Prices for the new Touareg start at £43,000 (RRP OTR), rising to £47,500. Two engine choices are available – a 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 201bhp and a 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 258bhp. Thanks to the introduction of a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system using AdBlue, low-rolling resistance tyres and a coasting function on the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox, both engines are complaint with Euro 6 emissions legislation. The 201bhp engine now emits just 173 g/km of CO2, 11 g/km less than before, putting it in a lower VED band than before, and also making for a two per cent benefit in kind taxation reduction for company car drivers.
On the outside, the new Touareg features revised bumpers and grilles, new alloy wheel designs, new colours and bi-xenon headlights as standard. Inside, the front seats now come with standard lumbar support, and there are two new optional wood trims – ‘Sapelli Mahogany’ and ‘Engineered Ebony’, while the optional Nappa leather upholstery in the R-Line model is now available in two-tone Flint Grey and Titan Black. An automatic post-collision braking system also becomes standard across the range.
Three trim levels are available. The range starts with the SE, which features a comprehensive specification including 19-inch ‘Salvador’ alloy wheels; RNS 850 satellite navigation with eight-inch touchscreen, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth; 2Zone climate control; ‘Cricket’ leather upholstery’; bi-xenon headlights; front fog lights; parking sensors and chrome roof rails.
The Escape model features an advanced 4XMOTION off-road four-wheel drive system, with 50:50 torque split and centre and rear axle mechanical differential locks; higher off-road suspension; 18-inch ‘Karakum’ alloy wheels; 100-litre fuel tank (85 litres is standard on SE); underbody protection; black roof rails and a headlight cleaning system.
The top-of-the-range Touareg R-Line features an R-Line body kit with bespoke bumpers front and rear, sill extensions and wheel arch extensions; 20-inch ‘Tarragona’ alloy wheels; lowered sports suspension; LED daytime running lights and a panoramic glass sunroof. Inside is a black roof lining; bespoke R-Line seats and aluminium-look pedals, while enhanced equipment includes a heated steering wheel; electrically operated tailgate and keyless entry and start.
|Trim||Engine/transmission||Combined mpg||CO2 (g/km)||Price (£), RRP OTR|
|SE||3.0-litre 201 BHP TDI 8-speed automatic||42.8||173||43,000|
|SE||3.0-litre 258 BHP TDI 8-speed automatic||42.8||174||44,500|
|Escape||3.0-litre 258 BHPTDI 8-speed automatic||40.9||180||44,700|
|R-Line||3.0-litre 201 BHP TDI 8-speed automatic||42.8||173||46,000|
|R-Line||3.0-litre 258 BHP 8-speed automatic||42.8||174||47,500|