Feb 28, 2014
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $51,945: 3.0-L 240-hp TDI Clean Diesel engine, 4MOTION all-wheel drive

German luxury without the pretentiousness. Elegant, understated styling, inside and out. Smooth, quiet, torquey diesel moves this SUV’s substantial curb weight with an almost “sporty” potency, but easily keeps mpg  above 20. Roomy, well-thought-out interior.


$52k seems steep, but this is pretty much the starting point if you put the words “German,” “luxury,” and “SUV” in the same sentence. Fuel economy is good but not amazing.


The Touareg TDI offers a tremendous value for its price point. You get excellent handling, reasonable utility, and all the upscale features you’d hope for, but without any showy pretentiousness. It’s the German luxury SUV I’d buy.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.5 rating
Overall Experience
5.0 rating
Horsepower 240 hp
Torque 406 ft-lbs
EPA Mileage 20/29