TRAVIS LANGNESS: I’m Edmunds editor, Travis Langness, and this is an expert rundown of the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg. The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg carries over essentially unchanged from the previous model year. And when it was first introduced almost a decade ago, this was a pretty borderline luxury vehicle. The fit and finish the interior is really nice, but the truth is the class of vehicles around it has become super impressive over its lifespan. And it’s looking less and less like a class leader. The Touareg still has a couple of great things going for it. It’s got a massive tow rating and maxes out at over 7,700 pounds, which is more than most mid-sized trucks can say. So that’s pretty impressive for the class. In the back there’s plenty of room in the second row.There’s not a third row available, that’s another ding against the Touareg. A lot of SUV’s in this class have an available third row, even if it’s cramped. And up front there’s a lot of likeable materials, there’s comfortable seats both in the front and the back seat. A lot of good comfort for adults. You can definitely fit four people in there. But the infotainment system is a little bit out of date. Even though it does come with some of the latest stuff like Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, the graphics certainly aren’t as appealing as some competitors.And neither are some of the buttons in the dash. They feel a little bit old. Bottom line with the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is that it’s got an impressive tow rating. It’s got decent interior space, and definitely a likeable interior. But we recommend taking a look at more modern competitors. Something like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Toyota Forerunner, or even the Dodge Durango. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe. .