There wasn’t abundant amiss with the old Touareg – but this beginning adaptation is still a huge bound forward. The accommodate is a abundant success, creating a glassy and adorable agent with a adequate interior. Acknowledgment to a desperate weight-loss programme and new engines, the car offers bigger ammunition economy, emissions and performance. VW has paid realattention to the details, too: the cockpit feels allegedly laid out, there’s abundant added amplitude central and added appearance such as the Area Appearance cameras are actual welcome. All in all, the new Touareg is a able and adorable exceptional SUV.
Leaner, meaner and greener… it’s the all-new Touareg! But Volkswagen’s accepted SUV is still recognisable, admitting a cardinal of administration updates.
At the advanced it appearance the aforementioned ancestors face as the Golf and Polo, with the accession of a U-shaped band of LEDs about the headlights. The archetypal is bigger than afore – 41mm best and 12mm wider, with a wheelbase continued by 38mm – yet it seems smaller, added able-bodied and added focused.
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Sharper curve and biconcave ancillary panels advice actualize a added active look, as do the lower roof and the actuality the anatomy sits 12mm afterpiece to the ground. VW has put the Touareg on a austere diet, too: acknowledgment to the use of aluminium and a lighter powertrain, the SUV has afford added than 200kg.
The covering and copse autogenous is adequate and comfortable, while the chrome and aluminium flourishes accomplishment things off nicely. Redesigned seats accomplish long-distance active a breeze, and that continued wheelbase gives a absolute faculty of amplitude in the aback – article the old archetypal lacked.
The adaptation we collection had an clear seven-inch colour centre screen. However, this doesn’t appear as accepted on all variants – best get a abate five-inch connected unit.
The card arrangement is automated and the adorable atramentous animate sits neatly in a hi-tech, logically laid-out cockpit. Kit additionally includes all-direction Area Appearance cameras, which action a 360-degree browse of the Touareg’s ambience on the centre console, while the bird’s-eye appearance accoutrement is a bonus.
VW is agog to accent that it has added stop-start on all engines, as able-bodied as adorning braking and a anew developed eight-speed automated box. As a result, ammunition burning is bigger by about 20 per cent. The abject 236bhp 3.0-litre V6 agent – the best economical alternative – offers 38.1mpg. Other agent options comprise a 335bhp 4.2 V8 and a 375bhp 3.0 petrol amalgam (driven opposite), which affiance 31mpg and 34.4mpg respectively.
We approved the V6 turbodiesel, and were afflicted with its befuddled and bland performance. It covers 0-62mph in 7.8 abnormal and alcove 135mph. The auto accouterment faster than in the old model, and the lighter kerbweight and accomplished administration beggarly the Touareg feels like a abundant abate and added active vehicle. It is adequate and refined, too.
Rival: Mercedes ML300 CDI Now that the new Touareg has headed upmarket, the M-Class is in its sights. The Merc absolutely has chic and quality, as able-bodied as amazing abundance and refinement. Latest BlueEFFICIENCY models such as the abject 201bhp 3.0-litre agent can acknowledgment 33mpg and do 0-60mph in about eight seconds. At £40,165, the ML 300 CDI is added cher than the VW, though.