Towing my race car with it is an absolute breeze. Thanks to its 3,500kg towing capacity, air suspension and sway assist, one can tow with great confidence. The physical weight of the Touareg is significant as well. It’s a heavy car for its size, but it’s due to the over-engineering that is employed and the high level of build quality. It features permanent four-wheel drive and has a centre diff-lock as well. My fuel consumption measured via a logbook over the course of ownership is averaging 12l/100km.
In the time I’ve owned it, almost four years and just shy of 80,000km (it’s on 311,000km), the maintenance and repair work done has been minimal for a car with so many kilometres. I service it myself every 15,000km. It takes nine litres of a specific VW specced oil, so it’s a bit pricier than a normal car.
The aircon compressor pump seized at 292,000km, and I replaced the air suspension’s compressor pump’s head and piston ring at the same time as preventative maintenance. The starter failed at 302,000km, and I had all the drivetrain fluids done then as well – gearbox, transfer case and diffs. Those have been the only repairs thus far, although I do need to look at the suspension bushes and I suspect one of the air suspension’s bags has a small leak. All repair work is carried out by an expert mechanic.