VOLKSWAGEN Touareg Estate

3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion R-Line Tech Plus 5dr Tip Auto

VOLKSWAGEN Touareg Estate - 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion R-Line Tech Plus 5dr Tip Auto

Vehicle Information

List Price
£68,025.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
34.4 MPG
0-62 mph
6.3 secs
Engine Size
3.0 CC
No. of Doors
5
CO2
216 g/km
By Line

The third generation version of Volkswagen's Touareg large SUV looks a stronger proposition in this updated form. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's third generation Touareg is a large luxury SUV that in this updated form is now smarter looking, 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 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, the much improved version of Volkswagen's 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 that '7L' design struck a chord with quite a few buyers in this segment. The second generation '7P' version, introduced in 2010, was less successful but Wolfsburg regained momentum in 2018 with that model's successor, the third generation 'CR' design we look at here. Five years on from launch, this MK3 Touareg was significantly updated, to create the car we're looking at in this Review. As with the pre-facelift model, it use the same MLB Evo platform you'll find in Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini large SUVs. And, unlike them (also as before), 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

Not too much has changed beneath the bonnet. Most versions of this third generation Touareg use 3.0 V6 TDI power mated to an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. This unit puts out either 231 or 286PS. In the perkier variant, 0-62mph 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 380PS PHEV eHybrid version, which offers a 14.1kWh battery. That battery is also shared by the top variant in the range, another PHEV, the Touareg R, which puts out 462PS. Whichever powerplant you choose, pulling power is 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 has been lightly facelifted, with larger lower front bumper air ducts and revised headlights with can be embellished with Volkswagen's IQ Light HD matrix system, incorporating up to 19,216 micro-LEDs per unit. Base 'Elegance'-trimmed models get chrome exterior trimming, while sportier 'R-Line' spec swaps that for a black-themed look. There are revised tail lamps too with smarter graphics; and they're connected by a light bar, in the centre of which is an illuminated Volkswagen logo. Smarter wheel designs of between 19 and 21-inches complete the changes outside. As before, this MK3 Touareg is an imposing thing, nearly 4.8m long, nearly 2.2m wide and over 1,7m high. Under the skin, as before, sits the Volkswagen Group conglomerate's MLB Evo platform (shared with the MK2 Audi Q7, the Audi Q8, the Bentley Bentayga, the MK3 model Porsche Cayenne and the Lamborghini Urus) There are fewer changes to this updated third generation Touareg inside. As before, the cabin 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', this set-up standardised for this facelifted model. It includes a 12-inch instrument display paired with a 15-inch central infotainment screen. The latter has had software and functionality updates which have brought more advanced HD map data, plus an updated voice control system and wireless 'Apple CarPlay/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. Otherwise, everything's as you were. You sit more commandingly than is the case with some other large luxury SUVs, surrounded by mood lighting, beautifully stitched finishing and a cool, classy Teutonic ambiance. Detail differences with this improved model include higher-capacity 45W USB-C charging ports and smarter cabin ambient lighting. As before, the Touareg offers only one rear seating row. But if that's OK for you, you'll find a comfortable back seat with sliding and seat reclining options - the backrests recline in three stages back to an angle of up to 21-degrees for greater comfort on longer journeys. And the relatively low height of the centre transmission tunnel means that three adults can be accommodated without too much discomfort for the occupant who's drawn the short straw and gets stuck in the middle. 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 five trim levels - 'SEL', 'R-Line-Tech', 'R-Line Tech Plus', 'Black Edition' and the top Touareg R PHEV petrol performance variant. Prices start at around £58,000 for the V6 diesel engine in 231PS form - there's a premium of around £2,700 to get it in 286PS guise. The asking figures range up to about £75,000. 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 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 34.9mpg on the combined cycle and up to 213g/km of CO2 from the V6 diesels. The top Touareg R petrol PHEV manages 94.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 54g/km of CO2 and can offer an all-electric driving range of up to 28 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 some smaller upper-mid-sized SUVs, its value proposition speaks for itself.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • 2D/3D map view
  • ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, forward collision warning, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Audible and visual fatigue detection system
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
  • Car information display
  • Drive select with Damper control
  • Driver alert system
  • Driving Mode Selection with four preset modes - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes
  • Dynamic road sign display camera controlled system with visual warning for traffic and road signs
  • eCall emergency system
  • Fully electric tailgate + keyless entry and start
  • Instrument cluster
  • MirrorLink
  • Multifunction camera
  • Multifunction computer premium with 7" colour display
  • One touch indicators with repeat function
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking
  • Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Voice control system
  • Wireless Smartphone charger
  • Lane assist (Available as no-cost option)
  • Park assist with rear view camera (Available as no-cost option)
ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION
  • 24 litre AdBlue tank
  • Torsen limited slip differential
  • 75 litre fuel tank (Available as no-cost option)
  • Sports suspension (Available as no-cost option)
ENTERTAINMENT
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
  • Gesture control for infotainment system
  • Multi device interface (MDI) with illuminated USB-C connection
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • SD card slot
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
  • Title and cover art display
  • Volkswagen media control
  • 8 speakers (4 front, 4 rear) (Available as no-cost option)
EXTERIOR FEATURES
  • Adaptive low beam for urban and motorway use
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Automatic headlights
  • Black roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
  • Body coloured wheel arches
  • C signature gloss black front air intake
  • Chrome trimmed radiator grille and air intake
  • Chrome trimmed side windows
  • Chromed tailpipe on the left and right integrated in the bumper with trapezoid design
  • Dusk sensor
  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • Electric front tilt/slide panoramic sunroof and fixed rear sunroof
  • Electrically power adjustable, heated, folding, auto dimming, front passenger exterior door mirror lowering function
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Full LED headlights and LED tail lights
  • Galvanised body
  • Gloss black finish B pillar
  • Gloss black rear diffuser
  • Heat insulating darkened glass in side and rear windows
  • Heated laminated windscreen with acoustic noise reduction
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • LED 3rd brake light
  • LED cornering headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Indicators
  • LED rear fog light
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Plastic scuff plates in door apertures
  • Poor weather light
  • Puddle lights
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear wiper
  • Heat insulating rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx. 80% tinted (Available as no-cost option)
  • High beam assist (Available as no-cost option)
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V socket in front and rear centre console and boot
  • 2 Coat hooks on B pillar
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 3 spoke sport heated leather multi-function sports steering wheel with gear shift paddles - generation 2
  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints
  • 4 zone climate control
  • 40:20:40 split folding slide/recline rear seat
  • B pillar vents
  • Branded points of interest
  • Double sun visor for drivier and passenger with LED illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Electric luggage compartment cover
  • Folding rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front centre armrest with storage box
  • Front seats with R-line logo on seat backrest
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Isofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Leather trimmed gear knob with gloss black inlay/aluminum trim
  • Leatherette door trim
  • LED luggage compartment lighting
  • Load through provision
  • Luggage compartment with load lashing rings
  • Plastic loading edge protection
  • R Line badge
  • Rear seat remote release levers
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Soul black headlining
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Heated front seats (Available as no-cost option)
  • R-Line vienna leather upholstery + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats (Available as no-cost option)
PACKS
  • Ambient Light Pack Coloured - Touareg R Line
  • Innovision cockpit pack - Touareg
  • Memory pack - Touareg (Available as no-cost option) Pack contents
PASSIVE SAFETY
  • 3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners
  • ABS
  • Active bonnet
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • EBD + Brake Assist
  • EDL
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • ESC with ASR
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Two tone horn
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator (Available as no-cost option)
SECURITY
  • Alarm with interior monitoring in cab, backup horn and towing protection
  • Child security locks for front and rear doors
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
TRIM
  • High gloss black centre console
  • Silver wave design aluminium decorative inlays
WHEELS
  • 21" Suzuka gloss black alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tyre repair kit (Available as no-cost option)
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
EMISSIONS - ICE
  • HC:Not Available

  • Standard Euro Emissions:EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:216

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH:222

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL:216

ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Camshaft:DOHC

  • Catalytic Convertor:Yes

  • CC:2967

  • Compression Ratio:15.5:1

  • Cylinder Layout:V6

  • Cylinders:6

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm):83

  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm):91.4

  • Engine Code:CR75SJ

  • Engine Layout:NORTH SOUTH

  • Fuel Delivery:COMMON RAIL

  • Gears:8 SPEED

  • Number of Valves:24

  • Transmission:SEMI-AUTO

FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:No

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb:8.2

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH:8.5

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL:8.2

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High:8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH:8.2

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL:8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High:6.9

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH:7

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL:6.9

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low:11.9

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH:12.4

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL:11.9

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium:8.5

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH:8.7

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL:8.5

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb:34.4

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH:33.2

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL:34.4

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High:35.3

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH:34.4

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL:35.3

  • WLTP - MPG - High:40.9

  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH:40.4

  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL:40.9

  • WLTP - MPG - Low:23.7

  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH:22.8

  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL:23.7

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium:33.2

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH:32.5

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL:33.2

GENERAL
  • AdBlue:Yes

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying:No

  • Badge Engine CC:3.0

  • Badge Power:286

  • Based On ID:Not Available

  • Coin Description:V6 TDI 4Motion

  • Coin Series:R-Line Tech Plus

  • Generation Mark:3

  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:42E

  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:12

  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:3

  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:89

  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:86

  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:5

  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:72

  • NCAP Safety Assist %:81

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No

  • Service Interval Frequency - Months:12

  • Service Interval Mileage:9300

  • Special Edition:No

  • Special Order:No

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:60000

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:3

  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:Not Available

  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage:Not Available

  • Vehicle Homologation Class:M1

PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs):6.3

  • Engine Power - BHP:286

  • Engine Power - KW:210

  • Engine Power - RPM:3500

  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT:443

  • Engine Torque - MKG:61.2

  • Engine Torque - NM:600

  • Engine Torque - RPM:2250

  • Top Speed:148

TEST CYCLES
  • Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP

  • RDE Certification Level:RDE 2

TYRES
  • Alloys?:Yes

  • Space Saver?:No

  • Tyre Size Front:285/40 R21

  • Tyre Size Rear:285/40 R21

  • Tyre Size Spare:TYRE REPAIR KIT

  • Wheel Style:SUZUKA

  • Wheel Type:21" ALLOY

VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Height:1717

  • Height (including roof rails):1740

  • Length:4878

  • Wheelbase:2904

  • Width:1984

  • Width (including mirrors):2193

WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):75

  • Gross Vehicle Weight:2850

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):1800

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):810

  • Max. Loading Weight:833

  • Max. Roof Load:75

  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked:3500

  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:750

  • Minimum Kerbweight:2017

  • No. of Seats:5

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:12.2

By Line

The third generation version of Volkswagen's Touareg large SUV looks a stronger proposition in this updated form. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's third generation Touareg is a large luxury SUV that in this updated form is now smarter looking, 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 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, the much improved version of Volkswagen's 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 that '7L' design struck a chord with quite a few buyers in this segment. The second generation '7P' version, introduced in 2010, was less successful but Wolfsburg regained momentum in 2018 with that model's successor, the third generation 'CR' design we look at here. Five years on from launch, this MK3 Touareg was significantly updated, to create the car we're looking at in this Review. As with the pre-facelift model, it use the same MLB Evo platform you'll find in Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini large SUVs. And, unlike them (also as before), 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

Not too much has changed beneath the bonnet. Most versions of this third generation Touareg use 3.0 V6 TDI power mated to an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. This unit puts out either 231 or 286PS. In the perkier variant, 0-62mph 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 380PS PHEV eHybrid version, which offers a 14.1kWh battery. That battery is also shared by the top variant in the range, another PHEV, the Touareg R, which puts out 462PS. Whichever powerplant you choose, pulling power is 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 has been lightly facelifted, with larger lower front bumper air ducts and revised headlights with can be embellished with Volkswagen's IQ Light HD matrix system, incorporating up to 19,216 micro-LEDs per unit. Base 'Elegance'-trimmed models get chrome exterior trimming, while sportier 'R-Line' spec swaps that for a black-themed look. There are revised tail lamps too with smarter graphics; and they're connected by a light bar, in the centre of which is an illuminated Volkswagen logo. Smarter wheel designs of between 19 and 21-inches complete the changes outside. As before, this MK3 Touareg is an imposing thing, nearly 4.8m long, nearly 2.2m wide and over 1,7m high. Under the skin, as before, sits the Volkswagen Group conglomerate's MLB Evo platform (shared with the MK2 Audi Q7, the Audi Q8, the Bentley Bentayga, the MK3 model Porsche Cayenne and the Lamborghini Urus) There are fewer changes to this updated third generation Touareg inside. As before, the cabin 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', this set-up standardised for this facelifted model. It includes a 12-inch instrument display paired with a 15-inch central infotainment screen. The latter has had software and functionality updates which have brought more advanced HD map data, plus an updated voice control system and wireless 'Apple CarPlay/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. Otherwise, everything's as you were. You sit more commandingly than is the case with some other large luxury SUVs, surrounded by mood lighting, beautifully stitched finishing and a cool, classy Teutonic ambiance. Detail differences with this improved model include higher-capacity 45W USB-C charging ports and smarter cabin ambient lighting. As before, the Touareg offers only one rear seating row. But if that's OK for you, you'll find a comfortable back seat with sliding and seat reclining options - the backrests recline in three stages back to an angle of up to 21-degrees for greater comfort on longer journeys. And the relatively low height of the centre transmission tunnel means that three adults can be accommodated without too much discomfort for the occupant who's drawn the short straw and gets stuck in the middle. 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 five trim levels - 'SEL', 'R-Line-Tech', 'R-Line Tech Plus', 'Black Edition' and the top Touareg R PHEV petrol performance variant. Prices start at around £58,000 for the V6 diesel engine in 231PS form - there's a premium of around £2,700 to get it in 286PS guise. The asking figures range up to about £75,000. 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 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 34.9mpg on the combined cycle and up to 213g/km of CO2 from the V6 diesels. The top Touareg R petrol PHEV manages 94.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 54g/km of CO2 and can offer an all-electric driving range of up to 28 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 some smaller upper-mid-sized SUVs, its value proposition speaks for itself.

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DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • 2D/3D map view
  • ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, forward collision warning, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Audible and visual fatigue detection system
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
  • Car information display
  • Drive select with Damper control
  • Driver alert system
  • Driving Mode Selection with four preset modes - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes
  • Dynamic road sign display camera controlled system with visual warning for traffic and road signs
  • eCall emergency system
  • Fully electric tailgate + keyless entry and start
  • Instrument cluster
  • MirrorLink
  • Multifunction camera
  • Multifunction computer premium with 7" colour display
  • One touch indicators with repeat function
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking
  • Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Voice control system
  • Wireless Smartphone charger
  • Lane assist (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Park assist with rear view camera (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION
  • 24 litre AdBlue tank
  • Torsen limited slip differential
  • 75 litre fuel tank (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Sports suspension (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
ENTERTAINMENT
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
  • Gesture control for infotainment system
  • Multi device interface (MDI) with illuminated USB-C connection
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • SD card slot
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
  • Title and cover art display
  • Volkswagen media control
  • 8 speakers (4 front, 4 rear) (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
EXTERIOR FEATURES
  • Adaptive low beam for urban and motorway use
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Automatic headlights
  • Black roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
  • Body coloured wheel arches
  • C signature gloss black front air intake
  • Chrome trimmed radiator grille and air intake
  • Chrome trimmed side windows
  • Chromed tailpipe on the left and right integrated in the bumper with trapezoid design
  • Dusk sensor
  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • Electric front tilt/slide panoramic sunroof and fixed rear sunroof
  • Electrically power adjustable, heated, folding, auto dimming, front passenger exterior door mirror lowering function
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Full LED headlights and LED tail lights
  • Galvanised body
  • Gloss black finish B pillar
  • Gloss black rear diffuser
  • Heat insulating darkened glass in side and rear windows
  • Heated laminated windscreen with acoustic noise reduction
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • LED 3rd brake light
  • LED cornering headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Indicators
  • LED rear fog light
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Plastic scuff plates in door apertures
  • Poor weather light
  • Puddle lights
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear wiper
  • Heat insulating rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx. 80% tinted (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • High beam assist (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V socket in front and rear centre console and boot
  • 2 Coat hooks on B pillar
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 3 spoke sport heated leather multi-function sports steering wheel with gear shift paddles - generation 2
  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints
  • 4 zone climate control
  • 40:20:40 split folding slide/recline rear seat
  • B pillar vents
  • Branded points of interest
  • Double sun visor for drivier and passenger with LED illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Electric luggage compartment cover
  • Folding rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front centre armrest with storage box
  • Front seats with R-line logo on seat backrest
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Isofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Leather trimmed gear knob with gloss black inlay/aluminum trim
  • Leatherette door trim
  • LED luggage compartment lighting
  • Load through provision
  • Luggage compartment with load lashing rings
  • Plastic loading edge protection
  • R Line badge
  • Rear seat remote release levers
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Soul black headlining
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Heated front seats (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • R-Line vienna leather upholstery + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
PACKS
  • Ambient Light Pack Coloured - Touareg R Line
  • Innovision cockpit pack - Touareg
  • Memory pack - Touareg (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option) Pack contents
PASSIVE SAFETY
  • 3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners
  • ABS
  • Active bonnet
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • EBD + Brake Assist
  • EDL
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • ESC with ASR
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Two tone horn
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
SECURITY
  • Alarm with interior monitoring in cab, backup horn and towing protection
  • Child security locks for front and rear doors
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
TRIM
  • High gloss black centre console
  • Silver wave design aluminium decorative inlays
WHEELS
  • 21" Suzuka gloss black alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tyre repair kit (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
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EMISSIONS - ICE
  • HC:Not Available

  • Standard Euro Emissions:EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:216

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH:222

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL:216

ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Camshaft:DOHC

  • Catalytic Convertor:Yes

  • CC:2967

  • Compression Ratio:15.5:1

  • Cylinder Layout:V6

  • Cylinders:6

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm):83

  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm):91.4

  • Engine Code:CR75SJ

  • Engine Layout:NORTH SOUTH

  • Fuel Delivery:COMMON RAIL

  • Gears:8 SPEED

  • Number of Valves:24

  • Transmission:SEMI-AUTO

FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:No

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb:8.2

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH:8.5

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL:8.2

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High:8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH:8.2

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL:8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High:6.9

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH:7

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL:6.9

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low:11.9

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH:12.4

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL:11.9

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium:8.5

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH:8.7

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL:8.5

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb:34.4

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH:33.2

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL:34.4

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High:35.3

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH:34.4

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL:35.3

  • WLTP - MPG - High:40.9

  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH:40.4

  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL:40.9

  • WLTP - MPG - Low:23.7

  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH:22.8

  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL:23.7

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium:33.2

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH:32.5

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL:33.2

GENERAL
  • AdBlue:Yes

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying:No

  • Badge Engine CC:3.0

  • Badge Power:286

  • Based On ID:Not Available

  • Coin Description:V6 TDI 4Motion

  • Coin Series:R-Line Tech Plus

  • Generation Mark:3

  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:42E

  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:12

  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:3

  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:89

  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:86

  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:5

  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:72

  • NCAP Safety Assist %:81

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No

  • Service Interval Frequency - Months:12

  • Service Interval Mileage:9300

  • Special Edition:No

  • Special Order:No

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:60000

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:3

  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:Not Available

  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage:Not Available

  • Vehicle Homologation Class:M1

PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs):6.3

  • Engine Power - BHP:286

  • Engine Power - KW:210

  • Engine Power - RPM:3500

  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT:443

  • Engine Torque - MKG:61.2

  • Engine Torque - NM:600

  • Engine Torque - RPM:2250

  • Top Speed:148

TEST CYCLES
  • Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP

  • RDE Certification Level:RDE 2

TYRES
  • Alloys?:Yes

  • Space Saver?:No

  • Tyre Size Front:285/40 R21

  • Tyre Size Rear:285/40 R21

  • Tyre Size Spare:TYRE REPAIR KIT

  • Wheel Style:SUZUKA

  • Wheel Type:21" ALLOY

VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Height:1717

  • Height (including roof rails):1740

  • Length:4878

  • Wheelbase:2904

  • Width:1984

  • Width (including mirrors):2193

WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):75

  • Gross Vehicle Weight:2850

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):1800

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):810

  • Max. Loading Weight:833

  • Max. Roof Load:75

  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked:3500

  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:750

  • Minimum Kerbweight:2017

  • No. of Seats:5

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:12.2

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Transmission
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Fuel Type
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Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
Engine Size
3.0 CC
No. of Doors
5
CO2
216 g/km
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