Volkswagen Touareg tested: look no further for ultra refinement
SHOULD YOU BUY IT?
Yes. If you need something big with capability both on and off road, and that does not compromise on quality or practicality, the Touareg is a must-buy.
It's light on fuel, averaging around 8.9l/100km on the shortened test cycle and it's just a joy to drive. Everything from it's sculpted, ergonomic seats, to the weighting of the driving controls and switchgear and the whole feel of the car makes you feel like you would never want to drive anything else ever again.
Don't get me wrong, it has quirks, such as that huge TV on the dashboard that will take getting used to, but it was really difficult to find fault with the Touareg in our brief encounter with the latest version.
Current pricing pegs it at R1 334 500 and if you take those safety and tech packages as options, as well as the latest black-trim packs, you're in it for around R1.5 million.
The Touareg came as a good reminder that it's still the mack, and if you know good cars from mediocre cars, you'll know that this version is one of the best cars VW has ever made. Go drive one.
Farewell, eight-pot! VW Touareg V8 TDI Last Edition marks 'end of era'
Volkswagen has announced the end of production of its V8-powered Touareg, launching a “Last Edition” tribute to the TDI-flavoured eight-pot.
Launched as recently as February 2019, the Touareg V8 TDI generated 310 kW and 900 N.m, with the twin-turbo 4,0-litre oil-burning engine facilitating a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4,9 seconds (of course, this variant didn’t ever make it to South Africa; the local range comprises exclusively V6 TDI derivatives).
That leaves the electrified Touareg R to assume the role of flagship in the SUV range.
Billed as a “real collector's item”, just 400 examples of the Touareg V8 Last Edition will be produced, each boasting an exterior package featuring high-gloss painted components and a special (numbered) badge on the B-pillar.