The Volkswagen Touareg is a spectacular choice for a SUV, with luxurious design elements both inside and out, premium comfort, convenience and multimedia features and excellent performance, courtesy of its V6 FSI engine and 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive system. In this 2017 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee comparison, we show how the new Touareg favorably stacks up against the SUV competition.
The 2017 Touareg has a definitive advantage on the performance front. It comes with a state-of-the-art 3.6-liter V6 FSI engine, producing an impressive 266 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the 3.6-liter V6 in 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee generates 260 lb-ft of torque. The Touareg is also the better option for towing, with a maximum towing capacity of 7,716 lbs, compared to only 3,500 lbs. for the Grand Cherokee. Also, while only the higher grade Grand Cherokee models offer four-wheel-drive, all Touareg trims come the 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive system. This features a Torsen limited-slip differential that splits available torque 40 percent front and 60 percent rear for balanced driving both on and off road.
|2017 Volkswagen Touareg||VS||2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee|
|7,716 lbs.||Max. Towing Capacity||3,500 lbs.|
|Standard||Automatic Post-Collision Braking System||No|
|Standard||Intelligent Crash Response System||No|
The Touareg also offers greater peace of mind for safety, with a wide array of both active and passive safety features. It has a total of six airbags, including Side Curtain Protection head airbags for front and rear outboard occupants, front and thorax units for driver and front passengers, and a number of mechanical and electronic systems that work in tandem to help keep the Touareg stable. Also, depending on the trim, the Touareg offers a multitude of driver assistance features. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Assistant and Park Distance Control.
Another strength of the Touareg is its premium interior, with high-quality materials throughout. The cabin is illuminated with white LED overhead lighting, and chrome trim and wood accents lend a clean, luxurious feel. It is also is loaded with cutting-edge multimedia technology. Mounted in the center of the dash is the premium RNS 850 navigation system. The RNS 850 features an 8-inch touchscreen capable of displaying maps and directions in high-definition 3D graphics, and a DVD/CD player with MP3 playback and HD/AM/FM radio. Also, Touareg Executive models come with a 620-watt Dynaudio sound system with 10 premium speakers (four tweeters, two midrange and four woofers) and Digital Signal Processing technology.
If you live in Southern California and would like to get behind the wheel of the 2017 Touareg, then feel free to get in touch with us at Capistrano Volkswagen!