Volkswagen Touareg Review | 2012 150TDI Diesel Reviewed By Samantha Stevens | Reviews | Prices | Australian…

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Vehicle Style: five doors, five

Price: $62,990

Fuel (claimed): 7.2l/100km

Fuel (tested): 8.4l/100km

Volkswagen#39;s Touareg landed with an platform and design makeover – it#39;s longer, has interior space and also a couple of heart transplants.

The is much-improved looks and fuel-efficiencies the 2012 model range.

The under test here, out as the green choice with technology, an efficient V6 diesel and a 150kW on command hence the

Quality: The Germans do a restrained and if somewhat-Spartan, interior. The Touareg these guiding principles soft-touch surfaces and instruments, design lines and excellent and light.

Comfort: With standard and lovely adjustable seats, travellers will have no spending time in the Touareg. is no third row, so all travel (and you can leave the garden at home).

Equipment: The specification is long and generous in the Touareg hard to believe the car sits in the low

The only options are a ‘driver pack’ of radar cruise-control, spot and lane-departure warning and a heated leather steering for $5400, a moon-roof for $3000, air at $4900 and bi-Xenon headlights for

Unfortunately, GPS is a pricey $4900 but metallic paint is only

Storage: The 150TDI has a large boot offering 1642 of space with the rear folded, 580 litres with in place.

Driveability: There’s a good for VW to put the ‘150’ in the V6 diesel’s name it’s not often you’ll an SUV diesel over the 120kW much less the 150kW in the

The 3.0-litre V6 develops 150kW at and a fat 400Nm at 2000rpm. VW claims a 7.2 fuel sip, we managed a 8.4 For a 2150kg car the technology truly is

The stop-start system is not as quick as (ie. Jaguar), but starts with about two turns of the after shutting down full braking.

Vibration is you know it has switched off and back on but after the first few applications, it invisible.

However, if you have a of braking then releasing when coming to a complete the stop/start won’t operate competing systems are less about this.

One debit was the slow speed which we didn’t like The electronics overcompensate and make the feel remote at speeds of up to 30km/h.

The drive otherwise is and relaxed, with excellent through the big windows and standard for parking and reversing.

Refinement: It is a refined engine/gearbox combination. But claiming a sub-10 second time (9.0 secs), it feel that agile off the

This is largely due to a rather ultra-sensible eight-speed gearbox doles out the power and torque keeping the fuel use low.

It 190g/C02, which is excellent for a car size, but only gets a 3.5 nod for its green rating.

Suspension: The ride in the Touareg is and communicative; the 17-inch alloys fat multi-surface tyres do no harm to the ride (we question the need for the air-suspension option).

Braking: The are marginally over-sensitive at the pedal, but no trouble hauling the heavy to a stop.

ANCAP rating:

Safety features: Front, and curtain airbags, front limiter/pretensioner seatbelts, rear seatbelts, front active Brake Assist, Electronic Distribution, Hill Holder, Descent Control, Rollover Traction Control, Electronic Control, Hill Descent forward and reverse parking


Warranty: year with roadside

Service costs: Check your VW dealer before

BMW X5 xDrive30d ($92,100) – (straight) six and eight-speed auto, easily the best and most handling in its class – but bigger, and far pricier. 
(see X5 )

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI ($129,300) – The Q7 is an car by comparison, both in dimensions and The Audi is superbly appointed, why it sits at double the price, but why you not look at the Touareg? 
(see Q7 )

Mazda CX-9 Luxury – It ain’t a diesel, but a seven-seat 3.7 litre V6 that the Touareg at the price point and for manners. However, the level of is nowhere near the VW’s. CX-9 reviews )

Note: all are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not dealer delivery or on-road


Surprised the overall rating? So are we but the numbers lie. It#39;s our third at the new Touareg and we#39;re warming to it.

pitted against the top-dogs in the SUV segment, it makes very sense. Dollar for dollar, for feature, the value-equation for the 150TDI is a very strong one.

An interior, superior on-road a strong 150kW V6 diesel in the and remarkable fuel economy for a large and capable car, all add up to the 150TDI an appealing and versatile

Priced at the lower end of the luxury SUV the 150TDI should be high on list.

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