2019 Volkswagen Touareg Review | carsales

2019 Volkswagen Touareg Review | carsales


Touareg? Touareg. Touareg. Touareg? German car. Touareginald. They should have just called it the Reginald,
this is impossible. Fortunately, driving this German luxury SUV
is significantly less challenging than pronouncing its name. In fact, this car pretty much drives itself. Based on the same MLB platform architecture
as the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and even Lamborghini Urus, the new Touareg has more
advanced sensors and autonomously triggered protective devices than the KGB on red alert. Just pause the video to check out the sheer
number of doo-dads on offer. It really is mindboggling. Powered by the same lusty V6 diesel as the
top shelf Amarok ute, the Touareg has more power than you’ll ever need. The eight speed auto is also a very smooth,
refined shifter. Whether you’re punting around town or blasting
along country roads, it accurately predicts what gear you’ll need next. The VW corners like it’s on rails too – the
air suspension and adaptive dampers doing an amazing job of making this chubby SUV feel
light on its feet. You can also let the car drive itself, but
unless you’re on a dead straight freeway you need to be a little careful. True blue, the way it grips up through corners
and changes direction is quite impressive. It doesn’t feel like a big two-tonne SUV. It feels more like a sports wagon. The Touareg has a fancy luxo-tech interior
finish, and is a pleasant place to spend time. This one is equipped with a crazy 15 inch
Innovision touch screen display, complete with retina stimulating eye candy and the
gimmicky but fun gesture controls. The leather seats are pretty schmick, and
up front they have heating, cooling and massage functions. I love the small touches too – these giant
spring loaded cup holders are great. There’s four USB ports. There’s quad zone climate control. And one of my favourites, the wireless phone
charging pad. The back seats offer ample room, and the boot
is relatively big too. With the rear seats folded down you can almost
fit a two metre object in there. What I like most about this car is the impressive
interior design, and the ultra-quiet cabin. It feels more like a Mercedes than a VW. What I don’t like is the lack of a seven seat
option. The smaller, cheaper, Tiguan has seven seats
for Pete’s sake. It’s also rather expensive. You can get a Mercedes or BMW badge for the
sort of coin this fully loaded machine costs. However, the one thing that a Mercedes or
BMW does not have is its Porsche derived driving dynamics. Indeed, this third generation Touareg feels
like a luxury car, and it drives like one too. Throw in a five year warranty and its beats
its German rivals there. I don’t know why they didn’t call it the
Reginald.