Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg 2012

The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg provides an appealing combination of style, performance and drivability. This all-wheel drive SUV delivers a satisfying driving experience at a more affordable price than some of the comparable options available in its class.

Key Features

Independent suspension paired with a rigid structure makes the Touareg a great performer on the road. The automatic eight-speed transmission paired with any of the available three drivetrains delivers all-season performance. A panoramic sunroof adds a nice touch for both the driver and passengers, while the considerable 10-year/10,000 mile powertrain warranty inspires confidence that you are purchasing a reliable vehicle.

New for 2012

The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg got a bit of a redesign this model year with the removal of the low-range transfer case, which helped eliminate around 300 pounds from the weight to create a lighter ride.

What We Like

The smooth ride and composure of this crossover delivers a driving experience that is unlike most other vehicles in the class. The responsive steering, controlled ride and exceptional braking response are all valuable commodities. The overall design has also changed considerably over the years, leaving the latest model more reminiscent of a station wagon than actual SUV.

What Concerns Us

If you are looking for a vehicle that can handle plenty of cargo, the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg might not be the right choice for you. Additionally, while it may be a crossover SUV, it does not fare well when trying to go off-road. You’ll only be able to fit five passengers as well, making this a considerably less roomy option than some of the others available.

Available Models

The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg is available in six different models:

TDI Executive, TDI Lux and TDI Sport

  • 3.6-Liter V6
  • 280 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
  • 265 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,000 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg

VR6 Executive, VR6 Lux and VR6 Sport

  • 3.0-Liter Turbodiesel V6
  • 225 horsepower @ 3,500-4,000 rpm
  • 406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-2,250 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg

Major Recalls

There have been no major recalls issued for the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg.

Common Issues

There have been a number of complaints reported about the Touareg. The most common complaints are centered on issues that cause the steering wheel to shake at highway speeds, brake system issues, sudden losses of power and an inability to remove the key from the ignition.

Volkswagen Touareg 2012 Interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.


More related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Vacuum Brake Booster Check Valve Last?
The braking system on your car requires a lot of pressure. The vacuum booster is one of the main sources of this pressure. This booster will take the pressure that...
How to Find the Keyless Code on a Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer
Many Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers were manufactured with an option known as the Ford keyless entry keypad. Some models refer to it as SecuriCode as well. It...

Related questions

Q: The exhaust has a leak. Could that be expensive to fix?

As you know, parts and labor can vary in price tremendously depending on the shop, the skills of the mechanic and many other factors. I would suggest having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to perform a pre-purchase...

Q: Car turns over fine but will not start. New battery, fuel filter, fuel filter relay, and crankshaft sensor

You need to see if you hear the fuel pump in the fuel tank run when you try and start it. The pump is located under the rear seat on the passenger side. There is a fuel pump module on...

Q: How do I use the Compass feature in the driver information center (DIC)?

The Compass feature in the driver information center (DIC) allows you to have a compass displayed on the DIC. To access the Compass feature, press the MENU button until the DIC displays Vehicle Information Menu, then use the toggle buttons...