2016 Volkswagen Touareg

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2016 Volkswagen Touareg
2016 Volkswagen Touareg

Key specs

Base trim shown


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

7 trims

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Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Tourage best used SUV in the UNITED STATES PERIOD!

Bought my 2016 Touareg Executive in 2018 with 62,000 miles on it for $19,500. Currently today sitting with 135k. 73,000 miles with almost zero hiccups. Had the windshield replaced last year by Safelite Auto glass and they screwed up the calibration on the windshield camera. But that was all covered by them. It would have been $3500 for a camera and OEM windshield, and the calibration. The other thing that is really disappointing is the LED strip on the head lights went bad on both sides and the head lights are about $650 each. It’s $1200 a head light installed. But besides that we have had zero issues. The ride is great, the interior and exterior design is timeless this SUV will look great in 20 years. The build quality is top notch. Everything you expect from a Germany luxury vehicle. I feel safe in the 6000lb car. It tows my 21 foot boat that weighs 5500lb with little trouble. The best vehicle I have ever owned. Tahoe, Yukon have nothing on this SUV. The V6 gas engine with the 8 speed automatic is a bulletproof combo. That’s why they use this transmission in Porsche, Bentley, and Audi. I choose this over the Q7. Which is the same exact platform. People are always shocked by how nice the tourage is. Very sad they stopped selling it here in the states. Now VW is selling us a subpar Atlas, in my opinion isn’t even in the same league as the tourage.


King of the road!

This is my second one. Vw bought back my 09 TDI for a crazy high price. Bought this in dec 17 when the fix was approved. Sharp handling and gobs of tourqey power make it a blast to drive. Sumptuous interior makes me miss my last car, Mercedes e320cdi, very little. Original Pirelli tires were awful! On michelin defender ltx now, much better.


The TDI engine is great

Bought the car new and now have 37,000 miles. So far I put on new front brake pads at 36,000 miles and rears still have 40% left. I do not tow anything with the car. Put on new tires at 32000 miles. Car is going to need a new battery soon. Car handles great in stop and go traffic. I get 23 in the city/hwy and on road trips I will get 28MPG @80 MPH on flat areas, and 26.5 on mountain interstates. Car is comfortable for 4 adults with great cargo space. TDI engine is great and ith will use 1/2 a quart of oil between oil changes. These engines are good for 200,000-300,000 miles. The only Diesel engine that is better is the Mercedes Benz. SUV handles great in the snow with Blizzacks on the car. Plenty of traction and handles very well in winter driving areas. This is my second TDI, first one was bought out by VW during buy backs.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
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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