View Thread: A 3,500-kilogram trailer load limit makes the Touareg an ideal towing vehicle


kak
Volkswagen's Touareg claims to be the most advanced off-road vehicle of its era. This multi-purpose vehicle with permanent four-wheel drive (4XMOTION) is available as with a 5-cylinder TDI inline engine or as a V6, V8 or V10 TDI. All versions have a significant feature in common: an outstandingly high trailer load limit of 3,500 kg (braked, gradient up to 12 percent/1 in 8.3).

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Horus
that's a great color for it

kak
Yepp! :)

k6kicker
isnt this basically the same as the chayyne but with a tamer engine?

Pennzoil GT-R
i dont like it. its really ugly in person, much worse then photos.

kak
I like this much more than the Cayenne. It's not correct of Porsche to come with such a car, I think. From Volkswagen it's allright.

RealityCheck
2003 Ford E350 Super Duty XLT Extended Van, 7.3 turbo diesel

Advantages over the VW:
$3,000 less expensive
Tows 2,000 more lbs
better fuel economy
Far superior cargo and passenger capacity
Other motorists won't think you have self-esteem issues

Disadvantages:
No AWD.

... there's a clear winner here, and once again it isn't the SUV. When will this stupid fad go away?

Rotary Boy
I like it more than I like the chayyenne(or however you spell it)

if you want towing power though you really can't go wrong with our shops tilt back flatbed towtruck. nothing beats the towing power of a cummins N-14, 435Hp and 1550 TQ

but then again I get the feeling the VW has a better sound system

Turbodiesel
The Touareg is a nice car. Here are some shots I took of local Touaregs near my town Mühldorf am Inn. Both are 3.2 V6 Touareg's and the first one was take during the winter of 2002/2003.

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid67/p1a621a9d4da0a8d4ea31c4f0e1797492/fbc7f1a5.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid67/pa1af5cbb0e8068cc9f35a1a3dccabe71/fbc7f1ab.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid67/p4ed4b418d40addfa637130af39725ad8/fbc7f196.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid67/p93c4cb4d25a2d1f85c2930508dbd1f6a/fbc7f190.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid67/p8026834c31df687a687e7d76aadc92cd/fbc7f1b4.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid67/p1d61fc665eec2803f5a42c3cb5bad826/fbc7f192.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid67/pc1d7aa100804f00893455db20989c599/fbc7f1af.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid69/pdd4905058f28914e5c95a23f9afe7e20/fbba0ec2.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid69/p231f8bd947b71e938bc23b1ad298a270/fbba0ec6.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid69/ped4ca185367cce7312e0151f1c4e4ddc/fbba0ebe.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid69/p42d58073112fbde952d793a40985cbc4/fbba06d2.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid69/p749cd12623b282f9c1edbdac774e88c6/fbba06d4.jpg

Turbodiesel
Originally posted by RealityCheck
2003 Ford E350 Super Duty XLT Extended Van, 7.3 turbo diesel

Advantages over the VW:
$3,000 less expensive
Tows 2,000 more lbs
better fuel economy
Far superior cargo and passenger capacity
Other motorists won't think you have self-esteem issues

Disadvantages:
No AWD.

... there's a clear winner here, and once again it isn't the SUV. When will this stupid fad go away?

Better fuel economy? Than what? If you are comparing the Ford E350 to a V8 Touareg, no wonder. If you are asking for trouble, compare it to the R5 and V10 TDI Touareg's.

RealityCheck
Originally posted by Turbodiesel
Better fuel economy? Than what? If you are comparing the Ford E350 to a V8 Touareg, no wonder. If you are asking for trouble, compare it to the R5 and V10 TDI Touareg's.

According to VW's website, only the V6 and V8 gas engines are available in the United States. An E350 turbo deisel gets better fuel economy than the V8 Touareg, and is comparable to the V6. I'm simply making comparisons among vehicles that are available in the market to which I have access.

Another benefit of the Ford is that E350 is easy to pronounce (eeee-tree-fiddy in redneckbonics). What the hell does "Touareg" mean anyway?

mustangdriver
Actually the V8 Touareg gets 14/18 MPG and the E-350 gets 13/17 so it's pretty comparable. Not really a win on either side.

Here are some other comparison points:

Touareg
HP: 310 @ 6,200
Torque: 302 @ 3,000 - 4,000
0-60: 7.6 seconds

E-350
HP: 255-hp @ 4,500 rpm
Torque: 350 lbs.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm
0-60: Maybe (just kidding, couldn't find it)

But honestly I doubt there will be too many people cross-shopping these two vehicles.

mustangdriver
The Touareg also has 2000 more lbs of towing capacity than the van and weighs more than 1000lbs less.

Hey I'm a Ford guy, but I like the new VW what can I say. Just didn't think it was an accurate comparison.

Turbodiesel
Sorry, I thought the E350 was a gas engine. :D Touareg is the name of some African nomadic tribe I believe. You guys should get the V10 TDI, that'll trash a few gas powered SUV's! :D

A-Tech
yeah, get the truck, if you want a crappy ride, shoddy interior and if you want it to fall apart.

RealityCheck
Originally posted by preludedriver
The Touareg also has 2000 more lbs of towing capacity than the van and weighs more than 1000lbs less.

Hey I'm a Ford guy, but I like the new VW what can I say. Just didn't think it was an accurate comparison.

The Touareg has 2000+ lbs LESS towing capacity than an E350 Super Duty.

It is sort of an apples and oranges comparison, but the title of this thread focused on the VWs towing capacity, which frankly isn't that impressive. The fact remains that an E350 Super Duty powered by the 7.3 Turbo Diesel has waaaaaaay more cargo, passenger, and towing capacity for less money, and gets as good or better fuel economy.

The SUV acronym is a misnomer when applied to most SUVs - they simply don't offer enough "Utiltiy" or "Sport" to be worthy of the moniker. Something like JSWFPWLSE (jacked-up station wagon for people with low self esteem) would be far more accurate.

In reference to the comment about trucks falling apart, we're talking VW here. Not exactly the pinnacle of reliability. I direct your attention here:

http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2003-07-08-quality_x.htm

Notice that VW is near the very bottom, among steller nameplates such as Kia and Daewoo. You could choose virtually any car or truck made and it will be more reliable than a VW. And the Touareg is a new model, so it will more than likely be a POS even by VW's dismal standands.