The brakes are not perfect, however. The transmission has two automatic shift modes, plus manual mode if you prefer to time your own. However, the Touareg remained a capable off-roader with a comfortable and quiet cabin, as well as excellent fit and finish. Wiper and washer coverage is excellent at each end, there's plenty of glass area to avoid claustrophobia or blind spots, xenon headlamps follow the road supplanted Driving Impressions Each Volkswagen Touareg model has its own set of distinct driving characteristics defined by engine, suspension and tires, and each feels of-a-piece solidly built and engineered to a point where it feels all the moving parts are light and balanced, with that rigid platform and luxury features responsible for the weight. Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features: The Touareg 2 received 5 stars in government crash tests.
Its 10 cylinder, single overhead camshaft turbocharged engine has 2 valves per cylinder and a displacement of 4. Even the lower door panels are done in soft-touch material. Power gives the Touareg 2 stars for dependability. If you feel you have received this message in error, please view our customer care or access your here. The majority of reviews say that the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg2 offers performance that is on par with the rest of its class.
The dominant tachometer and speedometer, and smaller numbered ancillary gauges that include both coolant and oil temperature a better indicator of how hard the engine is working all have flat faces with anti-reflective coating. All that weight takes a toll on the handling as well. A low-range gear, adaptive torque distribution and locking center differential help take the Touareg 2 over the most intimidating terrain. It offers a nice ride and handles well, as we discovered on some winding mountain roads in Utah. This material may not be published, rewritten, or redistributed.
The trick is that it actually allows some wheel lock-up at slow speeds. The larger chrome grille serves as a bold centerpiece in the redesigned front fascia, flanked by sleek new headlights. The optional four-corner air-suspension helps smooth out the taut ride and adds more than three inches of ground clearance when adjusted to the highest level. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. But the Touareg 2 is better—about 14 percent better. While the Touareg 2, Porsche Cayenne, and Audi Q7 share some development background, differences are so significant they can hardly be labeled competitors.
Clearly, value isn't the Touareg's strong suit. But as you move up the model spectrum or add many options, its competitors make more sense. The ride is compliant yet provides plenty of road feel, and the fairly responsive steering feels artificial at low speed. Hard-core off-roaders will also appreciate the Touareg 2's optional locking rear differential, ability to ford 22-inch deep water and anti-lock braking system tuned to shorten braking distances on loose surfaces. It offers highly competent on-road driving dynamics, but when the pavement ends the Touareg 2 also proves to be an extremely capable off-roader. That, plus the firm yet comfortable resculpted seats and restyled layout, makes the interior more luxurious than before.
We've attended some of those adventures and came away impressed with its capability. Heated seats, a sunroof, keyless entry, cruise control, and dual-zone climate control are also included. In all, there are more than 2,200 new components — everything from a new look and chic new interior to a host of safety upgrades. New for 2008 are tweaked front and rear styling, as well as new standard safety features. I really do recommend him. The Touareg2 also has hill ascent and descent control. The second-generation Touareg 2 debuts for 2008, and with it, a number of improvements.
New wheel designs have been applied as well, and four new colors are available. It also doubles as a trip computer and relays warnings messages. Layer this ability with a good stability control system that includes traction control, hill-start assist and hill descent control and you have an all but unstoppable package. The optional V8 engine displaces 4. The Touareg's interior is luxurious but also utility-minded. These are some of the most punishing races in the world of rallying, and a vehicle which was intended only for carting kids around wouldn't have survived. A locking rear differential is optional, and reviewers recommend it for serious off-roaders.
Dull hard plastic is very hard to find in this car. Volkswagen's diesel is the the fastest, the most fuel efficient, and the most expensive. However, the vehicle is somewhat heavy and lumbering. Luggage space, on the other hand, is quite good, thanks to a large, useful, squared-off rear cargo area. The basic warranty lasts for four years or 50,000 miles.
Electronic aids include updated antilock brakes that will form a chock in front of the tires on soft surfaces. This system replaces the steel coil spring at each corner with an air Summary The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 mixes trail-worthy ability, excellent road manners, and a feature-laden five-seat cabin into a compact package to find favor with urban warriors, outdoor adventurers, suburban sybarites and everyone else who'd like to be one. With a Touareg balanced on just two opposite corner wheels, the hood, hatch, and doors can all be opened and closed with no more than normal effort, an unusual feat. For 2008, the seats have been recontoured for better side bolstering although comfort was already very good in the previous version. A sports car it isn't, but you could make a dynamic argument for an inclement weather Grand Touring vehicle. First, the exterior of the Touareg 2 goes under the scalpel, emerging with a fresh character more cohesive with contemporary Volkswagen styling. Large wheelwells do not have fender flares, instead using gracefully curved sheetmetal to house the large wheels and tires.