Peter Hitchener road tests and reviews the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg.
If you’re a connoisseur of the Volkswagen range, you will have no trouble spotting the styling changes in the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg.
For the rest of us, the differences in the nose and rear design are more evolutionary than radical. Engines too are tweaked, with a promise of better efficiency.
The 3.0 litre V6 diesel power plant as tested was smooth and refined, and within the car, you couldn’t tell whether it was diesel or petrol. There was certainly no hint of the clatter you will hear coming from some diesels on the market.
There was the occasional hesitation on acceleration; it did not feel like turbo lag, so I blamed the transmission.
I liked the ambience, both as driver and passenger. The ride was comfortable, and the seating position almost gave a feeling of invincibility, because it’s up so high.
A nicely appointed cabin, good design, and quality finishes complete the picture. There’s reasonable leg room in the back, and plenty of space behind the back seats for golf clubs. Pity there isn’t a 7 seat option though.
The Bluetooth paired quickly and easily with my phone, and using the touchscreen for other functions was a breeze. The Touareg has handy towing capabilities too, and is certainly no slouch off-road.
During my time with the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg I mainly kept it in Comfort mode - there is a very good Sports setting too, but Comfort still provided capable handling, with bumps and speed humps neatly sorted.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the 8 speed auto transmission. While it’s the latest thing and a clever design, it sometimes felt a bit uncertain of which gear it wanted, and at times seemed almost clunky when going from drive to reverse.
That said, it’s a brilliant SUV - the only drawback might be its price. With extras and add-ons it’s up there towards $90k or even $100k.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Volkswagen Touareg V6
Engine: 3.0 litre turbo-diesel V6 producing 180kW and 550Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: Three years
Price: From $81,990