When my Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (which by the way was a fantastic car and i really don't understand of the negative reports so often stated on this and other sites) was nearing its end of lease, I found myself with no idea as to what to buy next. Having had a Lexus RX 330 and the a Ford Territory Ghia Turbo (another amazing car) before the Jeep, and not being one to buy a model that I had already owned before, I found myself struggling to be inspired.
That is until I saw a WV Touareg pull up beside me at the lights in Narellan, Sydney. I hadn,t really noticed these on the road before and knew that the previous model was not without its flaws. None the less, as soon a I got home on to google I went to look at both owner and journalist reviews from here and the USA. As they seemed largely positive I headed on down to the local VW dealer where in no time at all I had purchased a new Touareg for just on $80,000.00
Fast forward 16 months and 30,000k's and I couldnt be happier with my purchase. These cars are outstanding in comfort, performance and fuel economy.
In fact I am amazed a just how economical my Touareg is. As a person who has always had at least one V8 or Turbo 6 in the fleet, i should admit that I don't always focus on fuel economy when driving. But this car still provides excellent results. It it also abundantly powerful, handles well, has probably the best fit and finish of any car that i have owned and in my opinion a car that's styling is very easy on the eye. Given that it shares much of its components with the Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7 where it enjoys a significant price advantage, I am at a loss as to understand why it doesn't sell in greater numbers.
On the down side I think the infotainment system is a little complex in how it functions. whilst it work fine and seems to have all of the features we look for in modern cars my VF SSV Holden has a system we is so much easier to use. Also the positioning of the cruise control switches could have been better thought out and a car like this should have a push button start/ stop as opposed to the keyed version.
On the whole, I would recommend this car to anyone who isn't a badge snob.