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VW Touarag

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The German Jack of all trades

The VW Touareg offers intuitive technology, genuine off-roading pleasure and plenty of comfort for the entire family to take advantage of. Its dimensions has seen some trimming and it’s also lighter now than its predecessor (read: more benefits to follow). The Touareg is smartly situated in the market- it’s the within-your-means option in a segment that is saturated with premium SUV’s that are commonly over-speced and over-priced. In our current economic climate where people are optioning for more affordability, the Touareg is promised to still a lot of success. That does not mean that it is short in aspects, rather quite the opposite, I think this Touareg is so generously speced (even at entry level) that it might even influence a few brand elitists, but let’s see.

The Concept

What makes the VW Touareg different is that it’s a terrific all-rounder- it doesn’t just excel in one department, rather it performs splendidly in all. This not only means that it doesn’t have many (or any for that fact) major downfalls and furthermore it serves its job to comfortably transport family around rather marvellously. This is why I think it will do well with busy or larger families as it is multifunctional and highly adaptable to suite everyone’s needs.

The Look

It’s big and bold- just the way a SUV should be, this is thanks to 20-inch wheels and enlarged dimensions. Let’s not forget the fact that it is a VW so it also has that signature simplistic styling that we have all come to know and love. The front is distinctive with a striped grille that flows seamlessly into the headlights for an audacious and domineering look. The VW Touareg is tailored with a Premium Headlight Package, this means that it has IQ Light Matrix LED headlights for low/high beam, with LED separate daytime running lights, dynamic turn signal, headlight washer and LED rear combination tail lights. The LED rear combination tail lights is also improved with a dynamic turn signal and to complete the light and visibility of the vehicle, there is Light Assist high-beam control. Overall, this SUV is, in my opinion, a true knock-out with modern flowlines and pure German influence.

The Feel

The cabin of the VW Touareg is impressively specc’ed and seriously stylish, but let’s be real, do you expect anything else from a VW? No, and this is why the brand has become so adored. Speaking of adore, I absolutely love the seats of this SUV- they have the two big C’s- they’re cushy and comfortable. I should also mention the elevated seating position- the benefit of this is the fact that you have an excellent eye-full of the vehicle’s surroundings and you also feel more secure behind the wheel. Furthermore, passengers will enjoy the soft claddings throughout the cabin as well as the overall spaciousness of the cabin- head, knee and legroom is in abundance for all, what a bonus! This is remarkable consider the fact that its fitted with a massive 810-litre boot which, not only makes it bigger than its predecessor, but also suitable to accommodate all the add ons that the family might have.

I would highly recommend that you fit your Touareg with the Innovision Cockpit. This entails a multi-colour Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with 12-inch Premium instrument cluster, 3 additional USB ports, Premium Navigation, inductive charging and a black gloss centre console. This is sure to seriously up the feel of the interior as it integrates the infotainment system with the instrument cluster to create a clean-cut finish of the dashboard.

The Features

The infotainment system is equipped with three USB ports, App Connect, Mobile phone interface and "Volkswagen Media Control" as well as a Discover Pro navigation system for fun all round. The Touareg is jam packed with drivers assisting features that include ABS, EBD, Electronic Stability Programme with trailer stabilisation, Electronic Differential Lock, Hydraulic Brake Assist, multi-collision brake system, Anti-Spin Regulation and Hill Descent Control. The Small Parking Package is listed in the Toureg and consists of a rear-view camera with Park Assist and Park Distance Control. For additional peace of mind, this German also features a network of airbags, electrically operated child lock for rear doors and ISOFIC child seat anchorage. To ensure security, the Touareg has an anti-theft alarm system, interior monitoring, back-up horn, towing protection, an engine immobiliser, remote central locking with selective unlocking and automatic locking.

The Drive

Fitted with a potent 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine, the VW Touareg can crank out 190kW of power and 600Nm of torque so you can forget about sluggish pull aways and doubtful overtaking, the Touareg is here to provide you with many spirited trips. A Start-Stop system with Brake-energy Recuperation system is placed into this VW to help it earn impressive figures such the claimed 7.0-litres per 100km. An 8-speed Tiptronic transmission and 4MOTION permanent four-wheel drive with Torsen differential will assist you when the odd occasion arises where you take this beaut into the wilderness to explore. Additionally there is a front underbody guard, anti-roll bar in the front as well as the rear and Dynamic Chassis Control for supplementary support. Though this engine can take on the challenging terrains, its selling point is certainly is its quiet refinement, with a keen ear and an open window you will only hear a soft purr from the mechanics and its enhancement is also evident it its road manners.

Where to find it

If this stunning SUV has caught your eye and you would like to know more about it, visit www.vw.co.za now!

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler

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