The Good Handling, power, and suspension all come together to make the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 V8 a very enjoyable ride, and its off-road gear makes it suitable for the back country. The back-up camera helps immensely for reverse maneuvering.
The Bad The Touareg 2 V8 suffers from poor gas mileage and probably the worst factory-installed navigation system we've seen. The only CD player is a changer in the cargo area.
The Bottom Line The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 V8 costs a lot to buy and a lot to run, but, while its cabin tech sucks, it drives extraordinarily well.
2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 V8 FSI
As we pulled the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 up a rocky slope for its photo shoot, we started thinking about taking the car through even more hostile terrain, such as out near Moab, or from San Francisco to Dakar. With the Touareg's four-wheel drive, lockable center differential, and adjustable ride height, it seems as if it can handle all obstacles, slopes, and surfaces. But we were restricted to paved roads during our time with the car, which we didn't really mind as the leather interior, comfortable ride, and modern exterior are perfectly at home in an urban environment.
Unfortunately, the urban environment also reveals one of the Touareg's major flaws, as fuel economy drops close to 10 mpg with our V-8 version. The cabin gadgets in the Touareg are also a major problem, as it has the worst factory-installed navigation unit we've seen. And, although the stereo sounds decent enough, its ridiculous configuration when the navigation system is present really doesn't improve matters.