2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2

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Available Price Range $6,606-$17,038 Trims3 Combined MPG 14-17 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2

Our Take

Volkswagen restyled the five-seat Touareg for 2008, dubbing the new edition Touareg 2. Don't be fooled — this is hardly the portly SUV's second coming. It's more of a touch-up ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Pricier than most competitors
  • Gas mileage
  • Tiny auxiliary controls
  • 4WD controls
  • No third-row seat

Notable Features

  • Slightly restyled for 2008
  • V-6, V-8 or diesel V-10
  • Standard AWD
  • Low-range gearing
  • Hilly-terrain assists


Our Expert Reviews

Although it's hard to tell what's different, the Volkswagen Touareg has been slightly redesigned for 2008. The specifications, including length, engine sizes and horsepower, curb weights, and fuel-tank and cargo capacity, remain nearly as for last year's model. And the Touareg 2, as it is now called, still looks like a Touareg. The biggest changes seem to be the prices. While the... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

Based on 17 reviews


by surfingpowderhog from Australia on January 3, 2008

I have bought the new Touareg 2 V6 TDI which is fantastic vehicle. I test drove all the other competiters in the field ML320,X5,Grand Cherokee,Range Rover Sport,Lexsus and the XC90. All had their good... Read Full Review

3 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.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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