What it's like to drive the new 2018 Volkswagen Touareg

What it's like to drive the new 2018 Volkswagen Touareg

With the Volkswagen Touareg now in its third generation, we get behind the wheel to find out what it’s like to drive Volkswagen's new luxurious SUV.

The Touareg is the new flagship model in the Volkswagen line-up, and with it you get the most advanced technology ever fitted to a VW and one of the more premium cars currently available from the German brand.

But with this version based on a new platform – making it lighter and sturdier than ever before – can the new Touareg perform as well as its VW Group cousins, such as the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga? We take a look…

2018 Volkswagen Touareg

Its got good quality powertrains

From launch, the Touareg comes with two V6 diesel engines and a turbocharged V6 petrol – with the V6 diesel units likely to lead the way in terms of sales. All provide a smooth driving experience – with the top diesel being the pick of the bunch for serenity – and when pushed, they offer a thrumming engine note that adds some character.

To add further appeal later down the model’s timeline, the Touareg will be fitted with a sportier V8 diesel and a petrol plug-in hybrid – with the latter likely to attract plenty of interest.

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2018 Volkswagen Touareg

Driving tech to ensure a great experience

To make sure that your drive in the Touareg is as good as possible, Volkswagen fits it with all-wheel steering for a better turn-in, air suspension for an adaptive and comfortable ride and active roll stabilisation to help prevent body roll and aid agility.

All of those combine to help the Touareg easy to drive and comfortable to be in on longer journeys.

2018 Volkswagen Touareg

A large aray of safety technology

As is the way with the majority of cars launched now, safety technology takes up plenty of the Touareg’s appeal for customers. This latest version of the large SUV comes with adaptive cruise control, intersection assist, park assist and traffic jam assist – but the Touareg also comes with more advanced tech than that.

The proactive occupant protection system helps to prepare a person and the car for a potential impact by tightening the seat belts, moving the seats upright, and closing the doors windows and sunroof, while the emergency assist system applies the brakes for the adaptive cruise control and activates the hazard lights to warn other drivers.

2018 Volkswagen Touareg

Its packed with tech

The highlight of the Touareg is its technical innovations – the main of which is the InnoVision Cockpit setup. Paired to the 12-inch digital instrument display in the instrument binnacle is a 15-inch central touchscreen which is angled towards the driver and the home screen of which can be customised to suit the driver.

Other kit includes night vision with help of thermal and infrared sensors, VW’s IQ adaptive LED lights and a head-up display – helping make the new Touareg an absolute tech fest. You also get a permanent Sim card installed for an internet hotspot, VW’s AppConnect smartphone setup and the CarNet system to help guide you through all driving.

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