Published on October 29th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


VW Touareg, Lean Mean Driving Machine

When Volkswagen unveiled the completely redeveloped Volkswagen Touareg as a world premiere at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, it was the most technically innovative “VW” since the brand had been in existence. With this new Touareg, Volkswagen engineers lightened this luxury SUV by some 208-kilograms which was a quantum leap in technology. Yet, the body had five percent greater torsional rigidity, which made it the leader in its segment. Next, the VW designers attained a significantly improved Cd value. Along with aerodynamic refinement efforts, another factor at work here was that this Volkswagen Touareg was built lower to the ground than the previous model. Together with front end styling based on the new Volkswagen design DNA, this resulted in a smaller frontal area. Finally, all engines were offered with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, a first in this market segment to demonstrate significant fuel economy advantages over the previous model; in some cases the advantage was far greater than two litres per 100 kilometres.


This Volkswagen Touareg brings sedan like economy to the SUV segment thanks to a range of engines that are nearly 20 percent more fuel efficient and a large variety of new assistance and safety systems. This VW Touareg was also the first and only off-roader in Europe by a German car maker to be available in a hybrid version too.


It set standards among fully off-road capable SUVs with petrol engines that have a fuel consumption value of just 8.2 litres fuel per 100 kilometres. The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid can be driven up to 50 km/h purely in electric mode – emissions-free. Among the diesel engines, the Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI with 7.4 litre combined fuel consumption now posts the best value in the segment of genuine SUVs. Both versions, the VW Touareg Hybrid and V6 TDI, are the most fuel efficient petrol and diesel SUVs ever built in Europe in this large vehicle class.


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