“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.”

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page -

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).

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