Volkswagen Touareg (2010–2018)
- January 2010: New Touareg revealed
- January 2013: Introduction of Touareg R-Line
- April 2014: Revised Touareg revealed
- August 2014: Revised Touareg prices announced
- May 2016: Touareg R-Line Plus launched
New Touareg revealed
Details of the new Touareg were revealed. 200kg lighter than the previous model and 20 per cent more efficient. The load area measures from 580 litres to 1642 litres depending on the seating arrangement and it is powered by a range of diesel V6 and V8 engines as well as the option of a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain. In Hybrid form, it's able to out accelerate many hot hatches yet still deliver 34 mpg.
VW Touareg wheel and tyre sizes:
17-inch with 235/65 R17 108V tyres
17-inch with 255/60 R17 106V tyres
18-inch with 255/55 R18 109V tyres
19-inch with 265/50 R19 110W tyres
20-inch with 275/45 R20 110W tyres
A choice of options are available including High Beam Assist that automatically dips the headlights when it senses oncoming traffic, Side Assist to warn of vehicles occupying blind spots, adaptive roll compensation air suspension and air conditioned, massaging seats.
The Touareg Hybrid brings together a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 333bhp and an electric motor generating 47bhp, resulting in a total output of 380bhp. The electric motor is linked to a disengagement clutch to allow it to operate independently of the combustion engine making the new Touareg a full hybrid. On electric power the new Touareg can travel at speeds of up to 30mph. The electric motor can supplement the V6 engine to provide a useful boost during overtaking manoeuvres and allows the Touareg Hybrid to accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 149mph.
The entry-level engine and likely volume seller is 3.0 V6 TDI engine generating 240bhp and 550Nm of torque while returning 38.1 mpg and emitting 195g/km of CO2.
The new 4.2-litre TDI V8 engine producing 340bhp and 800Nm of torque sits at the top of the new Touareg range. Despite its substantial power and torque outputs the new engine is still capable of achieving 31mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 239g/km of CO2.
The Escape model, available with the V6 TDI engine, features 4XMOTION which comprises reduction gearing, centre and rear differentials that can each be fully locked for off-road applications and five stage control for the four wheel drive system.
Introduction of Touareg R-Line
Based on the Touareg Altitude, the Touareg R-Line adds luxurious extra equipment and unique R-Line styling cues, together worth over £4,000, for a premium of just £750.
The Touareg R-Line sits on 20-inch ‘Tarragona’ alloy wheels with 275/45 R20 tyres with distinctive front and rear bumpers, added to by R-Line badges on the front wings. Standard bi-xenon headlights with dynamic curve lighting and LED daytime running lights give the R-Line driver a commanding view of the road, and are complemented by LED rear lights and number-plate lights.
Bespoke R-Line sill plates, standard full-length panoramic electric sliding glass sunroof. Also standard is keyless entry and start – provided the key is in the vehicle, the Touareg R-Line starts at the touch of a button – and an electrically powered tailgate.
Leather upholstery, a satellite navigation and audio system with eight-inch full-colour touchscreen, DAB, Bluetooth and MDI multi-device interface for iPods, 2Zone climate control, a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration, to help maximise fuel efficiency. The Touareg R-Line is available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox paired to a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with either 204 PS, for £44,025, or 245 PS, for £45,645 RRP OTR.
Revised Touareg revealed
The new Touareg comes with a new look front end similar to the latest Golf and 2014 Polo revamp. There is also a new rear diffuser between the twin tailpipes and LED rear foglights integrated in the bumper. New door mirror pods, a range of new wheel designs and new paint colours plus new colours for the standard leather upholstery.
All Touareg models now feature an automatic post-collision braking system, xenon headlights and a coasting function on the eight-speed automatic gearbox. This utilises the vehicle’s momentum when driving downhill or when acceleration is not needed to save fuel. It can be deactivated temporarily by simply tapping and releasing the brake pedal, or switched off through the vehicle’s systems.
The optional Automatic Distance Control has been enhanced. This uses a radar sensor to detect distance from the car in front, maintain a preselected speed and automatically brake or accelerate in traffic and now also includes a city emergency braking function, and can automatically pull away in stop-and-go traffic.
Revised Touareg prices announced
Prices for the new Touareg start at £43,000 (RRP OTR), rising to £47,500. Two engine choices are available – a 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 204 PS and a 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 262PS (previously 245PS). The 204PS engine now emits 173g/km of CO2, 11g/km less than before, putting it in a lower VED band than before.
On the outside, the new Touareg features revised bumpers and grilles, new alloy wheel designs, new colours and bi-xenon headlights as standard. Inside, the front seats now come with standard lumbar support, and there are two new optional wood trims – ‘Sapelli Mahogany’ and ‘Engineered Ebony’, while the optional Nappa leather upholstery in the R-Line model is now available in two-tone Flint Grey and Titan Black. An automatic post-collision braking system also becomes standard across the range.
Three trim levels are available. The range starts with the SE, which features a comprehensive specification including 19-inch ‘Salvador’ alloy wheels, RNS 850 satellite navigation with eight-inch touchscreen, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth, 2Zone climate control, ‘Cricket’ leather upholstery’, xenon headlights, front fog lights, parking sensors and chrome roof rails.
The Escape model features an advanced 4XMOTION off-road four-wheel drive system, with 50:50 torque split and centre and rear axle mechanical differential locks, higher off-road suspension, 18-inch ‘Karakum’ alloy wheels; 100-litre fuel tank (85 litres is standard on SE), underbody protection, black roof rails and a headlight cleaning system.
The top-of-the-range Touareg R-Line features an R-Line body kit with bespoke bumpers front and rear, sill extensions and wheel arch extensions, 20-inch ‘Tarragona’ alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension, LED daytime running lights and a panoramic glass sunroof. Inside is a black roof lining, bespoke R-Line seats and aluminium-look pedals, while enhanced equipment includes a heated steering wheel, electrically operated tailgate and keyless entry and start.
|Trim||Engine/transmission||Combined mpg||CO2 (g/km)||Price (£), RRP OTR|
|SE||3.0-litre 204 PS TDI 8-speed automatic||42.8||173||43,000|
|SE||3.0-litre 262 PS TDI 8-speed automatic||42.8||174||44,500|
|Escape||3.0-litre 262 PS TDI 8-speed automatic||40.9||180||44,700|
|R-Line||3.0-litre 204 PS TDI 8-speed automatic||42.8||173||46,000|
|R-Line||3.0-litre 262 PS TDI 8-speed automatic||42.8||174||47,500|
Touareg R-Line Plus launched
The Touareg R-Line Plus naturally uses the well-equipped R-Line as a starting point, and builds in valuable and stylish additions inside and out.
Externally, the five-seat SUV’s alloy wheels are upgraded from 20 inches to the striking 21-inch ‘Mallory’ design. Meanwhile, the R-Line Plus comes equipped with Volkswagen’s impressive Area View technology as standard. This utilises front, rear and side wide-angle cameras (mounted within the door mirrors) to provide a 360-degree bird’s-eye exterior view of the SUV that is displayed on the Touareg’s infotainment display screen.
Inside, the new Touareg features a generous roster of standard equipment. The centre console, dash and air vent surrounds are finished in stylish ‘Piano Black’, and the cabin features luxurious ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery. The front comfort seats are 14-way electronically adjustable, and the front head restraints include four-way adjustment.
The extra equipment has a value of £3255 if specified separately, but the premium over the Touareg R-Line is £1160.
|Volkswagen Touareg R-Line Plus|
|Engine||Gearbox||Power||CO 2 (g/km)||RRP|
|3.0-litre V6 TDI SCR||Eight-speed auto tiptronic||204||173||£48,095.00|
|3.0-litre V6 TDI SCR||Eight-speed auto tiptronic||262||174||£49,895.00|