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Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg Towing Capacities

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The Volkswagen lineup features both the VW Tiguan and the Touareg, highly rated SUVs. Both vehicles are designed to be stylish and practical. However, these two vehicles have their differences, and their towing capacities reflect this perhaps better than anything.

VW Tiguan

The Tiguan is a fun, sporty SUV that comes with high-level bluetooth connectivity and a Sport mode that allows it to be a fun and simple vehicle to drive. The different trim options all include a powerful 2.0 liter Turbo engine. The VW Tiguan features a towing capacity of 2,200 pounds, which is roughly the weight of an ultralight travel trailer or a single-horse trailer with some additional weight such as saddles. This towing capacity comes from 200 horsepower and 207 pounds of torque.

VW Touareg

The Touareg is a large, robust SUV with the option of a panoramic sunroof and significant internal capacity. There is sizable power in the Touareg’s 3.6 liter V6 engine, which supplies 280 horsepower and 266 pounds of torque. All told, the Touareg is able to tow 7,716 pounds of cargo. Provided you use the proper hitch and tongue setup, you could quite reliably and safely haul a 2-horse trailer with full tack and saddles for both animals, or a mid-size camper using the Touareg.

Exceeding the Towing Capacity

It is important to pay careful attention to the towing capacity that your vehicle possesses, and match it to your intended haul. Attempting to put more weight on your towing setup may seem to be okay for a short trip, but over even a fairly short time this can go very badly. Even going over by a small amount can make your SUV difficult to steer and reduce the effectiveness of your brakes. This will present danger to you and your passengers, so it is not advised. If you exceed the weight limit and drive carefully, your tires will still fail more quickly due to the extra strain. Further, your engine will more likely overheat, which will cause your drivetrain to prematurely fail. Also, braking with too much weight will strain your brakes.

Fun and Functionality

The VW Touareg is designed to tow larger loads, such as for extended camping trips and moving construction supplies. The VW Tiguan is designed to steer more enjoyably and to tow smaller loads, such as a motorcycle or jetskis for pleasure trips. Both vehicles do very well at their intended purposes.

VW Touareg vs. BMW X5

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Surrounded by a wealth of premium brands, such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen offers a lineup of first-class vehicles that rival even some of the most opulent makes and models. When it comes to luxury mid-size SUVs, it’s hard to beat the price tag of the VW Touareg. Packed with high-class features at an affordable rate, the VW Touareg goes head-to-head with the BMW X5 and other models in its class with its vast array of interior amenities, premium features and overall performance.

Performance, Efficiency and Towing Capability

Whereas the BMW X5 places an emphasis on handling and driving dynamics, the VW Touareg focuses on providing a well-groomed ride. Equipped with a base-level, 3.6L, 280 HP engine with 266 lb.-ft. of torque, the VW Touareg delivers a seamless driving experience. The BMW X5, on the other hand, provides a peak torque of 300 lb.-ft. and 300 HP with its 3.0L engine.

When looking at the base engines that come standard on both of the rivals’ models, the BMW X5 offers a slightly better fuel economy. However, the Touareg has an increased maximum towing capacity with its standard 4Motion all-wheel drive system and optional towing accessories, making it the premier choice for those who need to haul heavy equipment.

How the Interiors Stack Up

Offering a quiet cabin, the VW Touareg boasts a luxury-level, soundly built interior. Crafted from high-quality materials, the Touareg features two digital displays, analog gauges and heated front seats, making it as fun to drive as it is to ride in.

When it comes to interior space, the Touareg falls just a tad short of its competitor. Because the BMW X5 finds itself on the bigger end of the mid-size SUV spectrum, the boot of the vehicle is larger than the Touareg. The BMW X5 offers 35.8 cu. ft. of trunk space, which converts into 76.7 cu. ft. with the seats folded down. Comparatively, the Touareg contains 32.1 cu. ft. of cargo space that expands to 64 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded.

The BMW also offers an optional third row, providing seating for up to seven passengers. However, the small third-row addition makes for a cramped seating arrangement, reducing the comfort of the vehicle’s passengers. In contrast, the Touareg guarantees plenty of space for the driver and four additional travelers for an enjoyable driving experience.

Conclusion

When pitting the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg against the 2017 BMW X5, the Touareg gives buyers the most bang for their buck. The quiet cabin, roomy interior and reliable performance combine to let the Touareg contend with high-class luxury vehicles from premium brands while remaining an affordable option.

2018 VW Touareg plug-in hybrid powertrain and features

Will the next Touareg feature a plug-in hybrid model?

2018 VW Touareg plug-in hybrid powertrain and features

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Maybe it’s too early to speculate on the latest Volkswagen offering, what with the Beijing Auto Show a full week away, but VW has offered us just enough to get our imaginations going. In just 10 bullet points, we learned of an SUV that promises to be the most advanced yet for the luxury segment, and puts a clear emphasis on digital functionality. Naturally, we’re guessing this model is going to be a 2018 VW Touareg plug-in hybrid, with the powertrain and features pointing toward a new generation for the model. Read the rest of this entry >>