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2019 VW Touareg TSI Review











286HP / 420N-M

0 TO 100KM/H









As a sign of the current trends and times, Volkswagen’s newest flagship model is not the distinctive Arteon saloon. Instead, that honor now belongs to the all-new Touareg SUV. It faces tough competition, but the gadget-laden third-generation Touareg is using technology to its advantage. This new model aspires to sell many more copies of itself than the old one, and so VW has brought its A-game to the SUV party. The new Touareg sits on the same platform as the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga – so it’s in good company. Despite being larger than before, it actually weighs 234 pounds fewer thanks to a body that is now 48-per cent aluminium.

Exterior design:

It’s quite smart-looking in appearance, don’t you think? While its huge chrome grill that encompasses the headlights is domineering, the rest of this SUV is more subtle than some rivals. Polite creases and soft curves create a grownup look that isn’t desperately trying to capture every passerby’s attention. It is slightly more striking than its subdued predecessor, but it retains a sense of maturity. Some may argue that an SUV should be a style statement, but those who aren’t keen on vivid paint or huge chromed alloys will value the Touareg’s candor.

Interior and equipment:

The new cabin previews what is to come for the rest of the Volkswagen range in the form of the Innovation Cockpit. Formed by combining an optional 12-inch digital driver’s display with a huge 15-inch touchscreen that’s angled toward the driver, it rivals the large screen found in Tesla EVs. Not only is there plenty of real estates to take advantage of, but it runs new software that allows you to customize your home screen with various widgets. Some functions are hidden within multiple menus, pretty frustrating at first, but once you arrange it to your liking, you’ll find the system responsive and full of useful features. Other tech features include massaging seats, four-zone climate control, and trendy mood lighting. It’s a comfortable place to spend time, with good quality materials lining the cabin while the large windows serve to amplify a sense of space.

Engines / Transmission:

We took the 3.0-liter V6 for a spin, and who-ha, it’s still expected to be the best-selling engine. After a moment of spooling the turbo, the engine pulls cleanly thanks to a healthy horsepower and torque. Power is sent to all four wheels with the aid of a silky smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox that subtly swaps cogs in the background, although sudden acceleration does catch it out at times. It’s a tranquil drive with road noise being well suppressed, and only a little wind noise from the A-pillars intruding at motorway speeds. Selecting Comfort Mode keeps the steering light while we cushioned the road imperfections at Katara.


The Touareg cannot fail to impress when it comes to technology as well, as it incorporates innovative driver assistance systems installed for the first time in a Volkswagen. The car’s Adaptive Cruise Control and the array are well worth a mention. With everything engaged, the Touareg will keep you in your lane, maintain a safe distance from the car ahead, and adjust to changing speed limits and also alert you on imminent collision.

In addition to these creature comforts, you also get plenty of must-have safety and supporting systems kit that’s designed to prevent avoidable collisions. The Touareg will keep you in your lane, automatic emergency braking and also alert you on imminent collision, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and adjust to changing speed limits.

**This article is in collaboration between This Is Qatar and JBC Motive.**

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