Geeks will feel great inside the new Touareg, mostly because there are a lot of buttons everywhere to have fun with. Still, there are a number of things to be discussed first.
As we already mentioned, the seats felt great but came with manual controls so, if you're lazy like us, you should have a look on the options list to get yourself some electronic adjustments. A heating option with three levels was offered on our test model as well, but cooling was once again optional.
The biggest issue we had was caused by the audio system. Although it does sound great, the audio configuration lacks... almost everything. We mean, the only thing we could listen to during our test drive was the radio, as other input options were completely missing. In fact, no, we had the AUX port but seriously now, how many of you are still using this option on such an expensive model?
It took maybe 30 minutes to accept the idea that the new Touareg doesn't come with USB connectivity or, at least, with iPhone or iPod ports. Blasphemy! Steve, we have a problem...
Another thing that left us with a straight face was the navigation system. Or, to be more precise, the map data. Many of the streets we've driven on were missing from the data and it happened several times to be guided to nowhere. Strange thing to be driving a Touareg and reach a dead-end...
Other than that, the car comes with a 6.5-inch resistive touchscreen, which means that you might have to keep your finger one second or two on the option you want before the display reacts to your input. Of course, this isn't a problem at all if you're not in motion or the one who browses the menus is the front passenger, so maybe this is actually a way to force drivers keep their eyes on the road... Truth is, the navigation system instructions are also displayed on the dashboard, just between the gauges.
A 2-meter box in a 2.5-meter parking space? That doesn't sound too scary for drivers who know what a clutch is, but it may be terrifying for ladies who sometimes forget to unfold the exterior mirrors before leaving home. Whatever the case, Volkswagen installed cameras at both the front and the rear, so you'll be assisted as long as the car is in reverse mode.Continue reading