It also proved relatively frugal, returning a best fuel consumption figure of 8.4l/100km, which for a vehicle of this size and engine capacity is quite exemplary, if not close to the optimistic 7.1l/100km manufacturer claimed figure.
The new Touareg has improved in just about every respect from its predecessor.
For me, the only fly in the ointment with the package, and this is somewhat trivial, is the steering wheel — an exact item lifted from the Polo range — that looks a little out of place in what is otherwise a very upmarket sanctuary. That aside and at the price, the new Touareg is nothing short of a class act.
VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG V6 TDI EXECUTIVE R-LINE:
WE LIKE: Price, styling, refinement, dynamism, economy
WE DISLIKE: The Polo steering wheel
VERDICT: A class act SUV
Type: Six cylinder, turbo diesel
Power: 190kW at 3,250r/min
Torque: 600Nm at 2,250r/min
Type: Eight-speed automatic
Type: Four-wheel drive
0-100km/h: Not supplied
Top Speed: 235km/h
Fuel Consumption: 7.1l/100km
Multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, infotainment system with Bluetooth and voice command, driver assist technology, eight airbags, Isofix child seat anchorage points, electric boot, dual USB ports, 230V power socket, central locking, LED headlights and tail lights, LED daytime running lights, front and rear park distance control, reverse camera, 20-inch alloys
MOTOR NEWS STAR RATING:
Value for money: ****