If you want to get an impressive midsize SUV with a refined nature, strong engines, and a stout towing capacity, the Volkswagen Touareg for 2018 is probably the best you can get in its segment, however, its non-luxury badge and/or high price may turn out to be a tough pill to swallow for people running on tight budgets. Its release date should be expected mid next year.
Some of its strengths for 2018 include a respectable off-road capability, confident handling, a high-towing capacity, powerful and fuel-efficient engines, and a confident handling. For 2018, VW no longer has the Touareg Hybrid trim on its lineup.
The vehicle has been in the market for over ten years now but many people still misspell its name. The most common question that many people probably ask whenever they’re viewing the vehicle at VW dealerships has much to do with its name spelling. Did I spell it correctly? Why do you call it that way? Well, that’s how creative the guys at Volkswagen were and we have no option than to respect that despite the obvious inconveniences.
Moving on, the Touareg offers an exciting driving experience, interior ambience, and tons of standard features just to begin with. However, the vehicle comes with a hefty price tag that might just give its rivals the boost they require to make additional sales.
For 2018, nothing much has changed in terms of the exterior fascias and much of the interior appointments relative to the previous model. Nonetheless, it is better placed than other midsize crossovers like the Nissan Murano, and Ford Edge especially in terms of the capability, towing capacity, and refinement. The Touareg offers a solid towing capacity of 7,700 pounds.
Of course, one major downside to owning it is its price tag that is quite unforgiving despite its nameplate being from a very humble brand similar to the Jettas, Beetles, and Golfs. Buyers will nevertheless find value for their money as the vehicle offers a more sophisticated driving experience, a luxurious cabin, and an alternative powertrain as the top-rated midsize luxury SUVs like the Lexus RX, Porsche Cayenne, and the BMW X5 which are offered at way higher prices.
Available Trims – Volkswagen Touareg
The five-passenger Volkswagen Touareg for 2018 is available in just three well-equipped trim levels: Sport, Lux, and the fully-loaded Executive trim. The names “TDI” and “VR6” connote the engine.
Interior Technology & Exterior Review – 2018 Volkswagen Touareg
The base V6 Sport offers automatic wipers, a heated eight-way power front seats, foglights, adaptive and adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, 18” wheels, an auto-diming rearview mirror, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, automatic climate control (dual-zone), “V-Tex” leatherette upholstery, LED running lights, a 6.5” touchscreen interface, a media player interface, an eight-speaker sound system, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, a power liftgate, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The optional Technology Driver Assistance package standard for the TDI but optional for the VR6 adds keyless entry and ignition, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, an 8” touchscreen interface, a hands-free power liftgate, a frontal collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, a trailer hitch, a blind spot warning system, and blind-spot warning system.
The V6 Lux trim includes the above package plus leather upholstery, a power folding rear seat, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, 19” wheels, and driver side-auto-dimming mirrors.
Finally, eating everything below it in the trim jungle is the Executive trim that adds a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system, manual rear sunshades, 20” wheels, heated rear seats, an overhead-view parking camera, and a power adjustable steering wheel.
2018 Volkswagen Touareg Engine Specs
A 3.6L V6 engine rated at 280 hp and 266 lbs. of torque comes under the hood of the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 models. The power is transferred to the four wheels via the standard eight-speed automatic transmission system. Its fuel economy ratings as per EPA stats stand at 17/23/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
The TDI model comes fitted with a 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 engine good for 240 hp and a solid 406 pounds of torque. It offers the same transmission system as the VR6 models mentioned above.
The 2018 Volkswagen Touareg can achieve a maximum towing capacity of 7,716 pounds regardless of the powertrain.
Price & 2018 Volkswagen Touareg Release Date
The 2018 Volkswagen Touareg SUV will cost you an MSRP starting from $42,795, and $50,245 for the TDI Executive. Its date of release has been rumored to be around mid-next year.