“It’s roomy, competent, stylish and a great tower for the caravan or horse-box crowd. It’s arguably better value than its BMW, Audi and Mercedes competitors.”
SAFETY AND DRIVER ASSISTS VW says the Touareg is launching with the largest range of assistance, handling and comfort systems ever to be integrated into a Volkswagen.
They include technologies such as the Night Vision assistance system (detects people and animals in darkness via a thermal imaging camera), Roadwork Lane Assist (semi-automated steering and lane keeping, accelerating and braking up to 60km/h), Front Cross Traffic Assist (reacts to cross traffic in front of the Touareg), active all-wheel steering (said to make the Touareg handle like a compact car).
Also included is new roll stabilisation with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars, ‘IQ. Light – LED matrix headlights’ (interactive, camera-based dipped and main beam headlight control) and a ‘Windshield Head-up Display’ projected directly onto the windscreen.
VW says the driver experiences these systems as a “single unit” in the new Touareg.
They are “simply there” – interconnected via a new central control unit – working imperceptibly in the background and “making travel safer, more convenient and more intuitive than ever”.
WHO WOULD BUY ONE? Anyone who requires a large, premium SUV with bags of technology and the latest driver assists should give the Touareg serious consideration.
It’s roomy, competent, stylish and a great tower for the caravan or horse-box crowd.
It’s arguably better value than its BMW, Audi and Mercedes competitors.
The latest engine addition has resulted in a lower starting price for the car. The all-new Touareg SEL with the new 231 PS V6 TDI engine is priced at £48,995 (RRP on the road).