Test Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI

Volkswagen Touareg 2015_Test Drive_01Volkswagen has updated the Touareg with a redesigned front end. With the restyled radiator grille, larger headlights and new bumper the Volkswagen Touareg looks wider and more prestige.

Also the rear bumper and the diffuser, integrated between tailpipes, are redesigned. There are five new colours available for the Volkswagen Touareg. These are Light Silver Metallic, Sand Gold Metallic, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Black Oak Brown Metallic and Reef Blue Metallic. In total there are twelve exterior colours to choose from.

The redesigned interior features include the aluminium switches, which now look as though they have been milled from a solid block of metal. All buttons and switches are now being illuminated in white instead of red. This gives the interior ambience an additionally refined feel. The range of interior colours and styles of leather has been extended, while two new decorative wood trims (Sapelli Mahogany and Engineered Ebony) have been designed to match these colours.

The range of seat cover materials and wood accents have also been extended. For example, in addition to the Titanium Black, Corn Silk Beige and Nature Brown, the Vienna leather seats are now available in new dark reddish brown shade called Bonanza. The particularly refined Nappa leather can be ordered in the likewise new colour of ‘St. Tropez’ which is a light, sandy shade.

In Western Europe, Volkswagen Touareg is offered with two V6 TDI engines, a V8 TDI and a hybrid version. The power range goes from 150 kW (204 hp) to 279 kW (380 hp). We took a test drive with the 3.0-litre V6 TDI. The output of this more powerful V6 TDI has been increased from 180 kW (245 hp) to 193 kW (262 hp). The maximum torque is 580 Nm. On the road, Touareg doesn’t feel very sporty. It is more comfortable and luxurious. However, with this diesel engine, it can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds.

Volkswagen Touareg comes as standard with the 4Motion four-wheel drive system. This permanent four-wheel drive system features a self-locking Torsen transfer case and electronic differential locks (EDS) at all four wheels. Volkswagen Touareg is also equipped with an Off-road Driving Programme, which attunes the ABS, EDS and ASR to off-road use, activates Hill Descent Assist and adapts the shift points of the automatic gearbox.

If you need to drive in more challenging conditions, the new Volkswagen Touareg is also available as a Terrain Tech version. It includes a lockable centre differential with electrically controlled multi-plate lock and reduction gear (2.69:1), plus greater ground clearance (10 millimetres at the front, 15 mm at the rear). In normal operation there is a seamless, slip-dependent distribution of tractive power between front and rear axle (40:60). Additionally, it is possible to lock the centre differential in order to achieve a fixed distribution of power.