What am I looking at?
This is the facelifted Volkswagen Touareg. It’s had a few nips and tucks, and the engine range has been simplified. It’s just gone on sale.
So what’s new?
The new model features an updated front with new headlights, re-styled fog lights, new alloy wheel designs and a front bumper that has been modified to give a subtly refreshed look – it’s not a dramatic change, but brings it a bit more in line with Volkswagen’s family face. There are also some revisions to the inside, with a couple of new wood trims available and the Nappa leather upholstery in the R-Line model now coming in a two-tone combination of Titan Black and Flint Grey.
There will be SE, Escape and R-Line trim levels to choose from, each of which is more generously equipped than previous incarnations. Rather than a raft of different engines, you’ll be able to get the new Touareg with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine in either 201hp or 258hp formats (the latter is up from 242hp in the old model), with all models being paired up with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen claims that the big engine’s fuel economy has been improved, and CO2 emissions are down to 174g/km, bringing it down a tax band.
How much will it cost?
Prices start at £43,000 for the SE 3.0-litre 201hp, rising to £47,500 for the R-Line 3.0-litre 262hp model.
The SE trim comes with satellite navigation via an eight-inch touchscreen, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth, climate control, leather upholstery, bi-xenon headlights, front fog lights and parking sensors.
The middle trim level, Escape, adds four-wheel drive, a bigger fuel tank, underbody protection, raised suspension and smaller alloy wheels. This is clearly the trim level to go for if you actually plan on taking your Touareg off road, and will cost from £44,700.
The R-Line costs £3,000 or £4,500 more than SE, depending on whether you go for the 201 or 262hp engines respectively. You get 20-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, an electric boot, a panoramic glass sunroof and lowered suspensions for a sportier look.
it would be hard to make much of a case for going for a higher spec. However, as the R-Line is only £3,000 more in 204 PS guise and £4,500 more than the SE with the bigger 262 PS engine, this is one vehicle where the top of the range model could turn out to be the most popular.
When can I have one?
The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg is now on sale, and the first deliveries are expected to arrive in November.