Without a doubt, the SUV and 4×4 has been the car to lease throughout 2018 in the UK, as driving behaviours and purchasing habits have altered dramatically. While the Tiguan has become one of the foremost mid-range SUVs in the market, VW also have a credible luxury 4×4 which has been very popular too – the Touareg. Earlier this year, VW launched re-modelled version in an effort to keep up with competition from the BWM X5, Mercedes GLE, Audi Q7 and Range Rover Velar/ Range Rover Sport.
The face lifted new VW Touareg is available in two diesel engine (a 231ps and 286ps), customers have three choices in terms of specification:
1. SEL – the “entry” model is far from standard. With 19” alloys, discover pro navigation, heated front seats, Vienna leather upholstery, climate control, front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control, this is ideal for those customers who need more comfort and practicality (as opposed to aesthetics);
2. R Line – the self-professed “dynamic styling” model, this will offer 20” alloys, unique front/rear bumpers, keyless start, electric tailgate, tinted glass on the rear side and wireless phone charging. This is more adept to those customers who want their vehicle to stand out; and
3. R-Line Tech – the “top” model within the range adds a host of additional features to the R Line such as the innovision cockpit, memory package, 15” discover nav with the 12.3” virtual cockpit, high beam assist and eroComfort seats. Ideal for those customers who want the best luxury car within the range.
One of the interesting points to note with this car is that VW have not (as of yet) elected to produce a petrol model of the Touareg.
Diesel has in 2017/18 received some unfounded critique, with some customers now actually believing that cars will no longer be produced in this format.
To confirm, this is not the case, petrol AND diesel will continue to be at the backbone of our automotive industry.
While electric, hybrid and other forms of “mixed” engines are becoming more popular, these are still a small part of our fleet in the UK.
While the UK Government is committed to increasing the amount of cars which are non-combustion, the removal of grants for many cars/lack of infrastructure/unsuitable roads is not assisting us to actually achieve this. Added to that is that diesel engines are still considered to be one of the most efficient and clean engines; they will continue to be a crucial part of our transport network.
So long as customers are informed properly on how their driving behaviours should be for an diesel engine, they can at least make the right choice.
In terms of the car shown here, the Volkswagen TOUAREG DIESEL ESTATE 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion R Line Tech 5dr Tip Auto, this is based on the following configuration:
· Metallic – Deep black pearl
· R-Line vienna leather – Soul/Crystal grey + 14 way electric front ergoComfort seats
· 20″ Nevada diamond turned alloy wheels
· Chrome trimmed radiator grille and air intake
As standard the car includes memory pack, heated front seats, 20” alloys, heat insulating glass, high beam assist, keyless entry and start, door mirror memory, electric tailgate with power cover, full LED headlights, Vienna leather, 14-way electric seats, heat insulated tinted glass, 8 speaker sound system, ambient lighting, heated windscreen jets, automatic post collision braking, hill descent control, front and rear carpet mats, Apple car play/Android auto, wireless smartphone charger, adaptive cruise control with front assist, driver alert system, multifunction camera with lane assist, park assist with rear view camera, traffic sign recognition, tailgate power latch, auto dimming rear view mirror, 2 x SD card clot, DAB radio, gesture control for infotainment system, body coloured externals, chrome exhaust pipes, automatic headlights, LED daytime lights, 4-zone climate control, leather heater steering wheel with paddle shift, active bonnet, warning triangle and first aid kit, temporary spare wheel and 4-way electric lumbar support. In terms of additional specification consider adding – dark tinted rear privacy glass, head up display and the electric front tilt/slide panoramic sunroof and fixed rear sunroof.
On the technical-side, company car and business users can note the P11d at £57,750.00 and CO2 of 173g/km. The 2967CC 8 speed auto engine delivers 42.8 combined MPG, 286ps and 0-62 times of 6.1 seconds. Service intervals on the diesel Touareg are every 24 months or 18,000 miles whichever lands sooner.
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