Volkswagen has announced the prices for its all-new second generation Touareg SUV.
Available with a choice of two turbodiesel engines or as a petrol-electric hybrid, with prices starting at £38,225, the new VW Touareg is 200kg lighter than its predecessor and 20% more efficient.
This is in spite of an overall increase in both length and wheelbase of 40mm, which improve passenger space and ride comfort.
195g/km CO2 TDI
The entry-level engine for the new Touareg is a revised version of the 3.0-litre TDI turbodiesel V6 carried over from the previous model. This provides 236bhp while returning 38.3mpg combined and emitting 195g/km CO2 emissions (according to official EU testing cycles).
Priced from £38,225 in SE spec, this engine is also available in Altitude and off-road orientated Escape versions, and is expected to be the biggest seller.
Right at the top of the range this sits a new 4.2-litre TDI turbodiesel V8. This produces 335bhp, emits 239g/km CO2 and returns 31mpg combined. Available in Altitude spec only, it’s priced from £56,530.
193g/km CO2 petrol hybrid
Splitting the two diesels is the new Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid.
Combining a 328bhp 3.0-litre supercharged TSI V6 petrol engine with a 46bhp electric motor gives a combined total output of 374bhp – enough to propel this full-sized SUV from 0-62mph in just 6.5 seconds. Despite this, it emits just 193g/km CO2 and returns 34.4mpg combined.
Priced from £54,995, this is available in a specific Hybrid specification only.
Satnav and DAB radio as standard
All new Touaregs come with a large amount of standard equipment, including 4Motion four-wheel drive, dual zone air conditioning, touch screen satellite navigation with DAB digital radio tuner, leather upholstery, burr walnut trim, six airbags and stability control (ESC).
In addition to this, the Touareg now features stop-start and energy recuperation technology across the range.
The VW Touareg has built up quite a following in the UK. However this new version certainly isn’t cheap, and there are equivalent Porsche Cayenne models – based on the same platform – available for not a great deal more.
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