What is it?
This is most expensive model in the recently facelifted Volkswagen Touareg line-up, all of which are now better equipped and more efficient than before.
Under the bonnet is the more powerful of two 3.0-litre V6 diesels that complete the engine line-up. It produces 258bhp and a healthy 428lb ft of torque from a usefully low 1750rpm.
As part of the revamp, the Touareg’s standard eight-speed automatic gearbox now comes with a coasting function. This, and the Touareg’s new stop-start and battery regeneration technology, mean this particular model’s emissions are down by 11g/km over its predecessor to 174g/km, while fuel economy is 2.3mpg better at 42.8mpg combined.
Outside, the facelift brings a revised front end, with new, larger bi-xenon headlights as standard, a new grille and a redesigned lower bumper and spoiler. At the back, the bumper has also been tweaked, with integrated LED foglights.
The rest of the standard equipment is impressive, too. R-Line models get more aggressive styling touches, 20-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, climate control, sat-nav, automatic headlights and wipers and front and rear parking sensors.