Touareg SE 3.0 V6 TDI
new version of Volkswagens
Touareg is in the showrooms now
so early purchasers can buy one
before the price goes up in January
due to the increase in VAT...
THE ALL-NEW VERSION maintains all the virtues of space, comfort, refinement
and off-road and towing ability that have made it relatively popular in a conservative
sort of way. The latest Touareg benefits from lightweight construction and more
fuel-efficient engines and, for the first time, offers a hybrid variant. Prices
range from £38,255 to £56,530.
Despite being lower and thus appearing sleeker, the new Touareg is physically
larger than the previous model 40mm longer in wheelbase and overall length
it may be, but it weighs over 200kg less and is up to 20 per cent more fuel-efficient.
The drive for more efficiency is highlighted by the new 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel
and Hybrid petrol/electric models as well as the standard fitment of a new eight-speed
Expected to be the volume seller is the 3.0-litre 236bhp TDI that returns 38.2mpg
on the combined cycle while emitting 195g/km of CO2 to place it in VED band
J which is £425 for the first year and then £235 annually
yet-to-arrive Hybrid model can out-accelerate many hot hatches with a zero to
62mph time of 6.5 seconds through its combination of a supercharged 3.0-litre
V6 TSI petrol engine developing 328bhp and an electric motor generating 46bhp
resulting in a total output of 374bhp and 428lb ft of torque. The Hybrid is
also capable of returning 34.4mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 193g/km
new 4.2-litre TDI V8 engine producing 340PS and 590lb ft of torque completes
the range. For the record, a 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 201bhp will be offered early
brief test drive in
the 3.0-litre V6
turbodiesel with the
the all-new version
will be enjoyed in
All diesel Touaregs, apart from the V8, are badged as BlueMotion Technology
models and feature a number of economy-enhancing features including battery
regeneration (recuperation or energy recovery during braking phases) and a Stop/Start
Standard equipment on the Touareg across the four ranges SE, Altitude,
Escape and Hybrid is comprehensive. On the entry-level SE model, leather
trim, touchscreen satellite navigation with DAB radio, six airbags, burr walnut
interior trim, 2Zone climate control and 4MOTION four-wheel drive are all standard.
A choice of advanced new options is available including a driver's assistance
pack which incorporates a range of features such as Lane Assist, Side Scan and
Area View, as well as dynamic air suspension and air-conditioned seats.
A brief test drive in the best-selling Touareg SE 3.0-litre 236bhp V6 turbodiesel
with the eight-speed tiptronic auto transmission showed the all-new version
will be enjoyed in many ways. The extra interior space is most welcome; the
engine is strong and responsive; and the eight-speed auto 'box seamless in operation.
The 38.2mpg combined cycle fuel economy is another bonus. The smart new looks
are still conservative and that, too, is a plus feature given some of the brash
looking offerings in this sector. The latest generation Touaregs are easily
identified by the new, sharply-styled VW family 'face' they wear, pioneered
with the latest Golf and Polo passenger cars.
Where Volkswagen excels these days, in addition to fuel-miserly engines and
transmissions, is in their first class handling characteristics with fine lightweight
floorpans and well-sorted suspension settings which combine for sharp handling
but still with a comfortable ride. This model, priced at £38,255, will be the
pick of the bunch and it is a very decent, big and imposing SUV. David
Volkswagen Touareg SE 3.0 V6 TDI | £38,255
Maximum speed: 135mph | 0-62mph: 7.8 seconds | Overall MPG: 38.2mpg
Power: 236bhp | Torque: 406lb ft | CO2 195g/km