One of the biggest reasons for the Volkswagen Touareg‘s sales success is the fact it offers similar space and performance as the BMW X5, but for less money. That was the idea when it was launched in 2003, and this latest model looks to build on that philosophy.
To see exactly how it measures up in terms of size and space, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the Touareg’s interior and exterior dimensions. Use this guide to see if the Touareg will fit in your garage or simply carry all the luggage you need to transport.
The weight of the latest Touareg has been significantly reduced from pervious models for improved efficiency, but the vehicle itself is actually bigger than before. It’s an impressive feat to cut the weight by more than 200kg, while increasing the wheelbase by some 40mm.
By increasing the external dimensions of the Touareg, VW has created more room inside the cabin than ever before. This means rear seat passengers don’t get a raw deal, and there’s enough room for adults to feel comfortable on long journeys.
|Front headroom (with sunroof)||1,005mm (1,014mm)|
|Rear headroom (with sunroof)||989mm (984mm)|
|Front elbow width||1,549mm|
|Rear elbow width||1,511mm|
Turning circle and fuel tank capacity
Vehicles like the Touareg aren’t normally renowned for their maneuverability in tight spaces. But with a turning circle of 11.9m, the Volkswagen is a long way from being a supertanker when it comes to turning around in a restricted area.
Even though the Touareg continues to become ever more fuel-efficient, it’s always going to be a lot more thirsty than a Polo. It’s hardly a surprise then that it comes with either an 85 or 100-litre fuel tank depending on model.
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Escape model)||85 litres (100 litres)|
Vehicle weight and towing weights
Every one of the new Touareg models is lighter than before by at least 203kg. Some models are even as much as 223kg lighter than before, which really is a considerable saving that has a big effect on economy and performance.
With the Touareg being exactly the type of vehicle you’ll buy if you need to tow something, we’ve also included the towing capacities so you’ll know if it’s up to the job.
|Unladen weight (Escape model)||2,185kg (2,251kg)|
|Gross vehicle weight (Escape model)||2,880kg (2,900kg)|
|Payload (Escape model)||770kg (724kg)|
|Braked trailer load limit (12% incline)||3,500kg|
|Unbraked trailer load limit||750kg|
Save money on the Volkswagen Touareg
Use our VW Touareg configurator to see how much you could save on the list price of a new one. If you’re not convinced it’s the car for you then head over to our car chooser, which will help you narrow down all the cars on sale to ones that fit your needs.