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Five Cool 2015 Volkswagen Touareg Interior Details

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/21/2014 Manufacturer, Zach Gale

Redesigned wheels and an updated grille (with four chrome bars!) aren't the stuff of automotive dreams, but on the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg, a few interior details make a positive first impression. And they'd better, as the newly refreshed SUV competes with more respected luxury nameplates in the $45,000 to $68,000 price range. While the five notable features below might not necessarily be unique to the 2015 Touareg or serve as a good reason to buy a new Volkswagen, considered together, they contribute toward the impression that the automaker isn't completely out of its element in the midsize luxury SUV segment.

Solid door pulls

2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Door Pull© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Door Pull The silver door pulls look great and feel solid no matter where you touch them. Since the 2015 Touareg doesn't wear a luxury badge, getting right this important detail was smart when this generation debuted.

Sunglasses-case-fitting storage

The 2015 Touareg doesn't offer a sunglasses holder near the map lights as many vehicles do, but a decent substitute is the storage area just above the center-stack screen. It'll even just barely fit a Maui Jim sunglasses case.

More sunglasses storage

2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Glove Compartment Sunglasses Holder© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Glove Compartment Sunglasses Holder Volkswagen has your front-seat passenger covered, too - Open the glove compartment and you'll find a storage area made to hold small sunglasses; a good feature if you and another passenger regularly make trips in one vehicle.

Neat map light design

2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Map Light© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Map Light Aside from two LED map lights between the driver and front passenger, the Touareg also has a slick rectangular black-and-white panel, as well. Again, nothing that's going to cause massive traffic at Volkswagen dealerships, but a good detail that's continued into the instrument cluster display's welcome screen (pictured at right). 2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Instrument Cluster Screen© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Instrument Cluster Screen

Awesomely useless info screen

2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Center Stack Info© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Center Stack Info Volkswagen stripped the current-generation Touareg of the heavy-duty four-wheel-drive system (with low range) that helped the first-gen model become the 2004 Motor Trend SUV of the Year, a change that may have brought the vehicle closer to what luxury SUV buyers today are actually looking for. Still, since the Touareg remains the most expensive Volkswagen you can purchase in the U.S. (for now), it has an awesomely useless info screen that displays a 360-degree compass, an altimeter that's constantly changing, and info on the angle of the front wheels at any given moment -- all details that might be better suited for a real, off-road focused vehicle.


That info screen is my favorite interior detail of the 2015 Touareg, but there are, of course, a few needs-improvement areas, too. While you'll have to wait for the Motor Trend review for the full story on the SUV (stay tuned), here are a few minor items that left me wanting more from the Volkswagen:

Cooled seats aren't available on any 2015 Touareg

2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior HVAC Controls© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior HVAC Controls Not exactly a good reason to instead spring for a loaded Acura MDX, but for some picky buyers, it could be a negative in the Volkswagen's "should I buy it?" column.

Center-screen placement

2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI The 8-inch screen in the center of the 2015 Touareg's dash is a good size, but we'd like it better if it were above the row of buttons that includes the passenger-seat airbag warning, heated steering wheel, and the multi-camera parking system. In a mild refresh such as this one, moving the hard points of the interior wasn't likely in the cards, but I'm always in favor of pushing the center-stack screen above other controls.

Blank buttons

2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Center Stack Buttons© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Executive Interior Center Stack Buttons Speaking of those buttons at the top of the center stack, most 2015 Touaregs will have at least two non-functional buttons sitting there as constant reminders to drivers of models under the loaded Executive trim (pictured here) that they skipped a few options possibly including the heated steering wheel and multi-camera parking system. For what it's worth to buyers who care about this sort of thing, Volkswagen is not the only automaker to have this issue.


And there you have it: A few extra details to look for if you're making your way to a Volkswagen dealership to drive the 2015 Touareg. The five-seat luxury SUV's relatively low sales could point to the low number of people willing to spend $50,000 or more on a Volkswagen-branded product or, perhaps, be considered a selling feature with its exclusivity.

What do you think? Would you consider a 2015 Volkswagen Touareg if you were shopping for a luxury SUV in the $45,000-$68,000 range?

2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
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