• Nov 18, 2008
A gent named Chris at VW of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, just received the order guide for the Touareg V6 TDI, and the numbers reveal that it will arrive on our shores in January with a base price of $42,800, or $43,490 with the destination charge. That base price is $3,500 more than the Touareg V6 FSI, money that will get you slightly less horsepower but about 150 lb-ft. more torque and about 4.5 more mpg. Options include the Luxury Package for $2,700, Tech Package for $3,350, and Luxury Plus for $5,400. If you want to do something with your Touareg other than go get hotdogs, the rear locking diff is $700, a trailer hitch runs you $500, and you can throw in the silkiness that is the four-corner air suspension for $2,750. There's no word yet on invoice pricing, and it will be interesting to see if people stump up for the premium without getting huge deals on the lot.

[Source: Club Touareg]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      What is that, $30000 less than the V10 TDI?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know! Love the V10 diesel though. I lust after the V12 additionally.

        If you get any version of the Touareg, get the air suspension. It changes the driving dynamics in many driving situations.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Nice, very nice. But for a 'wants a practical VW that doesn't cost a left knutsen' guy like me, I'd never buy one. It's the opposite of what I'm looking for, except in the driving side of things.

      Make practical and somewhat affordable cars and vans like you do all over the world (except you don't sell them here) and give the 'normal' people a choice and don't make them 'toyota like'.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Diesel is still more practical as the TDI versions of vehicles generally make up for the added cost of diesel with much higher fuel economy numbers. Nice pic of the old Touareg, by the way...
      • 6 Years Ago
      You have to wonder if timing isn't going to doom this and any other diesel hitting the shores right now. First of all, NOBODY is buying cars right now. Second, at least in SE Wisconsin, diesel prices are roughly 50% higher than gas. Most stations are selling reg unleaded for $1.89 to $1.99, but diesel is $2.79 to $2.99.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Have we learned nothing about fickle fuel prices?

        The Domestic truck industry is all but dead due to a 6-month bubble in gas prices.

        Cost of ownership of a vehicle is drastically different today than it was a month ago.

        Timing regardless, there's still absolutely no predicting the cost of ownership of either type of vehicle in the future.

        Moral of the story, as always: buy what you like and the rest is a gamble.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Last i checked VW is having zero issues selling TDIs with a 3-5 month waiting list for the sportwagen varient (the only one i'd be interested in, not sure about the sedans). VW's never had issues selling TDIs, I doubt they will begin to with an SUV about as frugal as a highlander hybrid.
        • 6 Years Ago
        BigMcLargeHuge @ Nov 18th 2008 9:44AM
        > Moral of the story,
        > as always:
        > buy what you like
        > and the rest is a gamble.

        +1 and a "Hell Yeah!"
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Bluestreak:

        I paid a fair amount north of $42k for a Hybrid Highlander with all the options which, oddly in limited form (closest to the Touareg base) starts at $41,020. It's always struck me as odd when people speak so passionately against cars/trucks priced competitively with their rivals, especially when this one provides a much better handling truck at only .2 seconds off the Highlander's 0-60 and better highway fuel economy for less in town mpg.

        If you wouldn't mind linking me to the dearth of 26+ MPG on the highway SUVs with 4wd (in the Touareg's case real vs the faux electronic on the Highlander) for a lot less then $40,000 with the options found on the Highlander Hybrid Limited and Touareg I'd appreciate it. Hell, point me to ANY SUV with real 4wd and 30mpg on the highway. I'm just trying to understand what perspective you're coming from.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's the old model you're showing in the picture...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The [rich] people's car. What happened to you VW?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, I didn't realize the Touregs were so expensive. VW needs to offer TDI across the board, Tiguan and not sure if Passat sedan/wagon both have TDI, nad the CC. And we need TDI in automatic!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm asure it will happen eventually. VW previously offered a TDI in virtually every model line(Golf, Jetta, Passat, Touareg, New Beetle).

        Now that they are coming out with the new 50 state diesels, I bet it will happen again.

        Biggest problem will be producing enough engines. The 2.0L TDI in particular is experiencing heavy demand around the World and that's why we aren't seeing it in the Tiguan yet. Probably the same for the Passat and CC as well.

      • 6 Years Ago
      VW: Always in the wrong place at the wrong time. You'd have to be nuts to pay $50,000 for that bloated oil-burner. And don't claim it will make up the difference in fuel costs. That's all BS, too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        http://www.spritmonitor.de/de/uebersicht/50-Volkswagen/458-Touareg.html

        Well, as you can see from this link, the Touareg V6 TDI ranges from 25.5 MPG to 18 mpg.
        While the V6 FSI model ranges from 18mpg to 13mpg, quite the difference i must say.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes thats the reason that VW is not in financial trouble.

        GM Mkt Cap: 1.89B Net Income -38,732.00 (2007)
        Ford Mkt Cap: 4.01B Net Income -2,723.00 (2007)

        VW Mkt Cap: 189.92B Net Income 4,120.00 (2007)

        And I don't think that huge difference it's because Vw is asking to much money for their cars!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        they are so wrong that in a world were all car manufactor makes giant looses they still grow and grow and grow in produced numbers, sold cars, earned money, win and stock worth...

        one reason that VW isn´t in financial trouble like the 3 weak US car companys is that they ask the price they need to pay their bills... better sell less cars and still earn money with every car sold than selling huge ammount of cars and loosing money with every car sold.. smart US car industry...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks overpriced. That must be $30K for the vehicle plus about $12K to a mandatory VW maintenance fund, which will cover the inevitable mechanical failures that occur during the first few years of ownership. On average that probably won't be enough, but at least you know what you're in for up front.

      I own a VW and can attest to the fact that they do indeed look and feel nice, but damn does the shoddy engineering rear its ugly head early and often. Next time I'll suffer with bland/hideous Japanese styling so that I get a vehicle that actually holds up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't understand why in America there is so much trouble with the Touaregs. Maybe it's true but in my country (Europe) they sell like crazy especially the V6 TDI, and we are a poor country....and nobody has had so much trouble... don't know. In my opinion it's a proper SUV....luxury, power, you can actually go off road and great MPG.... great car
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a not so rich V10 Touareg driver I can attest to the general lunacy of having a V10 TDI but you wont find a more flexible and fun SUV. Not as much fun as an Audi S4 but it fits my dog, goes off road and gets 18-22MPG (13MPG in Sport mode ;)
      I bought it used with an extended warranty for far less than what it went for 4 years ago.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Once you factor in VW's abysmal reliability and very expensive repair costs throughout the lifetime of the vehicle, then this Touareg will actually cost you $60000, not yet including gas that you'll spend while owning it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So true, all those consumer reports articles and improved JD power scores are BS!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, with this vehicle, you will not have to buy one single gallon of gas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good luck finding a new job Chris. What a dumd ass. Don't these people realise that confidential information given to them by the manufacturer is... confidential.
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