Monday, October 1, 2007

2008 Volkswagen Touareg Review

The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg is a 4-door SUV that comes in the following trim levels: V6, V8, and V10 TDI. The Touareg is delivered with a 6-cylinder engine that pumps out 276 hp @ 6200 rpm, a 4.2 liter V8 engine that generates 350 hp @6800 rpm, and a turbo diesel V10. The transmission for this SUV is a 6-speed automatic.

The interior of the 2008 Touareg is functional and roomy, with comfortable seats, multi-function steering wheel, intuitive instrumentation and overall excellent fit. Visibility is also superior with minimal blind spots and top notch mirrors. A feature that someday will become standard in all vehicles is an audible and visible proximity alert to be used when parking. When you get too close to an object, an alert sounds and a color cue is displayed. Other safety features on the 2008 Touareg include: a child safety seat attachment system, skid-proof brakes, airbags, and a back-up camera which engages when the vehicle is in reverse.

Among the must-have accessories the 2008 Volkswagen offers to its outdoor types are a bike holder, a kayak cradle, and various bars and racks for skis, snowboards, and luggage. As aerodynamic as the 2008 Touareg is, you may feel the need for one or more shields against the elements, such as a front end skid plate, mud flaps, or a sunroof windscreen. There is also a rear wind guard over the rear window. Volkswagen has you covered on the inside as well as the outside with driver and shotgun airbags, t-bone rear seat omentum, traction moderator and skid-proof brakes.

The 3.6 liter V6 offers fuel economy results of 16 mpg city and 20 mpg highway while the 10-cylinder 5.0 liter turbo diesel squeezes out 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. The 8-cylinder 4.2 liter engine makes 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg is a powerful, full-size SUV with classic Volkswagen precision engineering and handsome design. The Touareg handles well and manages to handle curves with minimal leaning. It operates off-road every bit as well as it drives on city streets and highway.

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