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Volkswagen Touareg ready to tour


THE Volkswagen brand is certainly one that continues to grow as it refreshes its model line-up. We’ve already seen the Polo and the Polo Vivo go under the knife this year and it seems like the biggest SUV in the VW stable is the latest addition to get a new face.

Marketed as a luxuriously comfortable SUV, there’s no disputing the Touareg’s reputation. But everything starts to age and the VW Touareg needed a midlife makeover to still be relevant. The upgrades might be subtle but they immediately improve the overall enhancement of this capable off-roader.

→ Cosmetics

From the outside, this VW sports a redesigned front and rear end. The front bumper now boasts a more aggressive look to help build on the athletic stance, which is complemented by the redesigned bi-Xenon headlights, standard across
the range.

A newly reworked set of taillights grace the rear, while adding to the athletic stance, the Touareg also gets a new set of shoes in the form of stylish alloy wheels namely: Senora (17-inch), Arica (18-inch), Everest (19-inch), Masafi (20-inch) and Talladega (20-inch for optional R-Line package). 

→ Interior

The modern look is brought to life by new touch and feel components in the form of aluminium switches, which now illuminate with a white glow. The range of interior colours have also been updated.

→ Power range

“Why fix what ain’t broke?” as the saying goes and VW has decided to stick with its tried and trusted engine range, which includes petrol and diesel variants to cater for all needs.

The 3.6-litre V6 FSI with 206kW offers more than enough pull for this vehicle, however, for the oil burner fans the 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 180kW makes a welcomed return as does the big brethren and the all-so-mighty 4.2-litre V8 TDI with 250kW and offers a power hungry drive in complete comfort. All engines come standard with the renowned eight-speed automatic transmission.

→ Behind the wheel

Getting behind the wheel of the Touareg, you immediately notice the cocoon of luxury you’re  engulfed in. While I will admit not much has changed in terms of interior appointments, this VW’s touch, finish and build quality is, should I say, expected and the Germans know how to make cars.

The Touareg is no different and the seats are manufactured with ride quality in mind. Having spent the better part of five hours in the saddle of this big steed, it was never an overwhelming or tiring drive. And the reworked user-interface means there are more standard features available as well as the welcomed arrival of a USB port.

Enjoying the drive, I placed the big V8 giant into Cruise Control mode, where it merely lapped up the long road with complete ease, while delivering a comfortable ride setup as the suspension let very few bumps permeate through the cabin.

The introduction of new safety features like Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard, and the optional new generation of the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) do help put your mind at ease when driving, given the sheer size of this German.

The new Touareg comes standard with a three-year/120 000km manufacturer’s warranty and a five-year/100 000km automotion maintenance plan.  All models have a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and 15 000km service intervals.

→ Pricing

3.6 V6 FSI Elegance  R709 100
3.0 V6 TDI Luxury R796 500
3.0 V6 TDI Escape R822 100
4.2 V8 TDI Executive R990 600


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