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Volkswagen TOUAREG DIESEL ESTATE 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto

Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
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Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto
Volkswagen TOUAREG 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion SEL Tech 5dr Tip Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG42.80
  • 0-62mph6.1 secs
  • Top Speed146 mph
  • C02173 g/km
  • BHP286
  • Torque443 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

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.

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

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.

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Driver Convenience
Driving Mode Selection with four preset modes - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes
Electric tailgate with power cover
Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter
Apple car play/Android Auto
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
Drive select with Damper control
Driver alert system
Dynamic road sign display camera controlled system with visual warning for traffic and road signs
eCall emergency system
Instrument cluster
MirrorLink
Multifunction camera with lane assist
Multifunction computer premium with 7" colour display
Service interval indicator
Speed sensitive power steering
Start/stop system with regenerative braking
Tailgate power latch
Traffic sign recognition
Voice control system
Entertainment
8 speakers (4 front, 4 rear)
2 X SD card slot
DAB Digital radio
Gesture control for infotainment system
Exterior Features
Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
Automatic headlights
Black roof rails
Electrically power adjustable, heated, folding, auto dimming, front passenger exterior door mirror lowering function
Full LED headlights and LED tail lights
Heat insulated tinted glass from B pillar back
Heat insulating glass in windshield
LED daytime running lights
LED Indicators
Solid paint
Adaptive low beam for urban and motorway use
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Black rear diffuser
Body colour bumpers with black lower parts
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
Chrome exhaust tailpipes
Chrome trimmed radiator grille and air intake
Chrome trimmed side windows
Dynamic headlight range control
Front and rear electric windows
Heated windscreen washer jets
LED cornering headlights
LED rear fog light
LED rear number plate lights
Plastic scuff plates in door apertures
Poor weather light
Puddle lights
Rear wiper
Interior Features
2 Zone electronic climate control with automatic air recirculation
75 litre fuel tank
Ambient lighting
Dual illuminated vanity mirrors on sun visors
Heated front seats
Mistral headliner
Vienna leather upholstery
12V socket in centre console
2 way lumbar support for front seats and manual adjustable in front seat backrests
3 rear head restraints
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
Folding rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Front + rear carpet mats
Front centre armrest with storage box
Gear shift indicator
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Isofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
Jack and tool kit
Leather multifunction steering wheel with gear shift paddles
Leatherette door trim
LED luggage compartment lighting
Load through provision
Luggage compartment cover
Luggage compartment with load lashing rings
Plastic loading edge protection
Stainless steel load sill protection
Wheels
19" Tirano diamond turned alloy wheels
Temporary space saver steel spare wheel
Packs
Innovision cockpit pack with Digital cockpit - Touareg
Safety
3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners
ABS
Active bonnet
Automatic post collision braking system
Curtain airbags
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Driver/Passenger whiplash optimised head restraints
EBD + Brake Assist
EDL
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
ESC with ASR
Front seat side impact airbags
Hill descent control
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
Three 3 point rear seatbelts
Two tone horn
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Alarm with interior monitoring in cab, backup horn and towing protection
Anti-theft wheel bolts
Remote central locking
Technical
Torsen limited slip differential
Trim
Brushed aluminium dash/door panel inserts
Matte black centre console with silver decorative inserts
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.233
CO2 (g/km) 173
HC+NOx 0.092
NOx 0.065
Particles 0.0001
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
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 DENA
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 24
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 42.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 47.9
EC Urban (mpg) 36.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 32.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 34.4
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 286
Coin Description TDI 4Motion
Coin Series SEL Tech
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 40E
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 24
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 6.1
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 146
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 255/55 R19
Tyre Size Rear 255/55 R19
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style TIRANO
Wheel Type 19" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1702
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 855
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 3500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1995
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.2

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £401.00 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £418.00 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £458.00 p/m Call Us
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £388.00 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £403.00 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £437.00 p/m Call Us
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £481.20 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £501.60 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £549.60 p/m Call Us
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £465.60 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £483.60 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £524.40 p/m Call Us
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Garage door opener £170.00
Head up Display £1,080.00
Night vision £1,520.00
Park assist with rear view camera £550.00
Power latching doors £500.00
Side scan blind spot detection £490.00
Exterior Features
Electric front tilt/slide panoramic sunroof and fixed rear sunroof £1,260.00
Headlight washers £180.00
Heated laminated windscreen with acoustic noise reduction £340.00
High beam assist £130.00
Laminated safety privacy glass £510.00
LED premium headlights with intelligent light modes, dynamic light assist, dynamic indicators and dynamic rear tail lights, advanced high beam assist £1,550.00
Metallic paint £850.00
Power folding towbar with Trailer assist £1,120.00
Signature premium paint £1,780.00
Silver roof rails £90.00
Silver roof rails and cross bars £290.00
Special solid paint £300.00
Ultra metallic paint £1,180.00
Interior Features
4 zone climate control £880.00
Climate front seats with massage function £1,050.00
Front climate seats £650.00
Heated front and rear seats £250.00
Luggage management system £250.00
Net partition with cargo net + boot space mat £250.00
Net partition with cargo net + boot space mat with rear seats release £340.00
Reversible boot floor with luggage management system £340.00
Savona leather upholstery + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats £1,790.00
Soul black headlining £280.00
Sunblind for rear side windows £180.00
Vienna leather upholstery + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats £1,160.00
Packs
Ambient Light Pack Coloured - Touareg £350.00
Driver assistance plus pack with High beam assist - Touareg £990.00
Dynaudio confidence soundpack - Touareg £1,230.00
Lights and Vision pack for memory seats - Touareg FOC
Memory pack - Touareg £110.00
Memory pack plus - Touareg £550.00
Off road pack - Touareg £540.00
Professional chassis pack - Touareg £4,890.00
Smoking Pack - Touareg £50.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Antimonial silver £850.00
Metallic - Deep black pearl £850.00
Metallic - Juniper green £850.00
Metallic - Moonlight Blue £850.00
Metallic - Reef blue £850.00
Metallic - Sechura Beige £850.00
Metallic - Silicon grey £850.00
Metallic - Tamarind brown £850.00
Signature premium - Oryx white £1,780.00
Solid - Pure white FOC
Special solid - Black £300.00
Ultra metallic - Aquamarine blue £1,180.00
Ultra metallic - Malbec red £1,180.00
Safety
Electronic tyre pressure monitoring £170.00
Security
Keyless entry and start with safelock £700.00
Keyless entry system with hands free tailgate opening £750.00
Technical
Air suspension £1,685.00
Air suspension and rear axle steering £2,370.00
Larger capacity fuel tank £100.00
Trim
Savona leather - Mistral/Grey + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats £1,790.00
Savona leather - Soul + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats £1,790.00
Vienna leather - Mistral/Grigio + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats £1,160.00
Vienna leather - Soul FOC
Vienna leather - Soul + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats £1,160.00
Wheels
20" Montero silver alloy wheels £750.00
21" Suzuka dark graphite diamond turned alloy wheels £1,600.00
* option prices shown are estimated