Huh? VWs are not known to be very reliable. Especially Touaregs. Why no discussion of reliability?
I'm about to sell my beautiful 2009 A4 wagon with 75k miles. It's spent 20% of the last 6 months in the shop. Ended up getting the engine rebuilt. It still has an oil leak no one can find. Turns out 5% of A4s from that year have already had the engine rebuilt, according to Consumer Reports. Audi/VW consistently score low on reliability, and that certainly matches my experience.
So, as much as the VW sportwagen looks like a great and well-priced car, I will stay away. Looking hard at the Subarus and the Acura RDX/MDX instead.
We are in the "reliable" camp. Our Audis have been great. Currently have 2 A4s (09 sedan and 11 Avant) and previously an 06 sedan. But, have heard all the stories too so it seems to be hit or miss so I get the overall issue. FWIW VW/Audi are well know for oil consumption and it is stated right in the owner's manual that it can be some ridiculously high number like up to a litre per every 2000km (don't quote me). My guess is that of the 5% of engine rebuilds, most are caused by people never checking their oil and running them until the oil light comes on repeatedly, or ignoring th oil light altogether. Reminds me, I better check mine today....