2013 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sport 

  • $47k
  • 3.0L Diesel V6
  • 20 city 29 hwy
6.8 Out of 10
The name is quirky (from a nomadic North African tribe) but behind the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg's badging is one of the more compelling packages in today's 5-door, all-wheel-drive (AWD) lineup.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
A rigid structure and all-independent suspension provide the composure, while a trio of available drivetrains provides fun, function and efficiency.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)

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Reviews Word on the street for the Volkswagen Touareg TDI

The Touareg has a clean separation between its grille and front air dam, with Audi-like LEDs in the headlights and taillights.

The design is restrained and clean but well executed in beautiful materials.


7.0 Out of 10

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Three very different engines give the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg very different personalities.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
The base V6 is a narrow-angle direct-injection 3.6 with a fine balance of smoothness, acceleration and fuel efficiency.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
The Touareg TDI's diesel V-6 is now rated at 240 horsepower, an increase of 15 hp.
by cars.com (Aug, 2012)


Acceleration is quite surprising and efficiency still excellent.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
Add the electric motor's seamless urge and you have an eye-popping total rated output of 380 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
The TDI turbodiesel boasts strong low-speed torque (406 lb-ft) and miserly highway fuel consumption (29 mpg, 700-mile range).
by KBB (Oct, 2012)


The Touareg has communicative steering, a supple (albeit controlled) ride and strong brakes.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
All 2013 Touaregs feature VW's 4Motion AWD system with its adaptive front/rear torque distribution providing great stability and enhanced handling.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
With three responsive powertrains connected to Volkswagen's 8-speed automatic transmission and 4Motion AWD, all variants of the 2013 Touareg provide a level of driving engagement rare in the SUV category.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)


The Touareg's cabin is fairly conventional.
by cars.com (Aug, 2012)
The end result is sheetmetal that appears both trim and urbane; the skin is pulled taut over the wheels and cabin.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
It doesn't have the intricate detailing of an Audi interior, but you can see the family connection.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)


With its rigid body structure, supple suspension, strong engines and tasteful appointments, VW's Touareg provides an unusually rewarding driving experience for something called an SUV.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
Regardless of engine, all Touaregs use an 8-speed automatic transmission and VW's 4Motion full-time AWD.3.6-liter VR6280 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm266 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6240 horsepower @ 4,000 rpm406 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg3.0-liter supercharged V6 + electric motor380 horsepower (combined)428 lb-ft of torque (combined)EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/24 mpg.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Volkswagen
Model year 2013
City range 528 miles
Highway range 765 miles
MSRP $47k
Annual cost $12,007

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.55 m³
CO2 per car made 0.89 metric ton
Energy per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 209 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Diesel
Cylinders V6
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 4WD Full-Time

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 8 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer Standard
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 5
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.39 g
Combined CO2/mile 442 g
Methane/mile 0.04 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.04 g
Vapor canisters 0
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 3
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 67 tons

power & handling

Max torque 406 ft-lb @ 2,000 RPM
Max HP 240 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 20.73 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 39 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 255 mm
Front wheel diameter 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 76.4 in
Front track width 65 in
Height 68.2 in
Ground clearance 7.9 in
Length 188.8 in
Wheelbase 113.9 in
Curb weight 4,974 lb
GVWR 6,305 pounds
Tow weight 7,716 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 57 ft³
Rear seat room 47 ft³
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