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VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG ESTATE

3.0 V6 TSI 4Motion Black Edition 5dr Tip Auto

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Volkswagen's heaviest hitter looks a stronger proposition in third generation form. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Large luxury SUVs tend to be more about style than substance. Here's one that's different, Volkswagen's much improved third generation Touareg. The original version of this car, launched in 2003 and named after a North African tribe, represented the Wolfsburg brand's first venture into the luxury SUV market and struck a chord with quite a few buyers in this segment. The second generation version, introduced in 2010, was less successful; Wolfsburg hopes to regain momentum with this, that model's successor. The prospects seem quite promising; this MK3 Touareg does, after all, use the same MLB Evo platform you'll find in Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini large SUVs. And, unlike them, it's actually quite at home off road. As before, the idea is to provide an appealing compromise between the extreme 'SUV'-ness of, say, a Toyota Land Cruiser or a Jeep Grand Cherokee. And more paved-surface-orientated large SUVs like the BMW X5 and the Mercedes GLE.

Driving Experience

Most versions of this third generation Touareg uses 3.0 V6 TDI power mated to an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. This unit's an uprated version of the powerplant offered in this model's predecessor, this time round putting out 231 or 286PS. In the perkier variant, 0-62 mph takes 6.1 seconds, and the top speed is 146mph. A 340PS 3.0-litre V6 TSI turbocharged petrol engine is the alternative and you can also talk to your dealer about a top Touareg R PHEV petrol variant with 462PS. Pulling power remains a Toureg strongpoint, the 286PS 3.0 V6 TDI unit developing up to 600Nm of torque, which will make it ideal for towers who'll particularly like Volkswagen's handy 'Trailer Assist' technology that facilitates simple slow-speed manoeuvring. For on road use with this MK3 model, Volkswagen has (for top variants) developed an active all-wheel steering set-up and a roll stabilisation system with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars. Plus there's two-chamber air suspension too, a set-up you can control via various driving modes. These range from 'Eco' and 'Comfort', through 'Individual', to 'Snow', 'Sand' and 'Off-road Expert'. Select the right setting and you'll be able to go surprisingly far off the beaten track. That'll be further aided by a centre differential lock with asymmetric dynamic torque distribution that acts as a transfer box for the flow of forces between the front and rear axle. A maximum of 70%t of the drive force reaches the front axle and up to 80% can be sent to the rear axle.

Design and Build

This third generation Touareg is yet another Volkswagen Group large luxury SUV to sit on that conglomerate's MLB Evo platform (the others being the MK2 Audi Q7, the Audi Q8, the Bentley Bentayga, the MK3 model Porsche Cayenne and the Lamborghini Urus). As before, the Touareg has just five seats but it's wider and longer than before, nearly 4.8m long, nearly 2.2m wide and over 1,7m high. There's a more dynamic look too, aided by the imposing new chromed front grille and sharper body detailing. The cabin of this MK3 model isn't quite up to Audi and Porsche levels of quality, but it feels very nice indeed and is dominated by what Volkswagen calls its 'Innovision Cockpit'. Here, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster - the 'Active Info Display' we've seen on lesser Volkswagen models - merges with the 15-inch TFT touchscreen of the latest 'Discover Premium' infotainment system to form a new digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit. Never before has a Volkswagen interior of this type been digitalised and extensively linked to the vehicle functions and outside world to such an extent. As before, there's a comfortable back seat with sliding and seat reclining options. Luggage space is huge with a 1,051mm load area length and a maximum load capacity of 810-litres (seats up) or 1,800-litres (seats down).

Market and Model

Most MK3 model Touaregs are bought with the 3.0 V6 TDI diesel engine and there are six trim levels - 'SE', 'SEL', 'SEL Tech', R-Line' and 'R-Line Tech', plus the top Touareg R PHEV petrol performance variant. Prices start at around £46,500 for this engine in 231PS form - there's a premium of around £2,600 to get it in 286PS guise. The asking figures range up to about £72,000. The 3.0 V6 TSI base petrol version starts in 'SEL' trim from about £54,000. Options include electrically adjustable front seats featuring a special pneumatic massage function with no fewer than eight programs. The intensity of the massage functions can be continuously adjusted via individual air cushions. Natural light comes in through the optionally available panoramic sliding roof - the largest yet offered by Volkswagen. The transparent roof section is 1,270mm long and 825mm wide (inner dimensions), and the front half can be continuously opened and electrically moved back by almost half a metre (495mm) and raised. Meanwhile night driving can be more pleasant thanks to an optional LED ambient light system. Using the ambient light, the atmosphere on board the Touareg can be personalised via 30 different light colours whose brightness can be adjusted. There's also an optional night vision system using a thermal imaging camera. Camera-driven safety innovations include 'Front Cross Traffic Assist' - which responds to traffic crossing in front of the car. For autonomous driving, there's 'Traffic Jam and Roadwork Lane Assist' which offers partly automated steering and lane departure warning up to 37mph, plus autonomous acceleration and braking).

Cost of Ownership

Don't expect too much here. This is, after all, a large luxury SUV that in 3.0 V6 TDI form carries a substantial 2,070kg of kerb weight. Let's get to the WLTP figures. Expect up to 34.4mpg on the combined cycle and up to 214g/km of CO2 from the V6 diesels. The 3.0 V6 TSI petrol version manages up to 26.6mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 239g/km. The top Touareg R petrol PHEV manages 94.2mpg on the combined cycle and 67g/km of CO2 and can offer an all-electric driving range of up to 28 miles. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your Touareg will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner. The TDI engines many customers will choose, like most modern diesel powerplants, get a selective catalytic reduction filter to cut down on nitrous oxide and, as with similar rival units, are designed around the injection of a urea-based solution called AdBlue into the exhaust gas stream to help clean up emissions. The liquid used is stored in a 12-litre tank mounted at the rear beneath the boot and this will need topping up as part of regular servicing.

Summary

As long as you don't need seven-seats in your large, luxury SUV, this Volkswagen is still a hard option to ignore if you're looking for an appealing balance between style, speed and 'SUV'-ness, with reasonable pricing and running costs that suggest more modest means. True, it doesn't have the brand cachet of some of its illustrious rivals - but perhaps that's no bad thing. For this car's loyal band of buyers, the Touareg's unpretentious approach is, after all, one of its biggest draws. It's a pity though, that so few of them know exactly how capable it is in the rough stuff. Of course a cynic might ask in what way a Touareg is class-leading and it would be tough to pinpoint one. Its chances of success reside in managing to convince enough people enough of the time that it covers the required bases competently. If that sounds like damning with faint praise, it's not meant to. Think of this car as an artful exercise in managing compromises instead. It's still well worth your attention and with prices now overlapping with compact SUVs, its value proposition speaks for itself.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency31.40mpg
Emissions
Emissions254.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 2D/3D map view
  • ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Audible and visual fatigue detection system
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
  • Car information display
  • Drive select with Damper control
  • Driver alert system
  • Dusk sensor
  • Dynamic road sign display camera controlled system with visual warning for traffic and road signs
  • eCall emergency system
  • Fully electric tailgate + keyless entry and start
  • Instrument cluster
  • MirrorLink
  • Multifunction camera with lane assist
  • Multifunction computer premium with 7" colour display
  • One touch indicators with repeat function
  • Park assist with area view camera
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking
  • Tailgate power latch
  • Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Voice control system
  • Wireless Smartphone charger

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
  • Gesture control for infotainment system
  • Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • SD card slot
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
  • Title and cover art display
  • Volkswagen media control

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive low beam for urban and motorway use
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Automatic headlights
  • Black anodised roof rails
  • Black door mirrors
  • Black rear diffuser
  • Black side window surrounds
  • Black upper and lower grille louvres extending into headlights and radiator grille
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured wheel arches
  • C signature gloss black front air intake
  • Chromed tailpipe on the left and right integrated in the bumper with trapezoid design
  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • Electric front tilt/slide panoramic sunroof and fixed rear sunroof
  • Electrically power adjustable, heated, folding, auto dimming, front passenger exterior door mirror lowering function
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Galvanised body
  • Gloss black finish B pillar
  • Gloss black rear diffuser
  • Headlight washers
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • IQ.Light-LED matrix headlight,daytime running light with dynamic cornering light and indicator
  • LED rear fog light
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Plastic scuff plates in door apertures
  • Poor weather light
  • Puddle lights
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear wiper

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front and rear centre console and boot
  • 2 Coat hooks on B pillar
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 3 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel including paddle shift
  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints
  • 4 way electric lumbar support
  • 4 zone climate control
  • 40:20:40 split folding slide/recline rear seat
  • B pillar vents
  • Black lower edge of door extending sills
  • Branded points of interest
  • Double sun visor for drivier and passenger with LED illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Electric luggage compartment cover
  • Folding rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front centre armrest with storage box
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Isofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Leather trimmed gear knob with gloss black inlay/aluminum trim
  • Leatherette door trim
  • LED luggage compartment lighting
  • Load through provision
  • Luggage compartment with load lashing rings
  • Plastic loading edge protection
  • Rear seat remote release levers
  • Soul black headlining
  • Stainless steel pedals

Packs

  • Innovision cockpit pack - Touareg
  • R line styling pack - Touareg

Safety

  • 3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners
  • ABS
  • Active bonnet
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • EBD + Brake Assist
  • EDL
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • ESC with ASR
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Two tone horn
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm with interior monitoring in cab, backup horn and towing protection
  • Child security locks for front and rear doors
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Torsen limited slip differential

Trim

  • Black decorative trims on the side windows
  • High gloss black centre console

Wheels

  • Temporary space saver steel spare wheel

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.46
  • CO2 (g/km)
    205
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.018
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    254
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    264
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    254
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    240
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    208
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    341
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    244

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2995
  • Compression Ratio
    11.2:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    V6
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    84.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    89
  • Engine Code
    DCBE
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    31.4
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    38.7
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    23.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    11.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    11.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    11.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    10.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    15
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    10.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    25.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    24.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    25.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    26.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    18.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    26.2

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    340
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    V6 TSI 4 Motion
  • Coin Series
    Black Edition
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    43E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    89
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    86
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    81
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    340
  • Engine Power - KW
    250
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5300
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    332
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    45.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    450
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1340
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    285/40 R21
  • Tyre Size Rear
    285/40 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    SUZUKA
  • Wheel Type
    21" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1702
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1740
  • Length
    4878
  • Wheelbase
    2904
  • Width
    1984
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2193

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    75
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2790
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1800
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    810
  • Max. Loading Weight
    845
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1945
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.2
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  • Full Warranties
  • Price Match Promise

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Customer Reviews

   
Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

"a month ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"2 weeks ago"

Emily Evans

Emily Evans

"I'm so impressed with the level of service that I have been provided with by both Ryan and Holly. All of my questions were answered quickly and clearly, my new car is absolutely beautiful and I can't believe how quick delivery was! Thank you so much guys! :)"

"a month ago"

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"Can’t rate Silverstone Fleet Management Highly enough. Everyone I have spoken to has been very efficient and exceptionally helpful in finding me a great car at an fantastic price! I’ve had 2 cars from them and will be coming back in the future for more."

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Paul Broomham

Paul Broomham

"The team at Silverstone have been brilliant, my journey started with Ryan who looked after me initially and provided all the quotes on different vehicles, lease lengths & mileage options he never lost interest and was always there to tweak as I needed, nothing was too much trouble. The order process was simple and I was kept up to date all the way through. Holly then picked up my account and was nothing short of amazing! She has the patience of a saint, keeping me updated on the phone, email and through the vehicle tracker all the while dealing with me and my constant questions! A few teething issues on delivery but all down to Tesla and as soon as I asked for help Holly stepped up to help get them all sorted! I would highly recommend to anyone!"

"6 months ago"

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