2010 Volkswagen Touareg V-6 TDI

The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg TDI makes few concessions to the diesel SUVs from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, and starts at a price roughly $5000 less than those trucks. The 20-inch wheels on our example create a slightly cumbersome ride. I suspect that lighter wheels with a bit more tire sidewall would better suit the Touareg and might make the difference between the comfort and sport modes more apparent.

Piggybacking off Evan's ergonomic complaints, a few interior bits are chintzy compared to what we expect from Volkswagen. The climate control temperature dials are cheap plastic with vague, meaningless detents that make the knob feel inaccurate. The seats and steering wheel, however, are fantastic. Hopefully, the new Touareg coming as a 2011 model can rectify the minor interior issues and build on the qualities that make it a desirable largish SUV.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

Sure like this Vehicle. I hope to have one soon. Probably gonna need one thats right hand drive since I will be living in Samoa. Would have loved to have owned one of the v10 diesel versions. I would skip the bigger wheels auto manufacturers need to remember many of us would much rather have a smooth ride than a phat ride. I could care less about having rims over 17 inches, who wants short sidewalls in a sport utility? Nobody that plans on using it off road or that may have someone that is a curb rider, Car companies have gone way overboard with the big rim phase. Applaud keeping diesel as an option though, biodiesel is and should be a big part of our future.
The left button on the back of the steering wheel allows you to turn off the lights on the wheel when driving long distance and night.

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