Volkswagen Touareg 170TDI review: price, specifications, driving impressions

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Volkswagen has relaunched its large SUV sales with an updated version of its Touareg that is thousands of dollars cheaper than the outgoing model.

The new-look SUV starts at $95,000 (entry-level 170TDI), a few thousand less than the previous model. However, it remains one of the more expensive vehicles for a mainstream brand.

The entry-level model features larger screens throughout the dashboard, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ambient lighting, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone ventilation, a power tailgate, wireless phone charging, heated front seats and power-adjustable front seats with memory settings for the driver.

The Touareg also features LED lights that can illuminate pedestrians and the road ahead of the vehicle without dazzling oncoming traffic.

Design tweaks include new bumpers and a distinctive LED light bar front and rear, including an illuminated logo on the back.

Real leather and wood predominate inside, and the attention to detail in the cabin is in no way inferior to luxury brands.

The 170TDI is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel with 170 kW/500 Nm, coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Step up to the $110,000 210TDI Elegance and you get an extra 40kW/100Nm, plus 20-inch wheels, air suspension, higher-quality leather and ventilated front seats with massage function.

The 210TDI R-Line with the same engine costs about $120,000 and features unique bumpers for a sportier look, as well as rear-wheel steering and active anti-roll bars for better handling.

In addition, for $140,000, there is also the Touareg R plug-in hybrid, which is the brand’s most powerful car and embodies the brand’s largest SUV by combining a V6 turbo with an electric motor to generate 340 kW.

In all variants, the Touareg only has five seats, despite strong competition, which also includes seven-seat versions.

The Touareg offers generous space on each seat and the front passengers have supportive cushions and useful storage options.

The huge touchscreen is vibrant and clear and combined with the high-quality workmanship offers luxury in every way except the emblem.

If you can overlook this, you will find attractive offers compared to similarly expensive mid-range SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5.

On the road, the 170TDI underlines this luxury positioning; it doesn’t hurt that it shares basic architecture with fancier vehicles, including the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus.

The cabin is elegant and quiet and the ride is wonderfully controlled for a comfort-focused SUV.

High-profile tires help cushion hard edges, but the sporty suspension setup means you’ll feel road bumps.

And while it doesn’t have the initial turn-in precision of Touaregs on more aggressive tires, it’s certainly capable and competent, making it a great tourer that still delivers engaging dynamics.

The diesel engine fits well with the relaxed character of the car and operates with effortless thrust and impressive smoothness in the lower rev range.

The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly but likes to shift into higher gears.

This is not a problem in everyday life, but on winding sections it is worth taking over manually to avoid unwanted gear changes.

If you select the “Sport” setting on the drive mode dial, the steering becomes heavier and the gear change patterns are more precise.

The stated fuel consumption of 7.3 litres per 100 km means that you can easily drive over 1,000 km on one tank of fuel.

With a towing capacity of 3,500 kg, the Touareg is an insider tip for anyone who wants to embark on a great adventure.

AT A GLANCE

Volkswagen Passat 1.6 TDI

PRICE From around 95,000 US dollars

WARRANTY/MAINTENANCE Five years/unlimited km, $3500 for five years

SECURITY Eight airbags, automatic emergency braking, blind spot and lane departure warning, rear cross traffic warning with braking function, fatigue detection, speed sign recognition

ENGINE 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel, 170 kW/500 Nm

THIRST 7.3 l/100km

SPARE PART Space-saving

BAGGAGE 810 liters

VERDICT

Four stars

With its high-quality cabin and impressive driving experience, it can easily compete with the more flashy luxury brands.

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