When the aboriginal Volkswagen Touareg accustomed all the way aback in 2003, it was one of a almost new brand of SUVs. Prior to that, MPVs had reigned supreme, but it was anon bright that high-riding, adequate models like the Touareg would anon become the go-to advantage for those who capital a added advantageous appearance of the alley advanced as able-bodied as the amplitude and acumen adapted by families.
Fast advanced to the present day and it’s bright that the SUV articulation is added accepted than ever. The Touareg isn’t one of a few in this articulation anymore, either, with affluence of rivals now actuality to argue with. Let’s acquisition out how it compares.
Placed as Volkswagen’s flagship SUV, the Touareg has been adored with all of the accretion and whistles you could possibly want. Admitting launched aback in 2018, it’s been kept up to date acknowledgment to a aciculate agenda cockpit, a ample axial awning and an accent on disciplinarian comfort. Whereas added models try and put a focus on performance, the Touareg is an SUV that has been advised to be capable, cosseting and practical.
It’s additionally arranged with disciplinarian abetment systems to ensure that both occupants and pedestrians are kept as safe as possible, while new failing abstracts aim to advance ability too.
The SEL Tech trim activated actuality was added to the ambit aftermost winter, forth with an entry-level SE blueprint and a Black Edition trim for the R-Line model. Overall, the Volkswagen Touareg holds a accepted Expert Appraisement of 73% on The Car Expert’s altered Expert Appraisement index, based on 22 altered UK reviews. That puts it able-bodied abaft hardly added big-ticket cars like the Audi Q7 and BMW X5, but advanced of the Lexus RX and Maserati Levante.
Against the accepted crop of SUVs, the Touareg’s refined, rather chaste architecture is actually absolutely refreshing. It doesn’t bark about its own existence, but alone gets the action of architecture done in rather chic fashion.
We’ll accept that the huge chrome grille up advanced is adamantine to miss, but the accomplished attending of the car is accomplished afterwards too abundant flamboyance. If you appetite an SUV which doesn’t bark too adamantine about actuality an SUV, again the Touareg is the car for you.
‘Our’ analysis car came in SEL Tech blueprint which brings a accomplished host of accepted accessories for its £52,055 admission price. For that, you get a 15-inch axial infotainment affectation bolstered by a 12-inch customisable disciplinarian affectation in the amplitude you’d apprehend to acquisition the accepted dials. Apple CarPay and Android Auto are both included too, so you can accomplish the best of that huge affectation by abutting your smartphone and apery its functions there.
Our analysis car additionally came with a scattering of options that helped to bang its bulk up to £59,010. These included the above air abeyance as able-bodied as a ability folding tow bar (£1,130), a abounding disciplinarian abetment amalgamation with appearance such as emergency assist, advanced cantankerous cartage abettor and cartage jam abetment (£1,000) and aquamarine dejected ultra brownish acrylic (£1,215).
Though the options do advice to bolster the all-embracing package, the akin of accepted accessories offered with the Touareg is so absolute that there’s actually little charge to go abreast the options account unless you actually charge to.
Safety-wise, the Volkswagen Touareg was awarded a best assurance appraisement from Euro NCAP in 2018, with a actual solid set of array in all four categories (adult protection, adolescent protection, veulnerable alley user aegis and blast avoidance).
The Touareg has been advised with acumen in mind, which is why its berth is ample and ample with affluence of amplitude for bristles to sit comfortably. The advanced seats are able-bodied accurate afterwards actuality ever close while there’s a acceptable bulk of amplitude for those sitting in the back, too. Of course, accustomed the car’s ample accommodation there’s affluence of headroom, so alike taller drivers and cartage will be able to get comfortable.
The seats-up cossack amplitude is huge at 810 litres, while this can be continued up to 1,800 litres by folding the seats down. In short, if you charge added amplitude you’re apparently bigger off opting for a van. It’s aboveboard and accessible to admission too and admitting a almost aerial bulk height, there’s no lip so agreement beyond items into the aback shouldn’t prove too taxing.
The Touareg uses a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 agent which brings able-bodied and torquey achievement befitting a car of this type. There’s 231hp on tap, while a advantageous 500Nm will be a acceptable bulk to those who plan on application their Touareg for towing. Ability is beatific to all four auto through an eight-speed automated gearbox, and Volkswagen says it’ll booty aloof over seven abnormal for the Touareg to hit 60mph from a asleep stop. All in, it’ll do 135mph.
When it comes to efficiency, the Touareg is appealing abundant on par for the segment. Combined it should acknowledgment 34.6mpg, while CO2 emissions sit at 214g/km. It’s additionally arranged with off-road tech, with abiding four-wheel-drive bolstered by a self-locking axial cogwheel with switchable off-road active programmes advised to ensure that actual little stops the Touareg from activity forwards.
It’s accessible to get set up in the active bench of the Touareg. There’s affluence of adaptability with the bench and caster and already you’re comfy, there’s a abundant appearance out of the alley advanced acknowledgment to that aloft ride height. The actual SUV box is ticked, then.
Out on the road, it’s quiet and adequate while the alternative air abeyance on our analysis car (an added £1,705) brings a awe-inspiring akin of ride affection that is adamantine to accomplish with accepted animate springs. It additionally agency that, should you appetite to, you can close the ride up for back added corners appear into sight.
But admitting the agent is befuddled and gives the Touareg a lot added achievement than the abstracts ability suggest, this isn’t a car you’ll be absent to booty through the bends. In fairness, this isn’t a car pitched as a lap-time breaker, so we can cut it a fair bulk of baggy for not tracking through corners with racecar precision.
The Volkswagen Touareg ability represent somewhat of an old bouncer of SUVs, but it’s still a affably ample best in the segment. It’s comfortable, applied and well-styled while additionally actuality awfully comfortable inside.
It ability not feel like the cutting-edge of SUVs, but if you’re afterwards a ample car with amplitude for every aftereffect and a torquey agent agent able of affairs you out of all situations, again the Touareg charcoal an admirable choice.
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Model as tested: Volkswagen Touareg SEL TechPrice (as tested): £59,010Engine: 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 dieselGearbox: Eight-speed automatic
Power: 231 hpTorque: 500 NmMax speed: 135 mph0-60mph: 7.2 seconds