Seems a number of members own both Touaregs and Cayennes.
I'd appreciate some input on why one versus the other...
I'm currently driving a '99 A6 wagon with 200K miles on it. Nicely modified -- sport interior, suspension, 996 brakes, RNS-E nav. The car is in great shape and I love it...but it's getting a bit long in the tooth and I'm getting the itch for something new(er). I've owned other Audis and a couple of Range Rovers.
It's my daily driver in the winter. I have a modified '01 A4 wagon that sees some autocross and track time, also is my summer DD. At some point, after the second child is out of college (she's a freshman now), that may be replaced by a 996 or Cayman.
I'm looking for a replacement vehicle that is at least as large as the A6. I'd like better fuel economy, but that's a negotiable item.
I drove an '08 Toureg TDI this week. Immaculate car. Steel suspension. I didn't like it.
Sitting in it, it just didn't feel like a driver's car. Suspension was just okay. Motor pulled nicely.
This was a white car with a light interior and I do react strongly to interior colors. Both my Audis have black leather interiors.
I need to drive my buddy's '04 V8 with air to see how his handles. He's pretty happy with it.
My other options, so far, seem to be an '08 or thereabouts Cayenne V6 or V8. Seems the V8 doesn't give up much fuel economy to the six. Also in the mix are the Audi Q5 and an '08 or '09 A6 wagon...or even maybe a late model A4 wagon.
Sportiness is important...
This car will take over daily driver duties. A mix of short and longer road trips (3-4 hours) with 1-4 people in the car. We just drove the A6 to Florida and back over the holidays...but that may happen only infrequently.
I don't currently have anything to tow, but that other car may turn into a bit of a track rat...and I've been thinking about a small sailboat for a long time...
Offroading capability is a plus, which is why I'm looking at the T2 Toureg. My Rovers got muddy occasionally. Not sure this new vehicle ever will, but it's a nice option to have.
All of these run in the $25-$40K price range, and doing something this tax year will save a bundle on the Touareg or Cayenne purchase (due to accelerated depreciation). The law, by the way, is changing at the end of this year. Q5 and the car purchases have less of a tax benefit.
I'd appreciate input from folks that have gone through similar evaluations, and in particular, commentary on the Touareg/Cayenne trade-offs.
Sorry for the ramble...again, thoughts appreciated.