2016 Volkswagen Touareg

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Dynamically, the Touareg feels slow and heavy,mostly because it is slow and heavy.The VR6 engine is saddled with 4895 pounds of curb weight, pulling it to 60 mph in a slow-for-this-class 7.8 seconds. The eight-speed automatic transmission doesn’t help,being reluctant to downshift unless the driver pushes the gas pedal through a resistant kickdown switch.

Other feats are similarly dulled by the beefy weight—namely,braking:Despite good pedal feel and action,the Touareg required a long 185 feet to stop from 70 mph.In corners,too,the VW feels heavy, although body motions are well controlled.


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