Ordering has opened for the new Volkswagen Touareg, with prices starting from £51,595 – or from £499 a month for those buying on a PCP.
The new Touareg, which is derived from the same high-end SUV architecture as the Audi Q7 (prices from £51,425) and the Bentley Bentayga (prices from £137,615), is being launched in a three-variant range, all using the same 286hp 3.0 V6 TDI SCR diesel engine (the launch Q7 is a weedy 218hp engine – the 272hp version costs from £57,785).
However, if even £51k still sounds rather steep, it’s Volkswagen’s Solutions PCP plan to the rescue. Yes, you have to put down a deposit of £10,459, but Volkswagen will add a cool £3,000 to this. Over 47 months, the new car costs £499 a month, with a £22k final payment. Mileage limit? Ten thousand a year.
This 3.3 percent APR deal’s on the £55,095 mid-range R-Line model too, adding to its appeal. The fully-stocked R-Line Tech priced from £58,195. All do 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds, 146mph, and can average 42.8mpg. All come as standard with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
A 231hp version of the engine follows from the autumn, with a lower, likely-sub-£50k price tag (and possibly an even cheaper PCP deal). A pricier 340hp turbo V6 petrol is due in early 2019. Volkswagen is also planning a plug-in hybrid version.
The all-new VW Touareg
Alison Jones, director of Volkswagen UK, said: “The new Touareg signals yet another important development in Volkswagen’s growing SUV line-up.
“Our suite of new models, headed by Touareg, arrives on the market as SUV sales continue to accelerate in the UK and I’m confident our new flagship model will make a big impact here.”
Volkswagen is particularly proud of the Touareg’s new Innovision Cockpit option. This combines the 12-inch Active Info Display instrument cluster with the 15-inch TFT touchscreen Discover Premium infotainment system. “Never before has a Volkswagen interior… been digitalised and extensively linked to the vehicle functions and outside world to such an extent”. It’s new-era stuff, insists the firm.
There’s a load more tech beneath the surface too, including active all-wheel steering, active roll stabilisation and partially-automated driving in roadworks.
You certainly get a lot of metal for your money. At 4,878mm, it’s 77mm longer than before, and 44mm wider, although it’s 7mm lower to the ground. Inside, the five-seat Touareg has a stupendous 810-litre boot, which stretches to 1,800 litres with the seats down. No wonder even the basic model weighs more than two tonnes…
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