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New VW Touareg SUV is with us

 Published 23rd August 2023
New Launches 

In 2002, Volkswagen introduced the brand's first SUV. Back then the SUV fascination was only just beginning so it's likely even VW didn't know how popular the segment would become.

Two decades and more than one million units later, there's no doubt that taking the combination of long-distance comfort, practical spaciousness, and rugged off-road appeal and packaging it into an SUV has been a winner. And it's a winning streak that's set to continue with the new Volkswagen Touareg that's on sale now and available to lease.

Volkswagen has upgraded the third generation Touareg with extensive improvements to the way it looks, the way it drives, and the level of comfort and equipment you can find inside it.

The new VW Touareg can be recognised immediately by the new front and rear design.

The radiator grille, headlights and the front apron have been given a distinctive new look, and the rear end also features an updated design. Different design touches are included for specific equipment levels, for example, the flagship Touareg R eHybrid features standard 22-inch Estoril diamond-turned wheel rims with blue brake callipers and decorated with a silver R logo. The R logo is also projected onto the road by the exterior mirrors.

New optional LED matrix headlights feature a glare-free main beam that can be left permanently switched on due to the interactive LEDs that adjust for oncoming traffic and vehicles driving in front. There's also a new continuous horizontal LED strip for the tail light clusters which incorporates a Volkswagen logo illuminated in red. There's even an optional Night Vision assist system which detects people and animals using a thermal imaging camera.

Volkswagen has also enhanced the suspension of the Touareg to further improve handling and comfort. The latest version is now equipped as standard with a new roof load sensor that knows if you've got something up there and allows the control system to intervene earlier in order to increase driving stability. As soon as you remove the load, the sensors pick up on the change and allow for even sportier performance.

Volkswagen has upgraded the Touareg's interior for added comfort on long journeys, including soft armrests and padding on the centre console to cushion your knees from bumps.

new vw touareg rear

Standard equipment in the new Touareg also features the latest digital displays and high-end infotainment system which make up the Innovision Cockpit. Various functions, such as lane-level navigation and high-resolution HD map data, have been optimised in the new model, and the voice control function has also been enhanced. New USB-C connections with a charging capacity of 45 watts (previously 15 watts) also allow for significantly faster charging of electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, or laptops.

In terms of power there's a wide range of options to suit a flagship luxury SUV.

The new VW Touareg is available in five powertrain variants, each one fitted with a 3.0-litre V6 engine. You can choose from:

  a 340bhp turbocharged petrol engine;
  two turbodiesel engines with either 230bhp or 280bhp;
and two plug-in hybrid drives featuring the V6 petrol engine plus electric motor.

All the various drivetrain options are paired as standard with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and permanent all-wheel drive.

In this day and age, it's the hybrid options that are likely to prove most popular.

The plug-in hybrid Touareg comes in two guises. The basic – and we use the term very loosely -  Touareg eHybrid delivers around 380bhp and paired with the eight-speed gearbox should offer an excellent balance of power and economy. If that's not enough for you then you'll have to lease yourself the range-topping Touareg R eHybrid instead.

The VW Touareg R eHybrid offers the most powerful drive system with a total power output in the region of 460bhp. The latest generation also continues a long tradition of Touareg R models with high-tech features and customised equipment. Standard equipment on the new model includes blue painted brake callipers with silver R logo, R logo projection surround lighting, blue accents in the interior, leather upholstery, 20-inch alloy wheels, sill panel mouldings with illuminated R logo, panoramic sunroof, and four-zone automatic air control.

The new and improved Volkswagen Touareg is available to lease now and strikes the perfect balance whether you are on-road, off-road or towing. If you're in the process of choosing your next lease and a luxury SUV ticks all of your boxes we won't be surprised if the latest Touareg makes its way to the top of your list.

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