A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg

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


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