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Blessed with an epic powertrain, but still too much money for a Touareg

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Touareg
The Mk2 model, also based on the Porsche Cayenne, is lighter, roomier and more economical than the first

The second-generation Volkswagen Touareg has gone on a diet and become more efficient

20 September 2011

What is it?

Peculiar as it is that Volkswagen has brought a 335bhp 4.2-litre V8 TDI to sit above the 328bhp petrol-electric hybrid model in the UK line-up, it has done. But the good news is that the diesel makes for a substantially more cohesive and enjoyable drive.

Of course, similar as the power outputs are on the two most indulgent Touareg models, the diesel produces a monstrous 590lb ft to the hybrid’s 325lb ft, and therefore is substantially faster to 62mph at 5.8sec.

What's it like?

In practice, the immediate and potent mid-range response is more rewarding than any sprint ability. Fitted with the company’s excellent eight-speed auto ’box, the powertrain provides exactly the sort of smooth, over-indulgent experience that this car needs if it’s to come close to justifying its £60k price tag.

But while the engine is seriously good the optional air suspension’s ride quality isn’t perfect. Acceptable, certainly, but lumpy over urban roads and with some fairly unsettled body control. It smooths out on motorways, where it serves as a seriously effective tourer, but even with this ability, allied to the responsive handling and the delight of having nearly 600lb ft under your right foot, the Tourag V8 never quite feels like the £60k car it is.

This is partly down to the interior, which has an appealing sense of quality but lacks the sumptuous finish that you get in the more premium brands. But in reality the price is simply beyond what you would expect to pay for a VW Touareg.

Should I buy one?

In isolation it is thoroughly likeable, but the excellent powertrain is not enough to justify the £15k premium it holds over the equivalent 3.0 TDI V6 Touareg. Or, more notably for those after something a little bit more special, the £13k you’ll pay for this over the new Porsche Cayenne Diesel.

Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI Altitude

Price: £59,580; Top speed: 150mph; 0-62mph: 5.8sec; Economy: 31mpg; CO2: 239g/km; Kerb weight: 2297kg; Engine: V8, 4134cc, turbodiesel; Power: 335bhp at 4000rpm; Torque: 590lb ft at 1750rpm; Gearbox: 8-spd auto

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23 September 2011

I must admit, I have to agree with the report and struggle to see why other than ultimate power you would choose this over the three litre model or its Porsche relation.

The engine may be good but the performance and figures aren't sufficiently different to warrant the extra money.

As for the rest of the car, it's just very VW and who wants to spend fifty eight and a chunk thousand on a VW? The irony being, if VW had let Porsche have the engine and they'd stuck it in a Cayenne then it probably would have sold by the bucket load!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

23 September 2011

I really like this engine. It does sterling service in the A8 and love performance possible from such a large machine. If I were in the market for a £60k 4x4 I'd get one of these instead of the Autocar regulation Range Rover.

I think we've got a bit too used to the twinkly, gordy competition for this car to the point where if it's not a big gob show off then it doesn't 'feel' expensive. I'd prefer not to shout about it, get one in black and laugh at 5.0 Supercharged Range Rover owners as they disappear in the rear view mirror.


23 September 2011

[quote bomb] as they disappear in the rear view mirror[/quote]

Why? Have they broken down?

DKW

23 September 2011

[quote speckyclay]

[quote bomb] as they disappear in the rear view mirror[/quote]

Why? Have they broken down?

[/quote] +1. Sorry Bomb, it's just not going to happen. RR chassis alone would leave this tripping over itself in the rear view mirror. Then there's the matter of 500 hp against the VW's 335.

23 September 2011

I'd love to run one of these. It's not too incinspicuous, and you could surprise a few sportscars. It pulls off the same trick as the Phaeton, by being classy yet classless.

289

23 September 2011

[quote speckyclay]Why? Have they broken down?[/quote]

...quite possibly knowing LR products!

I think this is a very appealing car, and could possibly tempt me out of a chain of ML's

I very nearly fell for the charms of the V10 TDI, but in the end was put off by mid 20's fuel consumption and dire warnings from engineers about the complexity of the V10 lump.

I like V8's though and the fuel consumption on this is very good...anything over 30mpg i find respectable in a full fat 4x4.

I really dislike the 'wag' trinkety style that is LR/RR products of late, hate the look of the Cayenne, dont like the Audi image, and hate Japanese cars, so I find the quiet understated looks of the Tiguan just right. This would be my choice when it is 2 years old and half price.

I think it is a mistake to look at the 0-60 mph figures and judge its value over the V6 based on that...with large capacity engines it is the lazy low revs ability to effortlessly execute an overtake or to waft up long inclines on the motorway which makes them so appealing...the old V10 was amazing like that, and I think this will be every bit as good looking at the torque figures...just less complicated and less thirsty.

I think the price is unimportant. those prepared to buy a car @ £60k, knowing it will lose value overnight- dont care, and for those of us who like 2-3 year old bargains this will fit the bill nicely!

BTW, why do Autocar insist on taking photo's of 4x4's cornering on their door handle?, I dont know a single 4x4 owner (without a Burberry baseball cap) who drives their car like that...its not relevant and not clever. Grow-up Autocar!

23 September 2011

[quote 289]I find the quiet understated looks of the Tiguan just right. [/quote]

The car in question is the Touareg. Not the Tiguan!

23 September 2011

[quote Fidji]

[quote 289]I find the quiet understated looks of the Tiguan just right. [/quote]

The car in question is the Touareg. Not the Tiguan!

[/quote]

And there in lies part of the problem with this car.....

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

23 September 2011

[quote TegTypeR]

[quote Fidji]

[quote 289]I find the quiet understated looks of the Tiguan just right. [/quote]

The car in question is the Touareg. Not the Tiguan!

[/quote]

And there in lies part of the problem with this car.....

[/quote]

It could be considered a problem, Teg, but I think of it more as a way of making it a much more subtle SUV. I'd have it over a Cayenne in a heartbeat; that Porsche is even uglier than it used to be before last year's facelift. I can see where you are coming from regarding the price for a car that looks like this though.

23 September 2011

[quote DKW]Sorry Bomb, it's just not going to happen[/quote]

We'll agree to disagree on who'd leave who behind, although, if I'm being fair, these aren't the products for that sort of driving. Yes, the RR has the XFR engine but it's saddled with the old 6-speed 'box and is at a serious weight, torque and aero disadvantage. Despite it's 170 PS power advantage it's half a second slower to 100 km/h which says it all really.

The £27k price difference and not being object of ridicule would seal the deal for me!


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