VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG DIESEL ESTATE 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion R Line Tech 5dr Tip Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2217 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

  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Silver wave design aluminium decorative inlays
  • High gloss black centre console

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

  • Silver anodised roof rails
  • Galvanised body
  • Plastic scuff plates in door apertures
  • Chromed tailpipe on the left and right integrated in the bumper with trapezoid design
  • Stainless steel door sill protectors with R-line logo
  • C signature gloss black front air intake
  • Gloss black rear diffuser
  • Gloss black finish B pillar
  • Body coloured wheel arches
  • Chrome trimmed radiator grille and air intake
  • Chrome trimmed side windows
  • Body colour door handles

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

  • 4 zone climate control
  • B pillar vents

  • Load through provision
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Folding rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Front centre armrest with storage box
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • R Line badge
  • Electric luggage compartment cover
  • Soul black headlining
  • Leatherette door trim
  • Luggage compartment with load lashing rings
  • 12V socket in front and rear centre console and boot
  • Branded points of interest
  • Plastic loading edge protection
  • Leather trimmed gear knob with gloss black inlay/aluminum trim
  • 2 Coat hooks on B pillar
  • 3 spoke sport heated leather multi-function sports steering wheel with gear shift paddles - generation 2

  • LED luggage compartment lighting

  • Innovision cockpit pack - Touareg
  • R line styling pack - Touareg

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

  • Isofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints
  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 40:20:40 split folding slide/recline rear seat
  • Front seats with R-line logo on seat backrest
  • Rear seat remote release levers

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

  • 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: 284
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 216
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 185
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 222
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 217
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 217

  • 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: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.3
  • 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: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 32.8

  • Coin Series: R-Line Tech
  • 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: 42E
  • 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: NEVADA
  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/45 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 285/45 R20

  • 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: £520
  • Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx. 80% tinted: Included
  • Heated laminated windscreen with acoustic noise reduction: £345

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

  • Park assist with area view camera: £115
  • Night vision: £1,535
  • Side scan blind spot detection: £495
  • Park assist with rear view camera: Included
  • Driver Mode Selection with four preset modes - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes: Included

  • Fully electric tailgate + keyless entry and start: £110
  • Electric tailgate with power cover: Included
  • Power latching doors: £510
  • Garage door opener: £175

  • Head up Display: £1,090

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

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

  • Electric front tilt/slide panoramic sunroof and fixed rear sunroof: £1,275
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £885
  • Ultra metallic paint: £1,215
  • Signature premium paint: £1,815

  • LED Indicators: Included
  • LED cornering headlights: Included
  • Full LED headlights and LED tail lights: Included
  • IQ.Light-LED matrix headlight,daytime running light with dynamic cornering light and indicator: £1,625
  • Headlight washers: £185
  • LED daytime running lights: Included
  • High beam assist: Included

  • Sunblind for rear side windows: £185
  • Net Partition and luggage compartment mat and net: £255
  • R-Line vienna leather upholstery + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats: Included
  • R-Line savona leather upholstery + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats: £830
  • Reversible boot floor with luggage management system: £345
  • Luggage management system: £255

  • Ambient lighting: Included

  • Memory pack - Touareg: Included
  • Memory pack plus - Touareg: £445
  • Off road pack - Touareg: £550
  • Professional chassis pack - Touareg: £4,950
  • Smoking Pack - Touareg: £55
  • Ambient Light Pack Coloured - Touareg: £355
  • Dynaudio confidence high end audio system - Touareg: £1,250
  • Driver assistance plus pack 2 with side scan lane assist - Touareg: £870

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

  • Solid - Pure white: £0

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

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

  • 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: Included

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

  • R-Line savona leather - Soul/Burnt grey/Crystal grey + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats: £830
  • R-Line vienna leather - Soul/Crystal grey + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats: £0

  • 21" Suzuka dark graphite diamond turned alloy wheels: £760
  • 20" Braga diamond turned alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts: £0
  • 20" Nevada diamond turned alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts: Included

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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