Watch An Old VW Touareg Go Head-To-Head Off-Road Against A New Jeep Grand Cherokee

Watch An Old VW Touareg Go Head-To-Head Off-Road Against A New Jeep Grand Cherokee

The first-generation Volkswagen Touareg is remarkably similar to the modern Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is why this recent off-road comparison by TFL Car is so fascinating. Watch the two machines—separated by 13 model-years—strut their stuff on the rocks. Here’s a video I’ve been meaning to share with readers. It’s from last week, but it’s a good one. Tommy from TFL Car—a man well-versed in the world of off-roading—took his 2004 VW Touareg off-road in Colorado, pitting the German SUV’s capabilities against those of a lightly modified 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. I find the video so fascinating because I remember when that first-generation Touareg first came out. All the car magazines were taking it on ridiculously tough off-road trails, highlighting its nearly one-foot of ground clearance, its impressive 33 degree approach and departure angles, and its nice 27 degree breakover angle. Somehow, a Bratislava, Slovakia-built German SUV ended up being an off-road monster. When equipped with the V10 diesel and air suspension, it was out-of-this world—a “moon shot,” as Tommy calls it in the video below. The clip is great because the Jeep Grand Cherokee is incredibly similar to the old Touareg. This wasn’t the case in the early 2000s when the Touareg debuted. Back in 2004, the first model year for the Touareg in the U.S., the Jeep Grand Cherokee looked like this: It was called the “WJ,” and while it made for a great off-road platform for mods, especially compared to ...
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