The Volkswagen Touareg is a handsome family SUV with an impressive interior and some real off-road ability.
The Volkswagen Touareg is available with one diesel engine with varying chassis setups and two different power outputs. The engine is a 3.0 litre V6 with a choice of 204 or 262bhp mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. While each variant is fitted with Bluemotion Technology, all models are fitted with 4-Motion all-wheel-drive and with the option of adding ‘Terrain Tech’ which enables the driver to switch between on and off-road driving modes. Economy is respectable too. If you wish to get the most mileage from your Touareg, then the 204bhp is for you. If you are planning a lot of off-roading then the 580Nm of torque that the 262bhp model provides is excellent.
The Touareg is based on the same chassis as the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 so naturally it is a very comfortable ride. The Volkswagen however is not set up to be as dynamic as the other two and provides a more supple ride. The Touareg is no slouch however as its entry level 202bhp packs 450Nm of torque and its 8-speed auto is quick to react to kick-down. In the corners it grips well and there is very little body roll and the brakes are very effective. While it may not be as performance orientated as its more premium cousins, it still packs a decent punch.
The Touareg is available in just one specification and trim line and it comes with a raft of features and creature comforts that include 20 inch Tarragona alloy wheels, Vienna leather with comfort seats, 4-Motion permanent 4-wheel-drive, Bi-xenon headlights, LED rear lights, Touchscreen radio with Bluetooth and MP3, Tinted rear glass, parking sensors, Leather multi-function steering wheel and cruise control. This specification combines to make the Touareg feel as premium as the Audi and completely insulated from the outside environment with very little wind or road noise evident.
The Volkswagen Touareg is as well built as any other model in their line-up. Compared to its Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne cousins, you could say that the interior and dashboard design lacks the some of the flair and style of the other two. The Touareg however is constructed from equally high quality materials from floor to ceiling. The dashboard is a clean ergonomic design with contrast gloss inserts that adds an element of class. The Vienna comfort leather heated seats and ambient lighting will give any potential owner a reassuring feeling of German sophistication. While the Q7’s interior is very impressive, it can appear overly fussy and stylised compared to the simplicity of the Touareg’s.
The 2015 Touareg has not yet undergone Euro NCAP crash testing but the model it replaced received the full five star rating for safety so you can be reassured that the Touareg is a very safe SUV indeed. It gets a huge range of safety technology as standard that includes dynamic headlights, electronic stability control, alarm and immobiliser, driver alert system that indicates fatigue in the driver and a full set of six airbags. There are other optional safety items like lane assist, rear view camera a blind spot monitor.
The Touareg is a very large SUV and is far from short on space. Where it might fall down however is against competitors like the Land Rover Discovery that offers an additional two seats in the boot to make it a seven seater. That said, there is good space provided for both front and rear seat passengers with great head and legroom. The rear bench can also slide backward or recline to create additional space. There is loads of storage compartments around the cabin too from the top of the dashboard, to under the central armrest, glovebox and large door pockets. Boot space is an impressive 580 litres that can be extended to a whopping 1642 with the rear bench folded forward.