Best equipped car I have owned.
February 1, 2019
We exchanged a Golf Sportwagon Diesel because of the emission scandal, and after test driving a basic Touareg we chose a blue one for the colour, and then found that it was an R-Line model, with all the bells and whistles. It has proved to be a good choice as it is the most comfortable car I have owned, and I have had 10 vehicles before this. It is powerful and responsive and holds the road well. It feels safe and is a joy to drive.
Now for the downside. I have found it difficult to judge the width of the car, and have scraped the wheel trims along the curb until I placed a marker on the dash, at the bottom of the windshield to show where the curb should be. My main criticism of Volkswagen, however, is that the car came with a GPS that was already out of date and did not show developments in the city that had been built for over a year. When I told the dealership I was informed that upgrades to the GPS were only available after TWO years, and would cost me $200 to install. I have bought a TomTom for that amount, which comes with FREE upgrades every 6 months, for life!. To offer that kind of a service on a $70,000 vehicle is a disgrace.
The upsides are the adaptive cruise control is very impressive, and a valuable safety feature. It failed once and it took the Service Department two days to re-align the radar detectors, but it has worked perfectly ever since. The climate control is excellent, with heated mirrors that clear themselves of rain and snow, and fold in when the car is locked, useful as the car is quite wide. Heated front and rear seats are a bonus, as well as the fully electric front seat adjustment. It is capable of towing up to 7,700 pounds, and tows our Tent Trailer with ease. It is thirsty, but with a 100 litre tank I can still get 800 Km from a full tank.
Overall, if you want a luxury car that does not look ostentatious or stands out in a crowd then I would recommend this vehicle for consideration.