Great towing capacity and luxury
Nice car great to drive plenty of interior space and comfort.. fuel consumption is good we can get ours down to 9L/100km when driving highway would recommend a Touareg great for towing..
Purchased in December 2020.
Absolutely, Brilliant Motor Vehicle
I am a 71 year old male businessman ( background as, Automotive Engineer ) from Perth, WA who has owned and driven nearly EVERY 4WD SUV or sedan over time. Normally, I swap out cars when 12-18 months old! I acquired my R-Line V8 Touareg new in January 2014....have travelled city and country over 110,000 klms. Simply put, I cannot imagine driving anything else...there is no SUV which comes anywhere near this vehicle for comfort, handling, torque/power, effortless towing, solid build quality, simplicity, quiet, with an enduring body shape. I would thoroughly recommend buying one preferably, with good VW service records...
Purchased in January 2014 at John Hughes Car Sales.
Purchased to pull our 2.9t caravan which it does comfortably. Fantastic interior, love the massage seats, engine/transmission smoothness, fuel economy best 5.2L/100klm (no van), worst 13L/100klm (vehicle/caravan fully loaded), long term average 7.4L/100klm (over 10k klms). Only concern is the space saver spare capability once away from populated areas and on poor roads. Also the suitability of standard 20 inch wheels. Our options include Innovision pack and panoramic sunroof.
Once over the initial setup for each driver, the Touareg becomes possibly the most comfortable vehicle I've ever driven. The first service has just been completed, no issues or warranty concerns to date.
Purchased in October 2019 at Keystar Volkswagen Kippa-Ring.
Have tried most of the others and decided the 190 tdi would meet all my needs.
As a retired couple we wanted a vehicle we both could handle, able to tow our small caravan, and one that did not guzzle the fuel. A decent warranty and a reasonable service cost were also on our requirement list. We agree the vehicle is very new and we look forward to posting our experience with the car as we add the kms over time. Yes we have concerns over the fact that it has a space saver spare but beyond that we are more than happy with the support from the selling dealer. If the built in comfort features are the bench mark for a vehicle t...hen this car has more than we need but my wife and I just love the automatic seat adjustment linked to our keys. No more juggling the seat to meet our individual settings subject to who assumes the drivers seat any time. We are a one car couple and this car cost no more than 2 cars!
Purchased in February 2020 at VWTaree.
2007 TDI v6 is a beast but do your research
Car has 190,000km, paid 11k with RWC. Great value compared to Pajero, Prado, etc and one of the safest which influenced our buying decision.
I got this car as a second car that could handle some camping, snow trips, fire trails and the city commute 2-3 days per week.
The first thing you notice about these cars is the handling and NVH. The v6 TDI has a lot of torque and the Aisin gearbox is smooth. I also drove an R5 which was good too. It’s awesome to drive, super comfortable with great visibility and seats.
Do your research on these before you buy. Common things you need to look out for are the following, and they all go around 160-200k:
- gearbox valve body...
Purchased in February 2020 for $11,000.00.
Firstly this is my first VW and I started with the best in my opinion. I have a 2015 V6 tdi 180 kw which I purchased in November 2017. After one month I noticed the day time driving light on the driver side was not working and dealer said it needed to be replaced at a cost of $1700. I contacted VW aust. and after complaining about the cost and reliability the review the car’s service history and agreed to replace it free of charge. That good customer service and I love everything about this car, the ride the fuel consumption the towing capacity just to name a few.
Purchased in November 2017.
Fantastic Car (But)
My 2016 Touareg has fading window trim . Vw don’t want to know about it.
Shame really as the car is the very best of some 30 cars of ever owned.
I have treated it exactly the same as my previous 2009 Touareg and never had a problem.
It is obviously an issue that VW should make good.
Purchased in January 2017 for $75,000.00.
Great Car! Love its features and comforts!
I bought a 2017 V6 TDI. Great car I have ever driven. Very comfortable specially, I love air suspension, spacious cabin, leather heated seats, heated steering wheel. Also, It has got plenty of power and quick to speed up even though it is a diesel engine. I usually drive the car for long drive at the weekend. I have been driving this car for more than 1.5 year and do not have any issues so far.
Purchased in December 2017 at Volkswagen Dealers.
Nicest car I have ever driven
Originally purchased to tow a pop top caravan. Now primary transport. Tows the van effortlessly.
Because the car was already some 9 years old when originally purchased second hand and 220 k k's I have had to replace many things. Alternator, starter motor, water pump ,prop shaft, air-con blowers and suspension bushes, still a bargain. Shopping for engine mounts now, but still love the car, Dragging the van for >21 k k's average fuel consumption was 15.8 l/100 km! Has all the bells and whistles and a unique badge I wish I had 5 bux for every v8 LC dragging a a 'van' we over took. I could buy beer for a year!
- Touareg 7P (2011-2018)
Not a good car for us since we bought it $70K
We have upgraded our Brand new Nissan Qashqi as it was a bit small for our family car because having our second child new born. We traded this at VW dealer as the car was second hand/demo. Not after two months the car brake lights came up and when took back to the dealer said the brake pads are worn out after two months driving less then 5000 km so had to pay $1600 to replace the brakes. So my wife drive the car the same routine 4 days of the week same routine when she drop of my two year old daughter at childcare and pick her up in the afterno...on. So two weeks ago when she pickup my daughter from childcare the car got locked after she put both of my kids in their seats but she couldn’t get it as the key was on the driver seat. She called me panicking that she can’t open the car by using the childcare manager phone coz her bag and phone was inside the car. So my 4 months old son and 2 year old daughter inside the car locked in. I left work to go help her out and while driving to her called the RACV road side assistance to send someone to open the door. The RACV driver got there within 25 min and I got there 10 min after him. So the technician tried to open the door by inserting a hook but couldn’t open in as the door handle release was disabled. He tried for more then half hour couldn’t and advised to call the locksmith professional and they can do it. So I did that and he came same thing couldn’t open and by now it’s almost two hours my kids in the car crying and lucky the weather wasn’t that hot. Then noticed VW road side assistance sticker on the front screen called them and said will get the Technician as a matter of urgency because of the Children in the car. So they technician arrived two of them in separate trucks. By now it’s been 3 hours and 15 min. So the technician new what to do by dismantling the driver door handle from outside and had the master key alike but still couldn’t open the car. Tried to pick the key with the hook but dropped it and went under the driver seat. So at that time they decided to break the driver door glass to open. So the both technician said the car deadlock is the issue as it should be removed. So luckily the kids were falling asleep by crying and we had them back. So called the VW dealer the next day explained the situation and advised us to bring the car and they can replace the glass and check the car. They had the car now for two weeks and told us today they can’t find any issue with the deadlock and it will cost us $1800 to fix it. Does anyone else have any issue with this type of car?
A Great Car!
Traded in our VW Transporter and couldn't be happier. Wanted something a bit more off-road capable and to tow a very large camper-trailer, which the Touarag does effortlessly. Potters around town daily with the low urban consumption and 100L tank for commuting and on the open road you can go forever as relaxing to drive and very spacious and sporty. Pulling a loaded 1,700 kg trailer plus equipment and passengers and getting 11L/100km while cruising at 110 km/h uphill is just mind-boggling! Beyond powerful when needed and all the bells-and-whist...les you'd want from a luxury SUV. Adventure pack included roof racks and air suspension (drool). No complaints or issues except missed out on LED running lights but the price was too good. Knew the model was on its last legs with the third-generation version in 2019, but will happily upgrade when the time comes.
Oh no here I go again
So this is my second Touareg ( see my earlier two star review) and after all the grief I had with the last one was so hopeful this one would be fine. After two and a half years no issues, great car. Apart from the Bluetooth which will drive a man to drink and the outdated navigation screen and crap stereo sound. Now this week at 90k it’s done the main oil seal at motor gearbox junction. Six to eight weeks off the road. Yep under warranty but this is the second one in three years that has this problem. Dealer said there were four in front of m...e to get repaired with same problem. Hence the long wait. This is an issue vw. I love the car almost everything about it. Wednesday morning I was asking the dealer about when the new model comes out as I’d do a trade cause I liked it so much and wanted the new model. By the afternoon after the news I don’t want another one. Have to look further afield now. My fear is that this is the beginning of the crap fight like I had with the last one. Fault after fault once the first issue occurs. They are such a great value for Money car all the reviews testimony to their attributes but two Touareg in three years with same issue is just not good enough. Plus time to fix is ridiculous. My wife noted this morning that her wee Skoda yeti , six years old , 126 k , has seen off two Touaregs and hers hasn’t had an issue.
Others here have written glowingly of the Touareg. On that I can't disagree.
The downside of owning a 7P Touareg are;
1/. VW itself. The agents / service centres I've had dealings with leave much to be desired. I now go to an independent service centre (with better results).
2/. When things go wrong, prices are expensive. It's a high-tech car, imported from Europe, so the costs will naturally be higher. But, the prices of parts in Australia are almost double what they are in Germany. That, again, says much about VW Australia.
...3/. The RNS850 sat nav is a heap of junk. On a recent trip from Brisbane to Sydney along the Pacific Hwy, almost one third of the trip was 'off road'! By that I mean the road corridor has shifted and the VW maps are just so out of date. Worse still, once one leaves the bitumen, the sat nav rarely has mapping. One would imagine roads in a National Park adjacent to a main highway would be included - not so! For those interested, there are two different versions of the 7P - 4MOTION (an all wheel drive SUV) and 4XMOTION (the 4 WD).
Great car if you don’t care its badge
I give a four star due to its dated interior. My Touareg is 2015 edition , 40000km on the clock now, no issue at all. Top class handling and comfort as a suv in this size.
Looking forward to the new Touareg, it looks more handsome than the Q7 in my opinion.
What a great car, in the real tradition of Volkswagen. I had a BMW X3, this is a significant class above. Smooth 6, same ZF 8 speed transmission, 100 liter fuel tank and the Adventure series has virtually all options included. No wonder it was such a popular seller. It cruises both in town and country effortlessly does not feel big and cheaper than same platform Audi or Porsche. Looking fwd to many happy miles around Australia.
Only negative things is dealer and VW have no idea how to do a vehicle handover for a vehicle that has so many features, you are left on your own to figure it all out via one very complex user manual. They should learn a lesson from Apple.
Questions & Answers
Looking at purchasing the new Touareg 170TDI and would love to hear some advice.
I am sorry, cannot comment on the new model, I wrote concerning the car I currently drive and have done from new...which has been wonderful
Thank you Kim.
What’s the purpose of buying the Touareg? As a people-mover, you could choose better value (no 3rd row seats).
But if you’re after a SUV that rides better than others in its class, you’re at the table. A bonus is that it tows up to 3.5 tonne, which shows the strength of its chassis & power train. Most important is that it needs to be serviced regularly by someone who knows them (preferably VW dealer). It is a fussy vehicle in terms of options, so it’s best to have them fitted at delivery, unless you have a friend who’s loving a challenge!
I have a 2019 Launch Edition 190kw, after 18 months & 20k klms.
We have just bought a 2013 Toureg and a caravan does any one know about or have experience with raising the rear suspension.
just wondering about r line owners who tow a van please.
have you had any problems weight wise?
what size van and weight.
I tow a Jayco Silverline 23' Caravan and weighs in at 3200kg. My 2016 V8 Touareg tows it easily and the fuel consumption is still pretty good, about 9lt per 100km. The best towing vehicle I have ever owned.
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|Category||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs|
|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||20" Alloy||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||19" Alloy|
|Fuel Consumption||7.4 L/100km||7.2 L/100km||7.2 L/100km||7.2 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||75 L||85 L||85 L||85 L|
|Engine||6 Cylinder 3L||6 Cylinder 3.0L||6 Cylinder 3.0L||6 Cylinder 3.0L|
|Max Power||190kW @ 4000rpm||150kW @ 4000rpm||150kW @ 4000rpm||150kW @ 4000rpm|
|Max Torque||600Nm @ 2250rpm||450Nm @ 2750rpm||450Nm @ 2750rpm||450Nm @ 2750rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Slovakia||Slovakia||Slovakia||Slovakia|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||3,500 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||500 mm||500 mm||500 mm|
|Release date||May 2019||Jan 2011||Jan 2015||Jan 2017|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2018||Dec 2018||Dec 2018|
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