The updated Volkswagen Touareg now in the Q-Auto showroom on Salwa Road proudly shows off its refreshed styling and new technology.
The impressively large yet lithe Touareg is well equipped for local driving conditions and obviously is a go-anywhere vehicle. In fact, the engineering modifications for the new Touareg have reduced a lot of weight and this ‘diet’ has greatly improved the driving performance and the handling, both on and off road.
After feasting your eyes on the gorgeous exterior lines, your senses are further excited when you see and enter the luxurious cabin. The aura of luxury hits you, touch and smell are heightened as you appreciate the stitching, the quality materials, the attractive instruments and dashboard, and large touchscreen presenting the information you need.
Within a minute my phone is Bluetooth connected and I am ready to go with my music collection.
Press the button to start the quiet but powerful engine and the side mirrors swing out; you immediately notice the impressive acceleration, with full torque available at quite low revs.
There is even a choice of driving styles: choose D for a quiet, stress-free mode or choose S for a more spirited gallop when the urge takes you.
VW is proud not just of the Touareg’s weight loss but also its much-improved dynamic composure, and it doesn’t take long behind the wheel to realise why. On the move, the Touareg feels nimble and agile in a way you wouldn’t expect from a vehicle as big as this.
As for the steering, it’s amazing how precise it feels. Here more than anywhere, VW’s engineers have surpassed themselves, somehow managing to provide the Touareg with light, crisp, accurate steering that allows you to place it on the road with much the same precision as you would a Golf. As an on-road off-roader, it’s hard to think of any rival, at any price, that is more convincing.
With all the quality engineering and safety built in by VW, the Touareg is fundamentally a safe car, and a surprisingly fun car, too.
ENGINE 3.6 litre, 24-valve, V6 with electronic direct injection and electronic accelerator control transmission Eight-speed tiptronic automatic, with permanent four wheel drive, low range gearing
MAX POWER 280 hp (209 kW) @ 6,200 rpm
MAX TORQUE 265 lb-ft (360 Nm) @ 2,500 rpm
MAX SPEED 218 kph
ACCELERATION 0 – 100 kph in 8.6 secs
EXTERIOR A strikingly handsome and imposing presence, now with refreshed and updated front end, reshaped bi-xenon headlamp clusters, new four-slat radiator grille; reworked and more shapely front bumper; sharpened character lines at the rear and many other subtle improvements to both rear and sides; purposeful twin exhausts and alloy wheels
INTERIOR Beautiful and luxurious, the upscale cabin is filled with high-quality materials, including chrome and wood accents, and excellent finishing; spacious and supportive leather seats recline and slide in both rows; dual-zone climate control; eight-speaker stereo; eight-inch touchscreen; iPhone interface, Bluetooth connectivity; three-spoke touch-friendly and functional steering wheel; plentiful storage.
SAFETY/SECURITY Intelligent safety features include ABS plus braking, electronic brake pressure distribution; electronic stabilisation programme which works in conjunction with comprehensive seatbelt and airbag system; keyless locking and starting system.
Q-Auto on Salwa Road will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the latest VW Touareg or any of its cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4445 2333.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 62 Spring/Summer 2015 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 62 for only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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