Volkswagen knew that moving into the luxury level SUV niche with the Touareg; they would be coming up against some competition from such heavyweights as BMW and Lexus. Yet the Volkswagen does not fall short of any of them with a feature filled interior trim comprising a broad range of carefully selected materials.
The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg comes in a choice of four trim levels- Sport, Lux and Executive with the Hybrid version being treated as a separate entity.
Standard equipment in the Volkswagen Touareg SUV crossover includes HID headlights, heated front and rear seats, cruise control, dual zone electronic climate control, RNS 850 navigation system, rearview camera, bi-xenon headlights, fog lights, roof rails, power operated lift gate, climate control, eight speaker touchscreen controled sound system, CD changer, radio and eighteen inch alloy wheels with 265/50R18 tires.
Stepping up to the Lux brings the following extras- keyless operation, heated mirrors, leather upholstery throughout, twelve way power memory adjustable heated front seats, walnut cabin trim, full sized sunroof and nineteen inch alloy wheels with 265/50R19 tires. The Touareg Executive model comes with such luxuries as heated steering wheel, a Dynaudio sound system, heated rear seats and twenty inch alloy wheels with 265/50R20 tires.
Safety is a major feature with all Volkswagens and the 2012 Touaregs are certainly no exception coming fitted with side airbags for the front seat as well as anti-lock brakes, side curtain airbags, electric parking brake, electronic brake-pressure distribution, stability and traction control and hill-hold assist and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Fuel consumption for the Touareg's V6 engine, according to the US EPA, averages at 19 miles per gallon in two wheels drive, with 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the open road being reported, Strangely enough, the Hybrid version does not produce outstanding fuel saving results with 22 miles per gallon on average, with 21 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the open road being reported in most reviews.
The Volkswagen Touareg is competing in a tight field with competition from such high fliers as the BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, both also offering a diesel engine version, while their Hybrid version comes up against the Lexus RX450h.
With the 2012 Touareg Crossover SUV, Volkswagen have succeeded in taking up the gauntlet thrown down by the significant players in the luxury market such as BMW, Lexus and Mercedes Benz, with no little thanks due to Audi and Porsche who played a major part in its development. With its considerable success, the Volkswagen Touareg Crossover SUV has caught the attention of the motoring public and with it most positive and few negative feedbacks.