The previous Volkswagen Touareg has always been a bit of an enigma for me, big enough and powerful enough on paper to challenge the likes of Land Rover but never quite having the reputation and cache to pull it off.
So, it was with great anticipation that we took a demo of the latest Touareg 3.0TDV6 R-Line Tech from Volkswagen. Described as “the future” and claiming to re-write the rule book it had much to live up to.
Our week in the car commenced with a trip from Essex to Belper for a family lunch. The Touareg promises much, from the outside the latest model oozes quality and on par visually with the competition. Step into the cabin and this is where the revolution has taken place. The all-new and ground-breaking ‘Innovision’ screen can be controlled by voice, touch and even gesture, which makes light work of all the usual cabin functions. Such screen was first seen in the new XC90 some three years ago and appears to be the norm today. However, as with most technology has clearly taken strides forward in the new Touareg.
The new Touareg has seriously closed the gap on its rivals in terms of cabin quality and noise levels. It may seem like a cliché but it really was whisper quiet on our run up to Derbyshire at legal motorway cruising speeds!
In this post WLTP era, I was also intrigued to see how close to the claimed 42.8mpg combined I would actually achieve and across our round trip of almost 400 miles, accounting for slightly heavier return, I was pleasantly surprised to achieve a very commendable 42.4mpg – more than acceptable in my book.
Our off-road test took as far as the field car park at our local rugby club and it didn’t so much as flinch in the mud, aided by the advanced 4Motion technology that enables each wheel to be powered independently, ensuring traction even if the wheel isn’t touching the ground and coupled with six driving modes to cater for most on and off-road applications.
The Touareg, as with other large SUV’s, will rarely head off across plowed fields, but for all other applications should now be a serious contender - especially given the discounts currently available.
Volkswagen Touareg Too Big?
If you like the idea of an SUV but something the size of a Touareg or Volvo XC90 is too big then we recommend the Volkswagen Tiguan, available in either 5 or 7 seat versions or if smaller still is required then have a look at Volkswagen T-Roc, all with great discounts