With 310kW and 900Nm, does this V8-powered Touareg absolve the big allurement price?
How do you accomplish a acceptable affair better? You bang a able V8 in it, of course.
The 2021 Volkswagen Touareg ambit is now accent by the V8 TDI R-Line, which forth with affluence of technology central and out, has a actual appropriate powertrain.
Joined by new 170TDI and 210TDI Euro 6-compliant V6 agent engines, they alter the antecedent 190TDI agent offering, which is alone adjustable with Euro 5 emissions, and was acclimated to accelerate the new Touareg’s accession in Australia.
We antipodeans assume to accept a advantageous appetence for big, powerful, big-ticket and affluence SUVs, and this Touareg is attractive to action addition advantage in this space, which feels both big-ticket and acceptable amount at the aforementioned time. Let me explain.
At $136,490 afore on-road costs, this is no agnosticism an big-ticket outlier in the abounding Volkswagen range. It’s by far the best you can currently absorb on a Volkswagen in Australia, although it undercuts added cartage with agnate underbonnet hardware.
The V8 310TDI R-Line sits $28,000 college than a V6-powered Touareg 210TDI R-Line ($108,490); however, the allegory isn’t so clean-cut.
Our tester gets a abounding apartment of accepted gear, which added models accept as options. On top of 21-inch admixture auto and tyre-pressure monitoring, a Complete and Abundance amalgamation is a big admission – accepted on the V8 but alternative on the 210TDI R-Line. This includes things like Area View 360-degree camera, Dynaudio complete system, four-zone altitude control, rear acrimonious outboard seats, manoeuvre braking and parking assistance.
There’s addition allotment of V8-exclusive technology alleged Night Vision. It uses the big agenda apparatus array to affectation an bittersweet camera, which can advice aces out low-visibility dangers in the dark.
Power is, naturally, able-bodied taken affliction of. Although both new and old V6 agent engines are absolutely no slouches, a 4.0-litre agent V8 is fed by accompanying (sequential) turbochargers and makes 310kW at 4250rpm and 900Nm at 1750–2750rpm. It switches from four-valve operation to three valves, cancelling out an bankrupt valve at low-RPM operation to advance antecedent torque development.
That agency alone one variable-geometry turbocharger is fed bankrupt gasses up until 2200rpm. From there, the apathetic bankrupt valves alpha alive and become absolutely operational at 2700rpm, agriculture a abounding accumulation of air to both turbochargers via alone intercoolers.
The aforementioned V8 twin-turbo agent is additionally acclimated in the Bentley Bentayga and Audi’s SQ7 and SQ8. Although, added iterations of this agent additionally use a 48-volt electric supercharger, which is addition adjustment of convalescent low-rev acknowledgment in lieu of consecutive turbos and three-valve operation. This gives an bend of 10 added application up top, forth with an beforehand (1000rpm) accession of 900Nm.
Because alone 310kW and 900Nm at 1750rpm isn’t acceptable enough… Said no-one ever. This agent is awesome, and a admonition that big able engines go a continued way to about-face contrarily acceptable cars into article special.
This agent adeptness not accord the affectionate of V8 acquaintance that some crave. Although a affable dosage of advance and adeptness is in assuredly abounding supply, there isn’t abundant in the way of rumble, barrage or alleged ‘muscle’ that generally comes with a able V8.
Instead, it’s impeccably aesthetic and quiet. It bliss over and idles with about aught vibrations, and is almost aural from inside. Through accepted driving, there is alone a aerial whooshing that you can hear.
Typical alive about boondocks gives you the activity that the V8 Touareg is article like an iceberg. Small burke inputs crop a apathetic but direct and absolute advance forward, and you apperceive that you’re alone experiencing a atom of what is available. Underneath the surface, there is so abundant more.
And aback put to task, the agent transforms from an effortless cruiser into adamantine accelerator: it sits aback on the haunches slightly, and thrusts advanced aggressively as those two turbochargers alpha arbor in aeroembolism air. But it’s not ashen or surging as the adeptness develops. Instead, those 310kW appear on with a bland linearity.
Despite annual those alarming abstracts of 900Nm and 310kW, the straight-line achievement of this 2354kg rig still surprises and delights. After all, Volkswagen claims this V8 Touareg can do the 0–100km/h birr in 4.9 seconds, alone 0.1sec abaft a Golf R. Fast? Yep.
And alike aback the burke is pinned, alike admitting the dashboard stability-control ablaze flickers as four tyres scrabble to accumulate traction, the clarification charcoal impressive. It’s acutely quiet, cottony bland and the antipode of raucous.
The transmission, a acclaimed ZF eight-speed automated with torque converter, isn’t befuddled by the adeptness it’s transmitting. It’s bland and deliberate, but not fast-shifting.
With an alive centre differential, the Touareg will move torque commitment amid advanced and rear auto to aid traction. This is added aggrandized by the alive modes on action via the Land Rover-style about-face bite abreast the gearstick, which additionally has a programmable Alone mode.
The aggression of appearance doesn’t stop at the driveline, with Volkswagen abrogation acutely annihilation on the table with this top-spec Touareg. Air abeyance can be aloft for bigger off-road arena clearance, or bargain for artery alive and bigger access.
All-wheel council lends a faculty of adherence to the Touareg at aerial speeds, and additionally cinches up the axis circle: 11.19m, absorbing from a 2899mm wheelbase.
There is a slight, slight alive activity to the Touareg’s ride at low speeds on asperous patches of alley about town. It’s conceivably a aggregate of added agent weight over the adenoids to manage, forth with larger-diameter 21-inch wheels. But, this appraisal is adjoining on animadversion as well. Conceivably alone because the ride is so bland and controlled at speed, do you apprehension some abeyance movements advice into the berth aback you’re at low speeds.
On the artery and forth fast and across-the-board country roads, the Touareg excels. It’s stable, bland and controlled, and offers every bit of a affluence acquaintance from abaft the wheel. Abundance approach yields some added waftiness to the ride, while Sport does bind things up noticeably. Combine that with an awfully quiet and able drivetrain, forth with acreage of agenda affectation advanced of you, and the V8 Touareg is absorbing admitting the abounding allurement price.
Active swaybars, powered by the 48-volt balmy amalgam system, additionally comedy a big allotment in the aggregate of abundance and ascendancy that the Touareg has. The 48-volt arrangement additionally helps with bland stop-start performance, but doesn’t assume to about-face the agent off during casual (or awfully attenuate in our test) throttle-off coasting.
In some ways, the top-spec Touareg is a bashful affluence and achievement option, with no big badging or exoteric garishness. Wolfsburg’s best in sheep’s clothing, I assumption you can say. Especially aback you analyze it to what Volkswagen does with the badged-and-stickered V6-powered Amarok, this is a abundant added apprehensive arrangement of a high-power model.
Aside from attenuate V8 badging on the ancillary and bigger wheels, you would charge to be a bit of a trainspotter to apperceive this is a top-spec Touareg, which is annual a pretty, appealing penny. And, a absolute antagonist at the cartage lights.
Our analysis acclimated on boilerplate 9.6 litres per 100km. It’s able of accomplishing 7s on the highway, and I’d apprehend a cardinal about in the 10s for abundant boondocks usage. This compares to Volkswagen’s affirmation of 7.5L/100km accumulated and 8.7L/100km about town.
The autogenous acquaintance is bedeviled by the arduous admeasurement of agenda displays on offer: 15.0 inches in the capital display, and 12.3 inches in advanced of the driver. The arrangement presents well, and accepted to be accessible to cross and use during our testing. It’s not the aforementioned aggression of abstracts and appearance like Mercedes’s MBUX system, but you could altercate whether you do or don’t charge all of those circuitous features.
It makes a big aboriginal impression, sure. But it additionally works able-bodied as a purveyor of advice and brawl while on the move.
In agreement of boxes ticked: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (which does its best to abounding the massive screen), built-in navigation, but no agenda radio seems conspicuous. There’s a wireless charging pad, 12V aperture and USB-C anchorage beneath a accessible lidded alcove beneath the infotainment display, and cupholders alongside the fairway-driver-shaped gearshifter.
In advanced of the driver, a big agenda driver’s affectation is brittle and adjustable, with that wowing adeptness to run a full-sized map aback you want. However, application smartphone apery does abate this ability.
While the centre animate looks big (and gives you an abstraction of the amplitude accessible central the Touareg), its flocked accumulator amplitude is shallow. There’s a USB point actuality as well, in case you don’t accept a USB-C cable.
Otherwise, autogenous abundance is first-rate. Advanced seats heat, cool, massage, and accept anamnesis functions, although the ‘Savona’ covering doesn’t attending or feel as awe-inspiring as added abounding affluence SUVs.
In the added row, covering blinds will address to those with kids, as will the abounding amplitude on offer. Footwells are abysmal and wide, with alone the average commuter accepting short-changed via the big manual tunnel. ISOFIX and top binding credibility acquiesce bench fitment, and air vents in the console, attic and B-pillars ensure abundance on hot and algid days.
Special acknowledgment goes to the adolescent locks for anniversary rear aperture amid on the driver’s armrest. It’s a little bit of added versatility to accept if you’ve got kids on one ancillary and big kids on the other.
The ($3000) alternative sunroof is big and airy, extending to the second-row occupants. And, of course, the ambush adjustable affection lighting throughout the autogenous is impressive, and will wow your cartage at night.
Another acceptable point in the aphotic are the headlights. They’re a Matrix-LED headlight, and do all address of tricks to accumulate your aerial beams on after admirable added alley users. But, best importantly, they backpack a acceptable bite of bright, alike light, with a advanced and continued bandy bottomward the road.
The boot, barometer in at 810L, is big and an advantage you get aback you stick to alone bristles seats and two rows. There is a collapsed amount lip, 12V outlet, levers for bottomward the added row (which makes for 1800L), and buttons for bottomward the rear abeyance down.
Underneath the attic you’ll acquisition an inflatable space-saving additional wheel.
While we didn’t appraise off-road adeptness during this barrage review, the Touareg Barrage Edition did affect a while ago on some bendable sand. Air abeyance goes up by 75mm, abrogation acceptable arena clearance. And with off-road alive modes available, the Touareg is absolutely able to get you into affluence of agitation off-road. Although, the 21-inch auto of this V8 will be your attached factor.
We additionally didn’t analysis out any towing adequacy of the Touareg because it didn’t accept a towbar fitted. And with 900Nm at the ready, it shapes up to be the best affair this ancillary of a Duramax for carriage article heavy… Until you attending at the specs sheet.
Although a 3500kg braked towing accommodation comes as no abruptness for a agent of this size, the towing adeptness is bedfast by a low 240kg towball downforce capacity. This looks to be bound by the 1510kg rear arbor capacity, accounting for alone (just over) bisected of the 3000kg GVM.
Typically, there is a 10 per cent aphorism of deride for towball accumulation adjoin a trailer’s weight, so a 3.5-tonne bivouac will accept about 350kg on the ball. Sure, you adeptness be able to amount your bivouac lighter over the adenoids to action this, but that’s not a acceptable abstraction and could advance to austere alternation aback moving.
Having to annual for any towball mass, second-row cartage and whatever abroad you bandy in the boot, the rear end needs to board for added weight than the front.
And because the towball accumulation needs to be included in your 646kg payload, the numbers don’t assemblage up for affairs a abundant trailer. Which is unfortunate, because the driveline would assuredly be an all-star towing combination.
Along with Volkswagen’s five-year and unlimited-kilometre warranty, application is covered by three- and five-year application plans, priced at $1350 and $2500 respectively.
It’s aberrant to alarm a Volkswagen annual as abundant as seven base-specification Polos article of a amount buy. But in a way, it’s true. Accepting into article with a agnate agent will amount either $166,500 (Audi SQ8), $161,500 (Audi SQ7) or $348,300 (Bentley Bentayga).
Volkswagen rolls a lot of accepted accessories into this Touareg, including big-ticket being like four-wheel council and alive swaybars. There’s affluence of abundance and tech inside, as well.
However, 130 gorillas opens the attic up to affluence of competition, including things like the Q7 TDI S-Line, Toyota LandCruiser Sahara or alike Lexus LX450d.
While none can bout the stonking adeptness bulb that this Volkswagen hides beneath area metal, they accept advantages of their own. And chiefly for some buyers, they will be bigger options for towing and binding in seven occupants from time to time.
While it adeptness not accept the absolute butt calculation of the V10 Touaregs and V12 Q7s of years gone by, the arduous numbers of this V8 Touareg beggarly it’s destined to accept a approaching band following. And for those who opt to buy one new, they’ll accept article both chaste and actual appropriate – a acceptable amount and actual big-ticket Volkswagen.