The Touareg Proves To Be The Best Diesel Vehicle

The Detroit News took the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI out for a spin and find that this SUV may be the best way to get Americans into diesels.

It combines a big SUV with good fuel economy like few other vehicles, while maintaining its European sophistication. The 3-liter V-6 in the Touareg creates 406 pound-feet of torque and 225 horsepower. It continues to get aggressive acceleration despite a decrease in overall weight of the vehicle.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The ride is quiet and smooth, and the Touareg feels more like a Mercedes than a Volkswagen.

VW uses two video screens to help the driver. Between the speedometer and tachometer is a 7-inch display screen that provides vehicle information and turn-by-turn navigation information.

An 8-inch navigation screen provides nearly as much information at the top of the center stack with an extremely clear picture and 3-D mapping for the navigation system. This map includes some 3-D landmarks.

There are also all of the bells and whistles, such as Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cellphone operation, an optional giant panoramic sunroof that reaches all the way into the second row, and an extremely comfortable interior for all five passengers.

To test drive the new Touareg visit David Maus VW North on Lee Road.

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