New VW Touareg range priced in the UK; order books now open; first deliveries in October
15 June 2010

The new Volkswagen Touareg will cost from £38,255 in the UK, the company has confirmed.

The new Touareg is more than 200kg lighter than the outgoing model, despite an increase in length of 20mm. VW also claims the range is now 20 per cent more efficient.

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Three powertrains will be available in the UK: the 237bhp 3.0-litre V6 TDI, the 335bhp 4.2-litre V8 TDI and the 375bhp petrol-electric 3.0-litre TSI Hybrid. All models come equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

In £38,255 entry-level SE guise, the V6 TDI model has combined fuel economy of 38.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 195g/km. By comparison, the £54,995 Hybrid has fuel economy of 34.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 193g/km.

VW expects the entry-level model to be the biggest seller.

Standard equipment includes leather seats, a touchscreen sat-nav with DAB radio and burr walnut interior trim.

The car is now available to order in the UK and the first examples will be delivered to customers in October. The order books for the Hybrid open next month.

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15 June 2010

Sounds expensive to me when its Sister ? car the Porshe Cayenne is only 4k more or dont they share much now .

15 June 2010

[quote Old Toad]

Sounds expensive to me when its Sister ? car the Porshe Cayenne is only 4k more or dont they share much now .

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Touareg and Cayenne are blood-brothers. If you want a diesel save £6k and buy the Touareg(identical powertrain to Cayenne Diesel); it also has an off-road pack option unavailable on the Cayenne. If you want a rapid petrol SUV buy the V8 Porsche. If you want a frontal lobotomy buy the Range Rover 'Sport' diesel for £8k extra.

Come on Sutcliffe, Prior et al, let's be having that obvious giant test between base diesel R/R Sport, Touareg, Cayenne and X5.

15 June 2010

[quote nicksheele]Touareg and Cayenne are blood-brothers. If you want a diesel save £6k and buy the Touareg(identical powertrain to Cayenne Diesel); it also has an off-road pack option unavailable on the Cayenne. If you want a rapid petrol SUV buy the V8 Porsche. If you want a frontal lobotomy buy the Range Rover 'Sport' diesel for £8k extra - before satnav. [/quote]

What about Q7? Of course by buying the Rangy Sport you are buying a proper 4x4, not an elongated, jacked up Golf. Also, if you bought a Touareg, you'd be laughed at on the Kings Road/outside the Botanist.

15 June 2010

[quote marj]What about Q7?[/quote]

Fair enough. Half a cycle model replacement behind compared to Touareg/Cayenne but with novelty of 'Clean Diesel' diesel engine and superb supercharged petrols, so yeah, should be included.

[quote marj]the Rangy Sport you are buying a proper 4x4, you'd be laughed at on the Kings Road/outside the Botanist. [/quote]

er, d'ya see what you've done there? You've contradicted the raison d'etre for 'proper 4x4s'. These psycho 'sport' trucks, driven by sad pr*cks, are generally driven on-road, as you say, on the Kings Road, by John Terry-wannabes. The fact that the firm that makes one of these psycho trucks - Land Rover - is about to make a vehicle badged Range Rover, that has two-wheel, front-wheel drive, a faux-off roader, seems to have escaped you.

15 June 2010

[quote marj]Of course by buying the Rangy Sport you are buying a proper 4x4, not an elongated, jacked up Golf.[/quote]

elongated, jacked up Golf, eh? You won't see too many of these on the Kings Road:

[media]http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2010/06/race-touareg-1-128...

[media]http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2010/06/race-touareg-5-128...

How many RR Sports have won/done the Paris-Dakar?

15 June 2010

[quote Autocar]The new Touareg is more than 200kg lighter than the outgoing model[/quote]

Credit where credit is due. Well done VW. [quote Autocar]more than 200kg lighter [/quote]

In fact, bloody well done VW.

[quote Autocar]despite an increase in length of 20mm.[/quote]

Would be more impressed if they started a trend to make their cars 20mm smaller. Does anyone feel the car they are in at the moment needs to be a tad bigger. Not having a pop at VW, all the other manufacturers are just as bad..

15 June 2010

£38,000 for base model??- Overpriced.

As I previous Touareg owner, I won't be buying one. VW promised owners superior service, failed to deliver. Residuals have been poor as well.

At least the Mk1 had a bespoke interior and different looks, along with off road abilities. The mk2 seems overpriced, an exterior and interior similar to golfs and if you want the 'offroad' pack over £40k....

Personal advice, spend the extra and buy a X5/ML or if you need the 4x4 a LR. Or wait and buy a used one, makes a lot more sense!.

15 June 2010

[quote Maj1c]

£38,000 for base model??- Overpriced.

As I previous Touareg owner, I won't be buying one. VW promised owners superior service, failed to deliver. Residuals have been poor as well.

At least the Mk1 had a bespoke interior and different looks, along with off road abilities. The mk2 seems overpriced, an exterior and interior similar to golfs and if you want the 'offroad' pack over £40k....

Personal advice, spend the extra and buy a X5/ML or if you need the 4x4 a LR. Or wait and buy a used one, makes a lot more sense!.

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'overpriced' - in relation to what?

'interior similar to golfs' - and that's meant to be a bad thing?

looks really tragic:

[media]http://cdn.images.autocar.co.uk/612x408FFFFFF/Car/Volkswagen/Touareg/Vol...

'buy an X5/ML' - the X5 30d is £6k more and less capable off-road than a standard Touareg. the ML is over the hill, with a brand new model due in less than 12 months with majorly updated engines

'the 4x4 a LR' - a Touareg 'Escape', at £39.5k would piss all over the £46k R/R Sport TDV6 off-road. Not only is it a half-ton lighter its 4XMOTION four wheel drive system has a lowrange box, locking centre and rear diffs, increased ground clearance, better approach and departure angles, underbody protection and long-range 100 litre fuel tank. If you are so sure the LR is 'the 4x4' let's have Autocar do a proper comaprison test of the Touareg Escape and the seven grand more R/Rover. That might shut the pathetic bleaters up once and for all.

15 June 2010

nicksheele; please do your biography! you seem to know lots about most car companies. Good input to most forums (especially the New Jetta and the VW strategy)

17 June 2010

[quote nicksheele]

'overpriced' - in relation to what?

Other prestige 4x4, just take a look at what one is worth after 3 years of ownership compared to say an X5.

'interior similar to golfs' - and that's meant to be a bad thing?

It is when it's costing the best part of 40k, the previous Touareg shared interior parts with the Phaeton,Bentley GT.

looks really tragic:

[media]http://cdn.images.autocar.co.uk/612x408FFFFFF/Car/Volkswagen/Touareg/Vol...

'buy an X5/ML' - the X5 30d is £6k more and less capable off-road than a standard Touareg. the ML is over the hill, with a brand new model due in less than 12 months with majorly updated engines

'the 4x4 a LR' - a Touareg 'Escape', at £39.5k would piss all over the £46k R/R Sport TDV6 off-road. Not only is it a half-ton lighter its 4XMOTION four wheel drive system has a lowrange box, locking centre and rear diffs, increased ground clearance, better approach and departure angles, underbody protection and long-range 100 litre fuel tank. If you are so sure the LR is 'the 4x4' let's have Autocar do a proper comaprison test of the Touareg Escape and the seven grand more R/Rover. That might shut the pathetic bleaters up once and for all.

Why choose a RR Sport, surely a Discovery is a better measure?

You seem to have a lot of facts, but never stated you OWNED one.

Are you a motoring journalist that has driven the yet (unreleased) new model?- u seem convinced about it's ability. I can't state either way whether or not 'would piss all over' anything...

At the end of the day, I am not quoting figures, I put my money where my mouth is and bought a new one and in my opinon it is not a sensible buy unless used.

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