VW Touareg

Pros - Luxury spec with good all round performance and technology. Vast range of engines including ultra powerful V10 diesel. Great build quality. Good safety features.

Cons ? Conservative looks, especially older models. Expensive. Guzzles petrol.

Volkswagen Touareg

  • Overview VW Touareg

    This mid to big size luxury SUV is the first vehicle of its type produced by VW and it has become very successful in what is now a very crowded market.

    Starting with its worldwide introduction in 2003, the Touareg quickly became an award winning vehicle with a variety of accolades ranging from 4X4 of the Year to Best SUV. The Touareg gained more than three dozen international awards, in fact; and also, more importantly for VW, recorded more than 300,000 worldwide sales in less than four years, taking VW into an entire new market sector. The VW Touareg is an off-road vehicle with the comfort of a luxury saloon and the dynamic driving characteristics of a high performance sports car.

  • Early Touaregs

    The Touareg produced by Volkswagen since 2003 cane with standard four-wheel drive, auto locking, and low range setting activated via in-cabin controls. The first engines, from what is now a considerable range, included a 5 litre 313bhp V10 TDI turbo diesel and a 3.2 litre 220bhetrol V6. Later in 2003 the range will be expanded to include a 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo diesel and a 4.2 litre petrol V8. To help the Touareg with its sporting credentials, there was also a six speed automatic gearbox with tiptronic shifting, Formula One-style paddles behind the steering wheel. The main attraction of the engine range though was the fabulous V10 TDI. It?s powerful and has enough torque to give the Touareg superb performance. 0 to 60mph in just 7.8sec, more than two seconds quicker than its petrol version. Options to make the vehicles more capable off-road included an available air suspension system which can raise the cars ride height on command and interior switch allowing rear differential to be manually locked.

  • 2007 VW Touareg

    Latest, VW Touareg, the Altitude, boasts a head-turning sports body kit with twin chrome exhaust, tinted windows and new spoiler. This great all-round SUV can tow 3.5 tonnes, ford water up to half a metre deep and climb slopes of 45 degrees due to a host of special all-terrain solutions. Intelligent safety features include the advanced new ABSplus system which can cut braking distances by 20 per cent on rough ground. While the improved Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) now offers Active Rollover Protection (ARP), rain brake support and under-steer control logic for sharper turning performance. As well as a range of luxury improvements on the interior, including 10 speaker sound system, a major improvement for the new Touareg 2 comes from the use of the FSI fuel management system that produces more horsepower and torque for better performance while delivering more efficiency. The 3.6L VR6 FSI is rated at 280 hp; the 4.2L V8 FSI at 350 HP; and the 5.0L V10 TDI twin turbo, 310 HP with a massive 553 ft/pounds of torque. [B] [B]

    2007 Volkswagen Touareg - Standard Specification

    • Front three point-seat belt with height adjustment
    • 4 Wheel EDL (Electronic Differential Locks) allowing 100% of torque to any one wheel
    • Heat-insulating tinted glass
    • Glovebox, cooled
    • 4XMOTION, permanent four wheel drive with 50/50 torque split front and rear under normal driving conditions
    • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution) and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
    • Galvanised body
    • Alarm with interior protection
    • Hill descent assist
    • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
    • Automatic centre differential lock with manual override, that can transmit up to 100% of torque to either axle
    • Textile carpet mats, front and rear
    • Front seat side impact airbags
    • Hill start assist
    • Luggage compartment cover
    • Automatic door locking, speed-related, can be switched off
    • Touareg Unlimited - Every owner will have the opportunity to take part in a complimentary full days off-road experience. Terms and conditions will apply - please ask for full details at the time of purchase.
    • Puddle lights in the front doors
    • Illuminated sun visor mirrors
    • Isofix child seat preparation, outer rear
    • Power-assisted steering
    • Opening rear windscreen
    • Body-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators
    • Crash sensor, automatic door unlocking in an accident
    • Interior lighting: front and rear lighting and front and rear reading lights
    • Drivers and front passengers airbag with passengers airbag deactivation switch
    • Child security locks in the rear doors
    • Drivers and passengers manual seat height adjustment
    • Rear centre armrest with single storage bin
    • Chrome trimmed radiator grille surround
    • Curtain airbag system
    • Cup holders, front x 2
    • Three year / 60,000 miles warranty
    • Three rear three-point automatic seatbelts, with height adjustment on outer seats
    • Door side impact protection
    • Storage compartment, dash centre
    • Split folding rear seats 60:40
    • Electrically heated, adjustable and foldable door mirrors
    • Electric windows, front and rear
    • ESP (Electronic stabilisation programme) including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation)
    • Electric headlight height adjustment
    • First aid box and warning triangle
    • Switch for high and low range gear ratio
    • Electronic engine immobiliser
    • Three 12V sockets
    • Four adjustable air vents in rear
    • Front and rear seat belt
    • Sunglasses holder in roof lining
    • Front centre armrest with twin storage bins and bottle holder
    • Volkswagen Assistance
    • Warning buzzer and light for front seat belts unfastened
  • 2007 5.0L V10 SE 313PS 6SPS AUTO DPF

    • Engine cubic capacity - 4921
    • Combined Fuel Consumption - 22.4mpg - 12.6l/100km
    • Max Speed - 143mph - 231km/h
    • Maximum output PS - 224
    • Engine acceleration 0-62mph 7.4secs
    • Insurance Group Rating - 19

  • 2007 Touareg SE specification, including V10

    In addition to the Standard Specification

    • Automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror (V10 TDI only)
    • Alloy wheels, four 8J x 18 Valley with 255/55 R18 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts
    • 2Zone electronic climate control
    • Electrically adjustable drivers seat belt height with memory (V10 TDI only)
    • Electrically adjustable steering column with memory (V10 TDI only)
    • Engine compartment lights (V10 TDI only)
    • Electrically heated and adjustable folding door mirrors with memory (V10 TDI only)
    • Automatic headlight height adjustment (V10 TDI only)
    • Bi-xenon headlamps for dipped and main beam with dynamic curve lighting (V10 TDI only)
    • Front fog lights
    • Front and rear parking distance control (V10 TDI only)
    • CD auto-changer, 6 disc boot mounted
    • Central locking with keyless access and engine start (V10 TDI only)
    • Heated front seats
    • Chrome air intake
    • Heated windscreen washer jets (V10 TDI only)
    • Chrome side window surrounds
    • Metallic or pearl effect paint (V10 TDI only)
    • Multimedia socket, front centre armrest mounted
    • Multifunction computer with 5" colour screen
    • Coming / leaving home lighting function (V10 TDI only)
    • Chrome strip on door sill
    • Multifunction steering wheel, leather with controls for multifunction computer, cruise control and stereo options
    • Chrome trimmed radiator grille
    • Continuous Damping Control (CDC) air suspension, automatic self-levelling system, speed sensitive height adjustment. Choice of three suspension settings: sport, comfort and auto. Manual vehicle height adjustment for loading and maximum ground clearance. (V10 TDI only)
    • Rain sensor
    • Puddle lights in all doors (V10 TDI only)
    • Silver lacquered roof rack gutters (V10 TDI only)
    • Cruise control
    • Telephone preparation for Bluetooth enabled telephones (V10 TDI only)
    • Upholstery Cricket leather
    • Double sun visors (V10 only)
    • Decorative effect inlay Walnut
    • DVD navigation/radio system with 6 1/2 colour screen
    • Dusk sensor (V10 TDI only)

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