Volkswagen Touareg (2018–)

Last updated 16 August 2018

Lighter and more spacious than before. Lower running costs. Plug-in hybrid option. All wheel steering and active roll compensation make it easy to drive.
Brash and aggressive styling suits some; not others. Only marginally cheaper than an Audi Q7.
Updated 9 August 2018
Lower power 3.0 TDI added to range

The 3.0-litre V6 TDI unit has an output of 231PS and comes in Touareg SEL, Touareg R-Line and Touareg R-Line Tech trims. The 231PS engine delivers maximum power from 3250rpm to 4750rpm. Peak torque...

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Introduction

The third-generation Touareg is Volkswagen’s largest ever SUV, stretching almost five metres long and two metres wide. However, despite its stout dimensions, the new Touareg weighs 106kg less thanks to the use of lightweight aluminium which makes up 50 per cent of the car's construction.

The wider and longer body provides more interior room for passengers and luggage, with boot space increased from 697 to 810 litres with the rear bench up. The rear seats can also be retracted by 160mm, while the backrests can be titled back up to 21 degrees to allow even the largest of adults to stretch out and relax over a long trip.

Up front, the driver gets a digital dashboard, with the traditional instrument binnacle replaced with a 12-inch screen that can be customised to show maps, route directions and off-road driving settings. The steering wheel also gets touchpad controls for audio and maps, allowing the driver to make adjustments with a simple swipe of the thumb. 

The launch model debuts Volkswagen's next-gen infotainment, with high spec models getting a large 15-inch dash-mounted touchscreen with pinch and swipe controls to access DAB audio, four-zone air conditioning and seat massage functions. As with many vehicles in the Volkswagen range, full smartphone connectivity will be included, with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

All Touaregs will be capable of towing 3.5 tonnes when hooked to a braked trailer and the ball neck of the towing bracket will extend and retract from the vehicle floor at the push of a button. Optional all-wheel steering should also pave the way for an R-Line performance model, with improved high speed handling. Volkswagen's also promising limo-like comfort on the road, thanks to an all-new air suspension system that should iron out potholes and automatically lower the car by 40mm to make it easier to get things in and out of the boot. 

The Touareg has demonstrated its performance power and driving capabilities impressively in around one million units ever since the model series launched in 2002: on-road, off-road and on rally trails around the world. Highlights include wins in the Dakar Rally events in the years.

Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 diesel 2018 Road Test

 

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