Volkswagen vehicles should work somewhat tougher in India. In our market, which is dominated by Asian manufacturers that focus extra on delivering most bang-for-buck worth above all else, VW has all the time caught to its weapons and put engineering, expertise and that fastidiously German construct high quality first. Consequently, VWs are usually dearer, and whereas that received’t put them on the bestsellers record every month, it has earned them an unique clientele that may settle for nothing lower than the premium expertise they unquestionably supply. However that’s within the mass-market segments; what occurs whenever you put a VW amongst full-on luxurious vehicles? Positive, the Passat and Tiguan are already knocking on the expensive doorways of Audi, BMW and Mercedes, however one Volkswagen has all the time put out an open problem to the massive boys.
The Touareg is now in its third era (each earlier variations have been bought in India) and as with earlier variations, shares its underpinnings with the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. Yup, this can be a full-size luxurious SUV alright (it’s four.9m lengthy, 2m extensive and 1.7m tall), and as such it comes with all the trimmings of such a automobile – air suspension with variable experience peak, four-wheel drive, a well-trimmed inside and the most effective tech the model can supply. This one hasn’t, nonetheless, sprouted a 3rd row of seats – it’s nonetheless very a lot a five-seater.
There may be, nonetheless, one enormous distinction. The place the Touareg was beforehand the less-conspicuous various to the crop of full-size luxurious SUVs (the Q7 specifically), in its third outing, ‘inconspicuous’ will not be a phrase you possibly can ever use to explain it. It’s acquired a completely huge chrome grille that melds outwards right into a set of enormous headlamps bedazzled with LEDs, and there’s much more chrome within the chin and the air intakes. Transfer to the perimeters and – you guessed it – extra chrome, not solely within the window encompass, but additionally on the base of the doorways and on the fender. Chrome on the rear is no less than restricted to a strip on the bumper, and in reality, appears fairly neat with its new, slim LED tail-lamps. One factor’s for certain, you received’t lose the brand new Touareg in a car parking zone.
What’s it like inside?
The outside will not be the one place the place VW has pushed its boundaries of design extravagance. Smack in the midst of all of it (however angled sharply towards the driving force) is the biggest touchscreen this aspect of a Tesla – a whopping 15 inches in measurement. It options nearly every thing you’d discover in a Q7, together with Google Maps-integrated satellite tv for pc navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a show for encompass cameras, the works; it even will get gesture controls. So massive is the display screen, it has compelled the central AC vents right into a small recess beneath, however fret not, as a result of the passenger aspect of the dashboard, very similar to on the Passat, A4 and Q7, is one steady AC vent. Other than the massive display screen, although, it’s fairly customary VW restraint, however you’ll nonetheless discover some particulars that elevate it above the likes of the Passat – wealthy wooden strips, textured metallic and intelligent, hidden LED ambient lighting.
Other than the central flatscreen TV, you additionally get digital dials and a heads-up show feeding you data. And on the subject of apparatus, it’s acquired nearly every thing a luxurious SUV purchaser may need, together with heated, cooled and massaging entrance seats and wi-fi telephone charging. Then there’s the host of driver help programs like adaptive cruise management, night time imaginative and prescient, lively lane-keeping help, cross-traffic help and extra.
What’s it wish to drive?
The Touareg is presently provided with three.Zero-litre V6 turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel engines (V8s and hybrids will doubtless observe), and we’re driving the V6 diesel. Our drive via the slim, congested, cobbled streets of Amsterdam, adopted by a fast blast down the motorway, was temporary, however we did get an honest really feel for it. In a nutshell, it appears like an Audi Q7, which was to be anticipated. The engine is refined sufficient, however maybe some newer rivals are quieter at increased revs. The Eight-speed ZF auto is, as ever, super-smooth and intuitive and might take you from a low-speed crawl to a high-speed gallop fairly seamlessly.
Air suspension is current as anticipated, however top-spec Touaregs additionally get rear-wheel steering and lively anti-roll bars based mostly on a 48v electrical system – yup, identical to the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus. Whereas we didn’t get an opportunity to check this – save for a number of fast lane-change manoeuvres on the motorway – what will be confirmed is a steering that’s gentle sufficient to redirect this massive automobile simply. It additionally helped get out of the way in which of Amsterdam’s numerous cyclists, and on 20-inch wheels (these appear fairly small these days) the air suspension merely ate up the cobbles on the highway.
Ought to I purchase one?
You’ll be able to’t purchase one in India simply but, and as of now, VW hasn’t confirmed that it is possible for you to to sooner or later both. All we’ve been advised is that they ‘actually wish to’ launch it right here. However know that if it does make it right here, it is going to be in small numbers, and imported as a CBU, as have been its predecessors. Meaning it is going to be costly – although hopefully not as costly because the Audi Q7, and ideally beneath the Rs 75 lakh mark. If that’s the case, do you have to purchase one, although? If bling is your factor, you would possibly truly just like the newfound boldness of the Touareg; it definitely has a variety of presence. And also you’ll be completely happy to know that it’s additionally upped its luxurious sport, with nearly every thing you possibly can ask for on the within (save, maybe, for a 3rd row of seats). You’ll definitely get a level of exclusivity, what with nearly all of Indians doubtless to decide on a ‘luxurious’ badge as a substitute. So, as with earlier generations, when you want substance over snob, the Touareg ought to have you ever lined. Simply don’t anticipate to mix in such as you would’ve earlier than.