VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG DIESEL ESTATE 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL 5dr Tip Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2214 g/km

DESERT DUELLER

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Volkswagen's much improved post-2014-era second generation Touareg is a large luxury SUV that's dynamically better than you expect it to be, both on road and off it. True, it can't offer more than five seats, but then neither can key rivals from this era like BMW's X5, Mercedes' GLE-Class, Jeep's Grand Cherokee, the Lexus RX or Porsche's Cayenne. If you're looking at one of those contenders in this segment, then this under-rated Touareg offers a very complete package with a used value proposition that could prove hard to resist.

Models

5dr large SUV (3.0 V6 TDI 204PS/262PS)

History

Large luxury SUVs tend to be more about style than substance. Here's one that's different, the much improved post-2014-era version of Volkswagen's second generation Touareg. If you're searching for a large, plush 4x4 of this kind, convention suggests that there are really only two main buying options. On one hand, it's possible to prioritise style and on-road driving dynamics with something like a BMW X5 or a Mercedes GLE-Class. Or, taking the opposite perspective, you might prefer to put off road capability first and get yourself something more capable but a little clunkier - say a Toyota Land Cruiser or a Jeep Grand Cherokee. But does it have to be like that? After all, few of us like to be pigeon-holed in our buying preferences and a contender in this class truly able to offer the best of both worlds ought to be very welcome. That's always been the appeal of this Touareg, striking as it does a very appealing compromise when it comes to looks, tarmac capability and off piste prowess. The first generation version of this car, launched back in 2003 and thoroughly updated in 2007, satisfied plenty of people and also formed the base for sister brand Porsche's hugely successful Cayenne model. This second generation Touareg, a car we first saw in 2010, also shared its underpinnings and mechanicals with the Cayenne but initially attracted much less of a following, despite being lighter, sleeker and better equipped than its predecessor. So in the Summer of 2014, Volkswagen introduced the much improved MK2 model Touareg we're looking at here as a potential used buy, a car that claimed to be safer, smarter and more efficient.

What You Get

At its original launch in 2010, one of the most impressive things about this second generation Touareg was the way that its designers managed to make what was a significantly bigger car look significantly smaller. This improved second generation Touareg design stayed on-message with this current trend, a leaner and slightly more cohesive look disguising the fact that it was actually a little longer and wider than before, 6mm longer and 68mm wider. It's still got an imposing kerbside presence though, thanks primarily to a redesigned front end featuring larger Bi-xenon headlamps that flank a deeper, more stylish chromed radiator grille with four rather than just two horizontal fins. Compared to the original MK2 model, there's a re-profiled bumper too. Inside the boot, there's 580-litres of luggage space on offer, more than you get in a rival Lexus RX. It makes it all the more surprising that the designers of this Touareg chose not to offer the extra fold-out third seating row you'd get in direct competitors like Audi's Q7, Volvo's XC90 and the Range Rover Sport. Perhaps the Touareg development team were concerned that adding such a feature might compromise the room available for rear seat folk. There's plenty of space for heads, legs and knees, particularly if you take advantage of the fact that the seats recline for greater comfort on longer journeys. And use the facility to prioritise either leg or luggage room by sliding the rear chairs back and forth. Up front, though there's the usual commanding SUV driving position, though it doesn't deliver quite the all-round vision you'd get in, say, a Range Rover or a Land Rover Discovery because this Touareg's window level is that little bit higher. As previously in this car, there are supportive six-way-adjustable heated leather seats with lumbar support that position you perfectly in front of a thick three-spoke leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel that of course you can tailor for both reach and rake. The centre of the dash is, as you'd expect in this class of car, dominated by a large infotainment touchscreen. All the usual accoutrements then, of 21st century motoring.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

The Touareg hasn't earned a faultless reputation for reliability, with Volkswagen's warranty department paying out for brakes and fuel system claims. Market research firm J.D. Power, meanwhile, gave the 2012 version of the Touareg an "about-average" grade for overall quality, and "worse-than-average" grade for predicted reliability. Our ownership survey revealed a few issues. Propshaft failure is common at around every 70,000 miles. Make sure the propshaft bearings have been replaced on higher mileage examples and this will prevent premature failure. Also the auto gearbox is sometimes prone to failure. Check for smooth sifting from 4th to 5th and back down for signs of wear. Although the build quality is great, some of the dashboard plastic are a little less premium compared to other premium SUV products, so check that all switches and intricate bits operate properly. The Touareg owners forum site - www.mytreg.com - will help with further info.

Replacement Parts

(approx - based on a 2015 Touareg V6 TDI 262PS ex VAT) An oil filter will sit in the £10-£25 bracket, an air filter in the £13-£15 bracket and a fuel filter in the £24-£30 bracket. A radiator will be about £148 and wiper blades will probably cost between £10-£13. A pair of front brake discs are around £62-£118, though pricier brands can cost in the £150-£268 bracket. A pair of rear brake discs are around £70-£115. A pair of front brake pads is around £30-£92, though pricier brands can cost in the £174-£235 bracket. A pair of rear brake pads is around £24-£44, though pricier brands can cost in the £64-£86 bracket.

On the Road

You tend to approach a drive in a two-tonne luxury SUV with certain preconceptions - two in particular. There'll be a luxuriously commanding high-set driving position - which is certainly the case here. And the car will be heavy and ponderous when it comes to twisty roads - which is where this Volkswagen has a few surprises in store. No, it's not BMW X5-like in its ability to iron out the bends on a twisty B road but it's far more capable on the tarmac than you'd ever expect a vehicle to be that can handle wilderness trails the Bavarian model couldn't even think about attempting. All Touaregs from this era get 3.0 V6 TDI power, this diesel unit solely matched to permanent 4WD and an old-school eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox. This engine comes in two states of tune: there's an entry-level 204PS version with 450Nm of torque that manages 62mph from rest in 8.7s on the way to 128mph. And the powerplant over 80% of buyers here chose, the 262PS unit with a thumping 580Nm of torque. Whatever Touareg you choose, the ground clearance and climbing ability you get can be dramatically improved if you get a car whose original owner specified the optional air suspension system. This gives you a selectable, higher 'Raised' mode that can set your Touareg as much as 286mm off the deck. For most, the straightforward '4MOTION' 4WD system you get on the standard models will be more than sufficient for the slippery stuff. With this, once you're off the beaten track, you simply twist a rotary dial by the gearstick into the designated 'Off Road' setting. This tunes the ABS braking, the EDS differential and the ASR anti-slip regulation traction control for 'off piste' duty, while at the same time activating Hill Descent Assist and adjusting the automatic gearbox change points.

Overall

As long as you don't need seven-seats in your large used luxury SUV from the 2014 to 2017 era, this improved second generation Volkswagen Touareg is hard option to ignore if you're looking for an appealing balance between style, speed and 'SUV'-ness, with reasonable pricing and running costs that suggest more modest means. True, it doesn't have the brand cachet of some of its illustrious rivals - but perhaps that's no bad thing. For this car's loyal band of buyers, the Touareg's unpretentious approach is, after all, one of its biggest draws. It's a pity though, that so few of them know exactly how capable it is in the rough stuff. As for the updates made to this improved second generation model - the greater efficiency, the extra safety, the new technology and the smarter look - well all of it was welcome and usefully enhanced this Volkswagen's appeal in its class. Your choice in this segment can be both quick and capable. And pretty stylish too - on any terrain. Try this car - and you'll understand how.

  • Rain sensor
  • Rear wiper
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows

  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic Differential Lock
  • Hill descent control
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake Assist
  • Hill start assist
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • ESC with ASR

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • MirrorLink
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
  • Voice control system
  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Multifunction camera with lane assist
  • Driver alert system
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Drive select with Damper control

  • Dusk sensor
  • eCall emergency system
  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking
  • One touch indicators with repeat function

  • Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
  • Car information display
  • Dynamic road sign display camera controlled system with visual warning for traffic and road signs
  • 2D/3D map view
  • Multifunction computer premium with 7" colour display
  • Audible and visual fatigue detection system
  • Service interval indicator
  • Instrument cluster

  • Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electrically power adjustable, heated, folding, auto dimming, front passenger exterior door mirror lowering function

  • Matte black centre console with silver decorative inserts
  • Cortina silver matt decorative inlays in dash and doors

  • Multi device interface (MDI) with illuminated USB-C connection
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
  • Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • Title and cover art display
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Volkswagen media control
  • Gesture control for infotainment system
  • SD card slot

  • Stainless steel door sill protection
  • Black rear diffuser
  • Gloss black finish B pillar
  • Chrome trimmed radiator grille and air intake
  • Chrome protective strip on door sill
  • Chrome trimmed side windows
  • Body colour door handles
  • Galvanised body
  • Chromed tailpipe on the left and right integrated in the bumper with trapezoid design
  • Body colour bumpers with black lower parts
  • Plastic scuff plates in door apertures

  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • Poor weather light
  • LED rear fog light
  • Adaptive low beam for urban and motorway use
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Puddle lights
  • LED rear number plate lights

  • B pillar vents

  • Folding rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Load through provision
  • Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Leatherette door trim
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Stainless steel load sill protection
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Front centre armrest with storage box
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • 2 Coat hooks on B pillar
  • Chrome trimmed lower edge of door extending sills
  • 12V socket in front and rear centre console and boot
  • Luggage compartment with load lashing rings
  • Branded points of interest
  • Leather trimmed gear knob with gloss black inlay/aluminum trim
  • Plastic loading edge protection

  • LED luggage compartment lighting

  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Active bonnet
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Two tone horn
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • 3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners
  • 2 way adjustable driver and front passenger safety optimised head restraints

  • 40:20:40 split folding slide/recline rear seat
  • 2 way lumbar support for front seats and manual adjustable in front seat backrests
  • Rear seat remote release levers
  • Front headrests
  • Isofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
  • 3 rear head restraints

  • Remote central locking
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Alarm with interior monitoring in cab, backup horn and towing protection
  • Child security locks for front and rear doors

  • Torsen limited slip differential

  • Double sun visor for drivier and passenger with LED illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 173
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.233
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.065
  • HC+NOx: 0.092
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 285
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 213
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 218
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 214
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 214

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 91.4
  • CC: 2967
  • Engine Code: DENA

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.6
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 36.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 47.9
  • EC Combined (mpg): 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 32.8

  • Coin Series: SEL
  • Coin Description: TDI 4Motion
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 89
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 81
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 286
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 41E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 61.2
  • Engine Power - KW: 210
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 443
  • Engine Torque - NM: 600
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2250
  • Engine Power - BHP: 286
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.1
  • Top Speed: 146

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: OSRONO
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 255/55 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2193
  • Height: 1702
  • Height (including roof rails): 1740
  • Length: 4878
  • Width: 1984
  • Wheelbase: 2904

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1995
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2850
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 810
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 855
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1800
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.2

  • Heat insulating glass in windshield: Included
  • Laminated safety privacy glass: £810
  • Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx. 80% tinted: £295
  • Heated laminated windscreen with acoustic noise reduction: £345

  • Air suspension and rear axle steering: £2,395
  • Air suspension: £1,705

  • Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors: Included
  • Night vision: £1,535
  • Park assist with rear view camera: £560
  • Side scan blind spot detection: £495
  • Driver Mode Selection with four preset modes - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes: Included

  • Electric tailgate with power cover: £600
  • Power latching doors: £510
  • Fully electric tailgate + keyless entry and start: £1,235
  • Garage door opener: £175
  • Remote tailgate release: Included

  • Head up Display: £1,090
  • 9.2" colour touch screen: Included
  • Discover navigation pro infotainment system: Included

  • Light coloured interior rear view mirror: Included

  • 24 litre AdBlue tank: Included
  • 90 litre fuel tank: £105
  • 75 litre fuel tank: Included

  • 8 speakers (4 front, 4 rear): Included

  • Electric front tilt/slide panoramic sunroof and fixed rear sunroof: £1,275
  • Special solid paint: £400
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £885
  • Signature premium paint: £1,815
  • Silver anodised roof rails: £95
  • Ultra metallic paint: £1,215
  • Black anodised roof rails: Included

  • IQ.Light-LED matrix headlight,daytime running light with dynamic cornering light and indicator: £1,755
  • LED Indicators: Included
  • Headlight washers: £185
  • LED cornering headlights: Included
  • Full LED headlights and LED tail lights: Included
  • LED daytime running lights: Included
  • High beam assist: £135

  • 4 zone climate control: £890
  • 2 Zone electronic climate control with automatic air recirculation: Included

  • Sunblind for rear side windows: £185
  • Vienna leather upholstery: Included
  • Mistral headliner: Included
  • Heated steering wheel including paddle shift, multi function and leather trimmed: £235
  • Luggage management system: £255
  • Soul black headlining: £285
  • Reversible boot floor with luggage management system: £345
  • Net Partition and luggage compartment mat and net: £255
  • Net Partition and luggage compartment mat and net with rear seats release: £345
  • Vienna leather upholstery + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats: £1,180
  • Savona leather upholstery + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats: £1,810
  • 3 spoke leather multi-function steering wheel including paddle shifts with touch control: Included

  • Ambient lighting: Included

  • Memory pack - Touareg: £115
  • Memory pack plus - Touareg: £560
  • Smoking Pack - Touareg: £55
  • Off road pack - Touareg: £550
  • Professional chassis pack - Touareg: £4,950
  • Driver assistance plus pack 2 with side scan lane assist - Touareg: £1,000
  • Dynaudio confidence high end audio system - Touareg: £1,250
  • Innovision cockpit pack - Touareg: £3,700
  • Ambient Light Pack Coloured - Touareg: £355

  • Metallic - Antimonial silver: £885
  • Metallic - Deep black pearl: £885
  • Metallic - Silicon grey: £885
  • Metallic - Tamarind brown: £885
  • Metallic - Sechura Beige: £885
  • Metallic - Reef blue: £885
  • Metallic - Moonlight Blue: £885

  • Solid - Pure white: £0

  • Signature premium - Oryx white pearl: £1,815
  • Ultra metallic - Malbec red: £1,215
  • Ultra metallic - Aquamarine blue: £1,215

  • Tyre pressure loss indicator: Included
  • Electronic tyre pressure monitoring: £175

  • Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment: Included
  • Heated front and rear seats: £255
  • Heated front seats: Included
  • Climate front seats with massage function: £1,060
  • Active climate seats in front: £660

  • Keyless entry and start with safelock: £710
  • Keyless Start: Included

  • Power folding towbar with Trailer assist: £1,130

  • Savona leather - Mistral/Grey + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats: £1,810
  • Savona leather - Soul + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats: £1,810
  • Vienna leather - Soul: £0
  • Vienna leather - Soul + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats: £1,180
  • Vienna leather - Mistral/Grigio + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats: £1,180

  • 21" Suzuka dark graphite diamond turned alloy wheels: £1,870
  • 19" Osorno alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 19" Tirano diamond turned alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts: £255
  • 20" Montero silver alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts: £1,010

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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