The Volkswagen Touareg is large and spacious luxury SUV. Designed to go up against the likes of the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, it offers high levels of equipment and ride quality. Even at this end of the market, there’s still a huge variety of specifications to choose from, which is why we’ve picked three of the best, taking into account three different price points.
The smart choice for saving money – Touareg SE
The SE sits at the bottom of the Touareg range, but at £43,935 without options it still has an impressive amount of standard technology.
First and foremost, the SE features permanent four-wheel-drive, which means that it is incredibly capable on all manner of terrain. It also provides excellent traction in everyday situations, such as on damp roads or when wet leaves make driving a little more difficult.
This four-wheel-drive system is sent to the road through 19-inch ‘Salvador’ wheels. On the exterior of the car, there are a variety of elements that give the Touareg a premium look an feel. Matt finish roof rails, for instance, are both good looking and functional, while gloss B pillars are a feature found on even more premium vehicles.
You’ll also find electrically heated, adjustable and foldable wing mirrors, alongside angular chrome plated exhaust tail pipes.
Inside, leather comes as standard. You’ll also find a full touchscreen navigation system, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a DAB digital radio. In terms of technology, even the SE offers enough to keep button-pushers happy.
The smart choice for those on a budget – Touareg R-Line
The Touareg R-Line sits above the SE, and builds on the standard car’s already high levels of standard equipment.
Outside, the 19-inch alloys found on the SE have been upgraded to 20-inch ‘Tarragona’ units, while the exterior has been lifted with the help of re-designed front and rear bumpers, as well as sportier sideskirts. A panoramic sunroof is now included, which helps lighten the cabin and provides a wind-in-your-hair feel when the weather is warmer.
Small R-Line exterior badges on the front grille also help separate the R-Line from the rest of the range.
The R-Design features keyless entry and keyless start, allowing drivers to open and start the car without needing to even take the vehicle’s key out of their pocket.
Inside, you’ll find gloss black surrounds for the centre console, as well as a leather trimmed gear knob and aluminium-look pedals. Matt chrome air vent surrounds also add to the all-important premium feel for the interior.
From £46,995 the R-Line is a step up from the SE, but does represent a good purchase overall when taking into consideration the amount of equipment that comes as standard with it.
The smart choice for technophiles – Touareg R-Line Plus
The R-Line Plus retains the sporty looks of the standard R-Line, but throws in even more standard equipment. Coming in at £48,095 without extras, the R-Line Plus is the most expensive car in the range, but marks the greatest amount of included technology.
It’s a very similar story to the standard R-Line on the exterior of the car, with a re-designed bodykit still included alongside a stainless steel load sill protector in the boot. Bi-xenon headlights sit at the front of the car, and these have automatic range adjustment as well as LED running lights. There’s also tinted glass from the B pillar backwards, too.
Inside, a heated steering wheel with paddle shifts allows the driver to select a desired gear from the 8-speed automatic gearbox. Gloss black surrounds are now used on the dash and centre console, and a black roof lining helps finish off the car’s interior look.
Although expensive, the R-Line Plus represents exceptional value for money, as well as decent off-road capability.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
May 6, 2016