2016 volkswagen touareg Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Volkswagen Touareg now comes with 14-way power adjustable ventilated front seats in the Lux and Executive trims while new 21-inch alloy wheels are now available. Park distance control is now part of the Driver Assistance package in the Sport w/ Tech trim. Executive variants now come with a power adjustable steering column and a host of driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. The Touareg Hybrid model has been discontinued for the 2016 model year.
The 2016 Volkswagen Touareg is a large two-row upscale crossover that comes standard with all-wheel drive and slots above the smaller Tiguan.
The 2016 Touareg is powered by a gas-powered 3.6-liter rated at 280 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The gas-powered Touareg gets an EPA-rated 17/23 mpg city/highway. Behind the rear seats, there’s 32/1 cubic feet of cargo space that can be expanded to 64 cubic feet with the split-folding second row down. The Touareg can tow up to 7.716 pounds when properly equipped.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. The Executive trim comes with additional driver aids as standard including automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The base Sport trim comes with a remote power tailgate, HID headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Moving up to the Sport w/Tech trim adds a rearview camera, the hands-free liftgate, keyless entry/start, and a navigation system featuring a larger eight-inch touchscreen. Lux variants add a panoramic sunroof, 12-way adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory, leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, and lane departure warning. Range-topping Executive models add the Dynaudio premium sound system, a 360-degree view camera system, a heated steering wheel, 20-inch alloy wheels, and heated front and rear seats.
What We Think
In a 2015 First Test review, we said that the Touareg continues to be a decent premium crossover with good rear visibility, a solid interior, and feels substantial on the road. The 20-inch alloy wheels, however, does hurt the crossover’s ride by making it rougher on less-than-perfect pavement. Despite lacking a premium badge, the Touareg’s interior features high quality materials such as real wood and metal accents; however, certain premium features such as ventilated front seats are mysteriously not offered even on the highest trim level. Auto-hold is also missing from the features list despite the crossover being one of the few off-road-capable ones.
- Well-built and spacious cabin
- Good visibility
You Won’t Like:
- 20-inch wheels hurt ride comfort
- No ventilated front seats
- Auto-hold braking feature is absent