Volkswagen Touareg tyres
Rather ironically, the Touareg’s understated looks and nature are one of the reasons it stands out among large 4×4 vehicles. Many rivals cannot match the Touareg for off-road ability, a key feature of cars in this class, not that you’d be able to tell that from its looks alone. Additionally, not being a brash-looking car has probably helped ensure the Touareg’s popularity. Being big and ostentatious was one of the things which made SUV and 4×4 vehicles so fashionable in the first place. Yet the Touareg was launched at a time when criticism of these cars, on social and environmental grounds, was at its zenith. Being understated would deflect a lot of that sentiment away from the Touareg, one of the reason for its sales success over the last decade.
Despite its size the Touareg has always offered sharp cornering ability and a comfortable ride on the open road and at speed. It may not have the seven-seat option available with its rivals but it undercuts that competition for price, value and running costs. Such a large vehicle will never be an eco-champion or Greenpeace’s company car but 40mpg is very competitive on a relative basis nonetheless. Additionally, Volkswagen has always ensured that even standard Touareg models feature a lot of equipment which is a costly extra on other cars.
If there’s one thorn in the Touareg’s side, it is to do with tyre wear. Being a big and heavy car that’s set up to handle more like a premium road car, and having a complicated 4wd system, it can be enormously demanding of its tyres. This wear takes place even more quickly on a car with larger wheels and lower-profile tyres. Even VW has admitted that faced with the stop-start demands of city driving, the Touareg might only manage 7,000 or 10,000 miles on one set of tyres – ouch! Additionally, a common problem with early Touareg models came from variations within the differential transfer box, which could cause uneven wear on one side of each of the rear tyres.
Some Touareg drivers have taken the decision to fit a cheaper tyre in response to this issue. Their logic was that since the car would wear any tyre, they might as well not throw good money after bad. Being a heavy car, the Touareg needs a tyre which has a high load rating and a reinforced construction – these are never the cheapest option on the rack. Cheaper or mid-range tyres can last well enough in the short term on the Touareg. However, as their mileage increases, their harder compound can mean that handling becomes compromised and the tyres get noisier and noisier.
Various Dunlop ranges are a common enough factory fitting for the Touareg, but anecdotal evidence suggests that they are among the worst offenders for quick tyre wear on this car. Continental’s CrossContact is another original equipment tyre type, but strangely these aren’t a popular choice for the Touareg with etyres’ customers.
In contrast, Goodyear’s Eagle F1 range and Bridgestone’s Dueler tyres have proved etyres’ best-selling lines for this car. Evidence suggests that they are the best tyres for a high mileage in a Touareg, with these the best-suited tyres for the demands of this heavy car. Additionally, Pirelli’s Scorpion range comes with favourable reviews. These tyres are designed for the demands of large 4×4 vehicles like the Touareg and wear more slowly than Pirelli’s P Zero range. General Tire Co Grabber tyres have proved a popular choice for those who rely on this car’s ability in an off-road environment.
Two slightly left-field but competitively-priced options to consider are Toyo’s Proxes tyres and Hankook’s Ventus range. Both are known to offer better than average levels of longevity on the Touareg with good levels of grip, too.