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New Touareg to hit the UK in November

17 Aug , 2014  

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2014 Volkswagen Touareg - carwitter

The new Volkswagen Touareg will go on sale on August 27 and the first cars will arrive on driveways from November for £43,000 and up.

The new SUV receives a subtle styling makeover pushing it closer to the looks of the little brother Tiguan while retaining the recognisable shape of the Touareg.

It gains a version of VW’s latest front bumper, seen already on the Golf and the recently revealed Passat as well as new alloys, bi-xenon headlights as standard and a refreshed interior.

At launch two versions of VW’s 3.0litre V6 TDI will be available, pumping out either 201 or 258 bhp, the latter a rise of 20 bhp from the outgoing model.

Thanks to some fettling from the boffins at VW the less powerful engine now pumps out 11g/km of CO2 less (173) to push it into a lower tax band.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg  interior - carwitter

Three trim levels will be on sale, SE, Escape and R-Line.

A basic £43,000, 201 bhp, SE will come with 9-inch ‘Salvador’ alloy wheels; RNS 850 satellite navigation with eight-inch touchscreen, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth; 2Zone climate control; ‘Cricket’ leather upholstery’; bi-xenon headlights; front fog lights; parking sensors and chrome roof rails.

Add another £1,700 and the Escape, only available with the more powerful motor, adds 4XMOTION off-road four-wheel drive system, with 50:50 torque split and centre and rear axle mechanical differential locks; higher off-road suspension; 18-inch ‘Karakum’ alloy wheels; 100-litre fuel tank (85 litres is standard on SE); underbody protection; black roof rails and a headlight cleaning system.

The top-of-the-range R-Line starts at £46,000 and adds R-Line bumpers and badges, 20-inch ‘Tarragona’ alloy wheels; lowered sports suspension; LED daytime running lights and a panoramic glass sunroof.  Inside is a black roof lining; R-Line seats and aluminium-look pedals, a heated steering wheel; electrically operated tailgate and keyless entry and start.


Trim Engine/transmission Combined mpg CO2 (g/km) Price (£), RRP OTR
SE 3.0-litre 204 PS TDI 8-speed automatic 42.8 173 43,000
SE 3.0-litre 262 PS TDI 8-speed automatic 42.8 174 44,500
Escape 3.0-litre 262 PS TDI 8-speed automatic 40.9 180 44,700
R-Line 3.0-litre 204 PS TDI 8-speed automatic 42.8 173 46,000
R-Line 3.0-litre 262 PS TDI 8-speed automatic 42.8 174 47,500


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