Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI 2018 prototype review

Our Verdict
Volkswagen Touareg 2010-2018
Volkswagen Touareg

The second-generation Volkswagen Touareg has gone on a diet and become more efficient

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1 March 2018
What is it?

It was back in 2002 that Volkswagen introduced the original Touareg, its first SUV. Sixteen years later, the company has sold close to a million Touaregs across two generations, a success story that has encouraged it to continue launching new SUVs of varying sizes; having not offered a single one two decades ago, the brand"s SUV line-up is four-strong today.

The all-new, third-generation Touareg sits at the head of that quartet; at the top, in fact, of the entire VW range. As if to acknowledge that top-dog status, VW has delivered not only a new Touareg that’s laden with technology, but also one that ranks among the best-executed models it currently sells. 

Like most of the group’s large 4x4s, the Touareg is based on the MLB platform, the same basic architecture that underpins the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. However, VW is quick to point out that the Touareg isn’t merely a Q7 or Cayenne by another name. Its wheelbase is 70mm shorter than the Q7’s, for one thing, and its chassis tuning is entirely bespoke. Compared with the previous Touareg, VW says this latest version is lighter – although there are no exact numbers just yet – despite being 77mm longer and 44mm wider.