Volkswagen Touareg Review |CarAdvice

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Volkswagen Touareg


The new Volkswagen Touareg has arrived in with prices starting $62,990. While keeping all the we loved about the first the new one comes with a wide of technological and fuel-saving updates.

the outside the new Volkswagen Touareg has restyled to look more the rest of the Volkswagen family a definite and obvious similarity to the new Golf and Volkswagen Polo .

it sits closer to the ground before, the new Touareg is bigger the model it replaces. Measuring long (144mm longer previous generation), 1965mm (+37mm) and sitting 1732mm (+6mm or +16mm for 4Xmotion Volkswagen has increased cabin while keeping the overall relatively unchanged.

The new Touareg’s is enhanced with restyled and grille which give a distinctive look. The updated makes do with more tail lamps and pronounced Overall, the new shape is definitely an of the old model as Volkswagen has played its on the conservative side.

Even so, it portray a sportier look before.

Going by official figures, the Volkswagen Touareg has competition in Australia. In reality not directly competing with the but it’s also not on the same as its Luxury SUV contenders (a category in it’s placed).

The figures it goes up against a wide and field of luxury SUVs the Germans, Swedes and even the Since supply of the old model up some time ago, the Touareg has been outsold by its siblings: the upmarket Audi Q7 and Cayenne (which all share the platform). So in a strange way, you have more exclusivity a Touareg than you would a

Either way, there’s no that Volkswagen Australia has to increase its market share the new model.

In order to do that the new Touareg needs to appeal to that want more just a top of the range Ford but are not willing to fork out the big bucks for a BMW X5. It needs to persuade buyers from the excellent but ageing XC90 and the mighty Land Discovery 4. So how exactly does it itself, given it sits in the middle of standard and luxury

Although all Touaregs are capable of to moderate off-roading (more so if with the 4XMotion four-wheel with low-range gear in reality not many will see the dirt. For that reason has omitted the low-range gears all but one variant. The Touareg’s main are practicality, safety and efficiency.

To the new Volkswagen Touareg, we spent a with a Touareg 150TDI and another with a Touareg V6 FSI The base model diesel is by a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel that produces 150kW (at and 400Nm of torque (2000rpm), the petrol V6 gives you 206kW and of torque.

Our Touareg 150TDI car was equipped with the Driver Package ($5400), which adaptive cruise control front assist and emergency function, plus lane

The adaptive cruise control can be set to follow the vehicle in front at a distance up to a set speed (using two sensors). For example, it can be set to maintain a 50m from the car in front and go up to 110km/h. The will automatically adjust its to the vehicle infront, slowing and speeding up to match traffic (up to set

It works all the way from maximum down to a full stop, so it can be used in traffic. However if the is stopped for more than two the driver will need to the active cruise control – the resume button on the steering will get you another 15 seconds to with traffic.

Although it complicated, in reality the system is handy and not that hard to use you’ve got the hang of it. We used it on the from Brisbane to Gold and didn’t have to touch the or the accelerator pedal for the entire journey. Simply set your speed and the car will slow speed up, and pretty much sure you don’t hit anyone.

It can be useful for those long so long as you don’t fall

If there is a sudden emergency where another vehicle in front far too close for safety, the assist system first a visual and audible warning to you some time to back If that doesn’t happen it give the brakes a gentle jab to you down, and if all that fails the will go into emergency mode to reduce the severity of the This gave us a bit of a shock it sounded a loud audible as we were trying to overtake and it we were getting too close for

You’re probably thinking, but it steer for you too? Well, no, not But it does half the job already. If you to wander out of your lane indicating) or attempt to merge someone that’s sitting in blind spot, the blind indicators in the mirrors will orange and the steering wheel vibrate (much like how an gets a stick-shaker to warn of a

We found this to be a little too as the bright orange warning on the mirrors became a distraction at and at times even made it to look in the mirror (although you can dim the we couldn#8217;t figure out how).

Mercedes-Benz, BMW and many other have had similar systems in for quiet some time, much more subtle We turned lane assist off a few days.

Apart from the driving assistance gadgets, across the Touareg range is new eight-speed automatic transmission. to the 150TDI it provides smooth and allows for start-stop technology. means the Touareg can turn off when stopped and instantly back on when the time to drive away.

This helps save a amount of fuel and is incredibly for traffic situations, with implementation being pretty When you come to a set of lights and the engine will turn off, the second you let go of the brake to go for the accelerator, it will turn back on. It does this so you won’t even notice.

so, we would’ve liked to see the engine not just by monitoring brake but also the steering wheel. If you to want to move the steering when the car is in STOP mode, the lack of power steering, it rather difficult. Other have designed their technology to be responsive to steering as well as brake/accelerator pedals but is not really a major issue.

We in the petrol V6 that the Bluetooth streaming was interrupted by the start-stop very frequently, however didn’t seem to be as persistent in the

Power delivery from the V6 is smooth but can at times be a tad laggy. can be fixed if you decide to engage mode or simply work the pedal harder. The 150TDI the 0-100km/h dash in nine flat and uses 7.6L of per 100km (this will go to 7.2L/100km from MY12)

The V6 is by and large the pick of the two if fuel is not important to you. It emits a sporty sound and helps the sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.8 It does this while about 10.1L of 95RON unleaded) fuel per 100km.

You can also go for the higher spec V6 TDI (same price as petrol) provide 176kW (180kW MY12) and 550Nm of torque. results in the same 0-100km/h as the petrol but fuel consumption of 7.6L of diesel per 100km to 7.4 from MY12)

Ride and is pretty good even on surfaces and we found the cabin to be top notch thanks to very low of noise coming in from

Move inside and Volkswagen has a good job of maintaining a more cabin over its Asian and rivals. It’s no BMW or Mercedes, but it cost as much either. touch plastics are aplenty and is an excessive amount of black throughout the cabin.

There is of room in the front seats and the can accommodate three adults too much hassle.

The satellite system could be a little intuitive but it does have Bluetooth audio streaming and connectivity. We couldn’t get our iPod or to work when plugged in via the cable, but they easily for wireless music streaming.

it’s a very pleasant to be in and you’d be inclined to go for the Sports package ($1000), which you a multifunction steering wheel paddles, brushed aluminium and pedals plus scuff with aluminium inserts.

If the and the price have got you over the the next question for buying a Touareg is, which variant? The model 150TDI actually the same engine as the mid-spec but with a different tune.

The new Touareg currently on sale is the year 11, which despite the new-generation, is slightly different to the coming out later this It uses a little more and has a little less power (V6 but not enough to be a concern. All new Touaregs are at Volkswagen’s factory in Slovakia.

If budget doesn’t stretch $70,000, then the base 150TDI ($62,990) with a few is a pretty good choice. if you can spare another $15,000, the V6 and V6 TDI (both $77,990) are excellent as well. If off-roading means a lot to best to check out the Land Discovery 4. or pay $82,990 for the Touareg V6 TDI

As with all Volkswagens, safety is with the Touareg equipped nine airbags as standard. also constructed with protection as a high priority and has a braked towing capacity.

expects the vast majority of to go for one of the three diesel choices, is a good indication that are finally starting to get the benefits of

The Volkswagen Touareg is an excellent between the Asian and European It gives the technology, class and of a European SUV but has a starting price low to entice new buyers into the

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