Nearly $80,000! That's what this Touareg costs. Wow! I have always been intrigued by the super powerful V-10 diesel engine, but it sure taxes the chassis of this VW SUV. I can't remember another all-wheel-drive vehicle that regularly tries to spin its inside front tire when briskly accelerating through a corner. Plus, this Touareg weights some 700 pounds more than the gasoline V-8 version and you can sure feel that weight. Body control is nowhere near as good as a BMW X5 or a Range Rover. VW should have skipped the V-10 diesel venture and spent the time and money getting the V-6 diesel to the USA.
Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor