With diesel fuel running nearly $1-a-gallon ahead of unleaded regular, only the most hopeless math flunky would spend nearly $80,000 for a V-10 TDI Touareg and expect to ever recoup the TDI's whopping extra cost. This car is impossible to justify, and one gets the sense that VW is just tossing out there because it can. The Touareg has always been overpriced and over-engineered, but the V-10 TDI takes the madness to a new level. As Phil correctly points out, the 3.0-liter TDI would be far more sensible. But what makes even more sense is a Tiguan.
Joe Lorio, Senior Editor