Long-Term Update: 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8

Volkswagen's Touareg was our 2004 Sport/Utility of the Year winner

Neil G. Chirico
Mar 16, 2005
Photographers: Jeremiah Scott, Brian Vance
Volkswagen's Touareg was our 2004 Sport/Utility of the Year winner, and as such it gets an automatic invitation to join our one-year-test fleet. It took a while to arrange for one, but our Touareg V8 arrived handsomely dressed in Blue Silver paint with Kristal Gray Leather. As well equipped as this model is, we chose only one additional option: the Premium Plus package for a plus-size premium of $7600. This equipment group includes a 375-watt, 12-channel, 11-speaker audio system with CD and navigation, Bi-Xenon headlamps with washers, four-corner air-suspension, the leather seats, a silver roof rack, and the convenience package. Total cost, including $615 in destination charges, came to $50,855.

The logbook is already filling with comments confirming last year's pick: "Still feels every bit a winner" and "So, 10 months after picking the Touareg as SUOTY, do I have any buyer's remorse? Certainly our $50,000 long-term example makes a more convincing case for stretching the VW brand upmarket than does the $90,000 Phaeton W12." Our tester has consumed one quart of synthetic oil in the first 2500 miles, which is considered normal during the break-in period. Otherwise, no concerns to date.
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From The Logbook
"The Touareg feels rich, from the delicious growl of its 310-horse V-8 to the gorgeous interior materials, fit and finish, and overall solidity."
Ron Session


2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8
Base price $43,255
Price as tested $50,855
Vehicle layout Front engine, 4WD, 4-door, 5-pass
Engine 4.2L V-8, DOHC, 5 valves/cyl
SAE net hp @ rpm 310 @ 6200
SAE torque @ rpm 302 @ 3000
Transmission6-speed automatic
0-60 mph, sec 7.9
EPA mpg, city/hwy 14/18
Total mileage 5116
Average test mpg 13.3
Problem areas None
Maintenance cost $9/1 qt oil
Normal-wear cost $0

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MSRP: $44,705
Mileage: 17 / 23
Engine: 3.6L V6
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