Nowhere is Volkswagens gradual move upmarket more apparent than its ability to shift forty-grand SUVs like the Touareg.
The handsome off-roader is now a staple of the VW range and those wishing for a bit more aggression in their SUV can get their hands on the Touareg R-Line.
R-Line sits below full R models on VWs sporting hierarchy, but in the absence of a Touareg R, this is as sporty as it gets. Based on the Touareg Altitude, the R-Line will set you back an extra 750, despite over 4,000 worth of extra kit.
That starts with the R-Line body kit. Deeper front and rear bumpers and side skirts give the Touareg a squat stance, enhanced by the 20-inch Tarragona alloy wheels. R-Line badges embellish the front wings and standard bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are also standard.
Like every Touareg, leather interior trim is standard - to which the R-Line adds branded sill plates, a full-length electric panoramic glass sunroof, keyless entry and start, and an electric tailgate.
An 8-inch touchscreen with sat-nav and audio is also standard, as is a stop-start system to save you a few bob on fuel. To that end, the 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine is available in either 204PS or 245PS power outputs. The former achieves 39.2 mpg combined, the latter a marginally better 40.4. In terms of Vehicle Excise Duty, thats 250 per year and 215 per year respectively.
The former also gets to 60mph in a sprightly 7.6 seconds, the latter in 9 seconds - so neither should be too embarrassed by the R-Line badging!
Priced from: 44,025 (204 PS), 45,645 (245 PS)
On sale from: Now
Okay, so large, heavy off-roaders arent the last word in sport, but for buyers the benefit here is all that extra kit for not a lot of extra money. If the beefed-up looks appeal to you then 750 isnt a lot to pay over the next model down - and youll still get the same 40 mpg economy. Touaregs already score well with the critics, so if youve had your eye on one for a while, now could be the time to buy.
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