Volkswagen adds new entry-level diesel engine to Touareg line-up

Volkswagen has boosted the appeal of its range-topping Touareg SUV with the addition of a lower-powered diesel unit.

The 228bhp 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine is a de-tuned version of the 283bhp unit – the only engine which was available at launch. It produces 500Nm of torque and keeps the more powerful version’s CO2 emissions figure of 173g/km. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and 4Motion four-wheel-drive and a limited slip differential.

It’s available on all three of the Touareg’s trim levels – SEL, R-Line and R-Line Tech.

Prices start from £48,995 for the new model – £2,600 less than the more powerful version, which starts from £51,595.

SEL models come as standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. On the inside, it gets Vienna Black leather upholstery, a 9.2-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, Bluetooth and DAB radio.

R-Line trim adds 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, and sporty features, such as revised suspension, a gloss black rear diffuser and other different styling cues. Four-zone climate control, an electric tailgate and park assist also come with this model.

R-Line Tech is the most impressive of them all, and comes with technology such as a 15-inch infotainment display, a 12-inch digital driver’s display and 14-way adjustable front seats which also have memory function.

The third-generation of Touareg went on sale in June and is built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Group’s largest SUVs – the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, and Porsche Cayenne.

The new engine is already on sale, and is expected to be joined by a V6 petrol option later in the year.

Ted Welford


August 10, 2018

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