Volkswagen Touareg (2018–)

Model History

June 2018

Volkswagen Touareg goes on sale in the UK

Debuting with V6 turbocharged engines the Touareg comes with an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

In the UK, the car will initially be offered with a 286PS 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel unit or, from the autumn, a 231PS version of the same engine. A 340PS 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine joins in 2019.

In addition there is a plug-in hybrid drive with a system power of 367PS.

With a torque peak of up to 600 Nm, the 286 PS 3.0 V6 TDI also showcases the new Touareg’s extensive towing capacity. Capable of hauling braked trailer weights of up to 3.5 tonnes, the new car also boasts the latest iteration of Volkswagen’s handy Trailer Assist technology to facilitate simple slow-speed manoeuvring.

The 3.0 V6 TDI with 286 PS (2,967 cc) generates its punchy torque peak of 600 Nm from only 2250 rpm, and offers 42.8 mpg on the combined cycle. 0-62 mph takes 6.1 seconds.

The new third generation Touareg is equipped with permanent all-wheel drive (4MOTION) mated to an eight-gear automatic Tiptronic gearbox with ‘shift by wire’ functionality.

A centre differential lock with asymmetric dynamic torque distribution acts as a transfer box for the flow of forces between the front and rear axle. A maximum of 70 per cent of the drive force reaches the front axle and up to 80 per cent can be sent to the rear axle.

Offered here in three comprehensively specified trims: SEL, R-Line and new R-Line Tech, the five-seat Touareg sits on the Volkswagen Group’s modular longitudinal matrix (MLB).

Wider and longer than before, the luxurious new SUV’s dimensions are 4,878 mm long (+77 mm); 2,193 mm wide (including wing mirrors, +44 mm) and 1,702 mm high (-7 mm). Together these create significantly more dynamic proportions and, allied to all-new styling, endow the Touareg with an imposing yet lithe style.

The five-door, five-seat Touareg offers a 1,051 mm load length and maximum load capacity of 810 litres (seats up) or 1,800 litres (seats down). Kerb weight is 2,070 kg for the launch car.

One of the many technical innovations in the new Touareg is the option of the Innovision Cockpit. The 12-inch digital instrument cluster – Active Info Display – merges with the 15-inch TFT touchscreen of the new Discover Premium infotainment system to form a new digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit.

The car’s flexibility is demonstrated by the flexible rear seat system. The position of the rear seats can be shifted by 160 mm fore/aft to create more space in the rear if required. Meanwhile the angle adjustment of the rear seat backrests is also variable in three stages, and by up to 21 degrees.

Model

Engine

Gearbox

Drive

RRP OTR

Touareg
SEL

3.0 V6 TDI SCR 286 PS

8-spd auto tiptronic

4MOTION

£51,595.00

Touareg
R-Line

3.0 V6 TDI SCR 286 PS

8-spd auto tiptronic

4MOTION

£55,095.00

Touareg
R-Line Tech

3.0 V6 TDI SCR 286 PS

8-spd auto tiptronic

4MOTION

£58,195.00

August 2018

Lower power 3.0 TDI added to range

The 3.0-litre 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 is 500Nm from 1750rpm and the new engine maintains the same CO2 figure (173g/km) and the same towing capacity (3500kg) as the 286PS unit.

All Touaregs are equipped with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox and all feature 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a limited slip differential.

Model

Engine

Gearbox

CO₂ g/km

Price

Touareg SEL

3.0 V6 TDI 231 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 48,995

Touareg SEL

3.0 V6 TDI 286 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 51,595

Touareg R-Line

3.0 V6 TDI 231 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 52,495

Touareg R-Line

3.0 V6 TDI 286 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 55,095

Touareg R-Line Tech

3.0 V6 TDI 231 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 55,595

Touareg R-Line Tech

3.0 V6 TDI 286 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 58,195

March 2019

340PS petrol V6 added to Touareg range

Range-topping 3.0-litre V6 produces 340PS and 450Nm, taking Touareg to 62mph in 5.9 seconds. Prices start £49,095 with deliveries expected from April.

September 2019

Volkswagen Touareg 3.0-litre V6 TDI 286 PS R-Line Tech with folding towbar won Caravan and Motorhome Club’s annual Towcar of the Year Award in the ‘Caravan Weight over 1,700 kg’ category: the heaviest category in contention. The judging panel praised the Touareg’s smooth and powerful diesel engine, labelling it “nothing short of outstanding”, while further applauding the SUV’s stability when towing.

October 2019

Updates for 2020 Volkswagen Touareg

The Touareg gains Volkswagen’s new Park Assist Professional system, which combines Area View with Park Assist for the easiest assisted parking experience anywhere in the Volkswagen range. A new optional Air suspension with automatic self-levelling suspension, height adjustment and electronic shock absorption control will also be offered on all trim levels of the Touareg.

December 2019

New trim levels for Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen has expanded the line-up for its Touareg SUV, adding entry-level, mid-range and high-end specifications with a focus on technology to double the number of available variants on offer.

The Touareg is now additionally available in SEL Tech and Black Edition trims – both new to the third-generation model – with a focus on technology, and the Black Edition also focusing on design. An entry-level SE trim is also now open for order, taking the starting price for the luxury SUV down to £45,445.

Entry-level SE trim sits beneath SEL trim in the Touareg range. The new start point for Touareg ownership gets 19-inch Osorno alloys, a Discover Pro 9.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Gesture Control and integrated voice control, front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control amongst its standard equipment. For the SE, most of the SEL’s standard-fit equipment has been kept, with luxury fittings like leather upholstery being reserved for the higher-end models to enhance the value of the entry-level car. The 231PS and 286PS 3.0-litre V6 TDI engines are available on this trim.

Mid-range SEL Tech trim builds upon the popular SEL, boosting the technology on offer by adding Volkswagen’s acclaimed Innovision Cockpit system, with 15” integrated control panel and 12.3-inch digital cockpit, an electric tailgate with electric opening and power latching. Identifiable by 19-inch Tirano alloy wheels, the SEL Tech also benefits from heat insulating, 80% tinted glass from the B-pillar backwards. This trim starts at £50,995 and is available with both diesel engines, as well as the powerful 340PS, 3.0-litre V6 TFSI unit. The R-Line, R-Line Tech and Black Edition also share this engine range.

Topping out the Touareg range is the Black Edition, priced at £58,745 in 231PS 3.0-litre V6 TDI guise. This car builds upon the R-Line Tech trim, adding a black finish to the 21-inch Suzuka alloy wheels, as well as an assortment of black trim pieces to the car’s exterior, including the radiator grille, roof rails, mirror housings, side window trims, and air intake fins.

The Black Edition features a panoramic sunroof and IQ Light matrix beam headlights as standard. As individual options, these would cost £1,260 and £1,420 respectively. The Touareg’s air suspension with automatic self-levelling function is also standard on the Black Edition, while an Easy Open function for the tailgate, and Park Assist package with Area View, further add to its technology arsenal for the Black Edition.

February 2020

Volkswagen Touareg R announced

High-performance SUV uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain combining a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine with an electric motor to produce 462PS and 700Nm of torque.

Highlights include the Black Style exterior design package with 20-inch alloy wheels and R-Line interior trim.

UK prices and specifications will be confirmed ahead of the Touareg R going on sale later this year.

What does a Volkswagen Touareg (2018) cost?

List Price from £60,915
Buy new from £52,131
Contract hire from £368.40 per month