Is the room and cargo space in a 2011-2012 Touareg sufficient for a family of 4 (2 young kids in car seats)?
I am looking to trade in a sedan and get a road trip car for the young fam (we have our first due in about a month). My wife drives a Tiguan and we love the lil' Tig-ster, but its one downside is its lack of SUV-esque cargo space.
She's not quite ready to drive a minivan, so we're really looking for an SUV that can last us through the early car seat years for 1-2 kids up until they start doing carpools and soccer practice (at which point she will bite the bullet and trade in the Tiguan for a Routan or similar). The Tig should be good for her around-town but we also need something that we can pack up for a long weekend with the in-laws. We also don't want something too big (want it to fit in our not-huge garage and don't want two huge boat-like vehicles once we have the minivan).
I am thinking that either a new Touareg or Grand Cherokee would be good midsize SUVs to get us up to the minivan stage - particularly since they both seem to have some nice luxury appointments without the badge (as a business owner with ever-watchful employees, a more modest badge is actually a positive for me). However, reading through the numbers it sounds like the Touareg has a bit less space than the competition. Is it still enough? I've looked at all the numbers (32.1 sq. ft vs the competition, etc.) but don't really know just how much space will be needed for kids. Maybe some folks who have gone through that stage (or who own a 2011-2012 Touareg and know its cargo capacity well) can help me out.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Does the Touareg have enough cargo space for a young family of 4? Is there anything else particularly family-friendly that makes the Touareg especially good as a family car? Thanks!