Has exceeded my expectations from day 1.
November 21, 2018
Porsche sold the Cayenne in the $70ks, , Audi sold the Q7 in the $60ks, and VW sold the Touareg in the $50ks. They are the same car in different trim, and it shows. My Touareg is an amazing vehicle. At 75,000 miles it is squeak- and rattle-free, dead reliable, pulls stumps (in TDI trim my Touareg is rated to tow 7700 lbs) and delivers 29 mpg, and still looks brand new.
When the VW dieselgate scandal came out it was unclear whether the lawsuit would require VW to buy back all Touaregs. So I looked around to see what I might buy to replace it, for the same or more money. I came up empty. Nothing at or near the price point can touch it.
My favorite things about the Touareg; it rides quiet as a vault, with no rattles or squeaks; it has great pickup thanks to the huge diesel torque; the seats are supportive without being too firm, with great adjustability; the door seals are big and keep out all wind noise; rear seat passengers have plenty of room; the panoramic sunroof; the towing capacity; the subdued styling, inside and out, which will never get "dated."
Least favorite things about the vehicle: that VW's cheating brought on dieselgate, resulting in plummeting resale values. For those interested in buying one used, though, it's a great opportunity.