VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG DIESEL ESTATE 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion 231 SEL 5dr Tip Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2214 g/km

Volkswagen's third generation Touareg is a large luxury SUV that's now smarter looking, safer, better-equipped and more efficient. As before, this car'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 like BMW's X5, Mercedes' GLE, 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 value proposition that could prove hard to resist.

HIGH, WIDE AND HANDSOME

Volkswagen's heaviest hitter looks a stronger proposition in third generation form. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's third generation Touareg is a large luxury SUV that's now smarter looking, safer, better-equipped and more efficient. As before, this car'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 like BMW's X5, Mercedes' GLE, 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 value proposition that could prove hard to resist.

Background

Large luxury SUVs tend to be more about style than substance. Here's one that's different, Volkswagen's much improved third generation Touareg. The original version of this car, launched in 2003 and named after a North African tribe, represented the Wolfsburg brand's first venture into the luxury SUV market and struck a chord with quite a few buyers in this segment. The second generation version, introduced in 2010, was less successful; Wolfsburg hopes to regain momentum with this, that model's successor. The prospects seem quite promising; this MK3 Touareg does, after all, use the same MLB Evo platform you'll find in Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini large SUVs. And, unlike them, it's actually quite at home off road. As before, the idea is to provide an appealing compromise between the extreme 'SUV'-ness of, say, a Toyota Land Cruiser or a Jeep Grand Cherokee. And more paved-surface-orientated large SUVs like the BMW X5 and the Mercedes GLE.

Driving Experience

Most versions of this third generation Touareg uses 3.0 V6 TDI power mated to an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. This unit's an uprated version of the powerplant offered in this model's predecessor, this time round putting out 231 or 286PS. In the perkier variant, 0-62 mph takes 6.1 seconds, and the top speed is 146mph. A 340PS 3.0-litre V6 TSI turbocharged petrol engine is the alternative and you can also talk to your dealer about a top Touareg R PHEV petrol variant with 462PS. Pulling power remains a Toureg strongpoint, the 286PS 3.0 V6 TDI unit developing up to 600Nm of torque, which will make it ideal for towers who'll particularly like Volkswagen's handy 'Trailer Assist' technology that facilitates simple slow-speed manoeuvring. For on road use with this MK3 model, Volkswagen has (for top variants) developed an active all-wheel steering set-up and a roll stabilisation system with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars. Plus there's two-chamber air suspension too, a set-up you can control via various driving modes. These range from 'Eco' and 'Comfort', through 'Individual', to 'Snow', 'Sand' and 'Off-road Expert'. Select the right setting and you'll be able to go surprisingly far off the beaten track. That'll be further aided by a centre differential lock with asymmetric dynamic torque distribution that acts as a transfer box for the flow of forces between the front and rear axle. A maximum of 70%t of the drive force reaches the front axle and up to 80% can be sent to the rear axle.

Design and Build

This third generation Touareg is yet another Volkswagen Group large luxury SUV to sit on that conglomerate's MLB Evo platform (the others being the MK2 Audi Q7, the Audi Q8, the Bentley Bentayga, the MK3 model Porsche Cayenne and the Lamborghini Urus). As before, the Touareg has just five seats but it's wider and longer than before, nearly 4.8m long, nearly 2.2m wide and over 1,7m high. There's a more dynamic look too, aided by the imposing new chromed front grille and sharper body detailing. The cabin of this MK3 model isn't quite up to Audi and Porsche levels of quality, but it feels very nice indeed and is dominated by what Volkswagen calls its 'Innovision Cockpit'. Here, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster - the 'Active Info Display' we've seen on lesser Volkswagen models - merges with the 15-inch TFT touchscreen of the latest 'Discover Premium' infotainment system to form a new digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit. Never before has a Volkswagen interior of this type been digitalised and extensively linked to the vehicle functions and outside world to such an extent. As before, there's a comfortable back seat with sliding and seat reclining options. Luggage space is huge with a 1,051mm load area length and a maximum load capacity of 810-litres (seats up) or 1,800-litres (seats down).

Market and Model

Most MK3 model Touaregs are bought with the 3.0 V6 TDI diesel engine and there are six trim levels - 'SE', 'SEL', 'SEL Tech', R-Line' and 'R-Line Tech', plus the top Touareg R PHEV petrol performance variant. Prices start at around £46,500 for this engine in 231PS form - there's a premium of around £2,600 to get it in 286PS guise. The asking figures range up to about £65,000. The 3.0 V6 TSI base petrol version starts in 'SEL' trim from about £54,000. Options include electrically adjustable front seats featuring a special pneumatic massage function with no fewer than eight programs. The intensity of the massage functions can be continuously adjusted via individual air cushions. Natural light comes in through the optionally available panoramic sliding roof - the largest yet offered by Volkswagen. The transparent roof section is 1,270mm long and 825mm wide (inner dimensions), and the front half can be continuously opened and electrically moved back by almost half a metre (495mm) and raised. Meanwhile night driving can be more pleasant thanks to an optional LED ambient light system. Using the ambient light, the atmosphere on board the Touareg can be personalised via 30 different light colours whose brightness can be adjusted. There's also an optional night vision system using a thermal imaging camera. Camera-driven safety innovations include 'Front Cross Traffic Assist' - which responds to traffic crossing in front of the car. For autonomous driving, there's 'Traffic Jam and Roadwork Lane Assist' which offers partly automated steering and lane departure warning up to 37mph, plus autonomous acceleration and braking).

Cost of Ownership

Don't expect too much here. This is, after all, a large luxury SUV that in 3.0 V6 TDI form carries a substantial 2,070kg of kerb weight. Let's get to the WLTP figures. Expect up to 34.4mpg on the combined cycle and up to 214g/km of CO2 from the V6 diesels. The 3.0 V6 TSI petrol version manages up to 26.6mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 239g/km. The top Touareg R petrol PHEV manages around 70mpg and around 90g/km and can offer an all-electric driving range of up to 27 miles. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your Touareg will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner. The TDI engines many customers will choose, like most modern diesel powerplants, get a selective catalytic reduction filter to cut down on nitrous oxide and, as with similar rival units, are designed around the injection of a urea-based solution called AdBlue into the exhaust gas stream to help clean up emissions. The liquid used is stored in a 12-litre tank mounted at the rear beneath the boot and this will need topping up as part of regular servicing.

Summary

As long as you don't need seven-seats in your large, luxury SUV, this Volkswagen is still a 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. Of course a cynic might ask in what way a Touareg is class-leading and it would be tough to pinpoint one. Its chances of success reside in managing to convince enough people enough of the time that it covers the required bases competently. If that sounds like damning with faint praise, it's not meant to. Think of this car as an artful exercise in managing compromises instead. It's still well worth your attention and with prices now overlapping with compact SUVs, its value proposition speaks for itself.

  • 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: 0.272
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.067
  • HC+NOx: 0.096
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 275
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 209
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 185
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 221
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 214
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 227
  • 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: DEND

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.7
  • 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: 26.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 32.5

  • Coin Series: SEL
  • Coin Description: V6 TDI 4 Motion
  • 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: 231
  • 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: 38E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 51
  • Engine Power - KW: 170
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 369
  • Engine Torque - NM: 500
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 231
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.5
  • Top Speed: 135

  • 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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