make it anymore, but glad I got one ... Read full review

(5.0)

Fuel efficient vehicle

by Jacktone from Amarillo on January 19, 2018

I bought it at a discounted price. I good deal for my money. I wish it came with USB port for charging my phone. It didn’t have a remote start either. But the luxury features was a big improvement ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Volkswagen Touareg currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 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

100+ point dealer inspection, 2 years of 24/7 roadside assistance, CARFAX Vehicle history report, and three-month SiriusXM All-Access trial subscription

  • Limited Warranty

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

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

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

    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.

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