2012 Volkswagen Touareg | new car review

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 by

The Touareg was built from the ground up in 2011 and moves into literally unchanged. It claims to offer the comfort and quality associated with ’s products, but with strong performance both on and . The sleek looks reflect the current range of Volkswagen vehicles.

The new Touareg is longer than previous version, but it shaves an impressive 208kg off its weight in a bit to improve performance and fuel economy – an aim assisted by a Stop-Start system that switches off the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill.

Said engine is a 280bhp, 3.6-litre V6, which VW expects to be the biggest seller in the range – a 4.2-litre V8 engine was added at the start of 2011 makes 360bhp. Don’t expect to see Europe’s hybrid version arrive in the Middle East though. Gears are shifted by an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Inside there’s room for five with a spacious boot (with powered tailgate) that houses a spare wheel under a false floor. Available features include a 6.5-inch touchscreen navigation system, with a 60gb hard drive for music storage

Technology includes a very clever and first in the automotive world headlight system called Dynamic Light Assist, which uses a camera to detect oncoming traffic and adjusts the Touareg’s bi-xenon headlights automatically to reduce glare.

Also available is the Area View system, which uses several cameras to provide drivers with an aerial view of the car and its surroundings on the in-car screen when manoeuvring, as well as front views for use when manoeuvring in areas with poor visibility.

Adaptive cruise control and a lane departure warning system are also available, as is Front Assist, which warns drivers of impending collisions and will even brake automatically if no action is taken. Side assist warns of vehicles in the Touraeg’s blind spot when changing lanes. Up to nine airbags are available in the Touareg to protect occupants in the event of a crash.



V6: AED 160,000 – AED 230,000
V8: AED 225,000 – AED 340,000


3.6-litre V6
Max power: 280bhp at 4850 – 6500rpm
Max torque: 360Nm at 2500 – 5000rpm

4.2-litre V8
Max power:
360bhp at 6800rpm
Max torque: 430Nm at 3500rpm


8-speed automatic

2 Responses to 2012 Volkswagen Touareg | new car review

  1. Cees Hack Reply

    July 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Willing to buy a touareq V6 SE, ramadan offer is AED 160.464 in comparison to Toyota Prado 4 lit trim 60 ann a bit more expensive. But sems to be a good deal, any experienced comments? Economy (fuel), on-road definately the Touareq / off-road definately the prado, please add more, will decide this week.

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      July 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Prado gives you a 3rd row of seats, if that matters. Service intervals on Touareg are longer than Prado, so less visits to the workshop. Is VW giving you a built-in Service package – that’s a value addition there…Let us know what you do. Drive Safe.

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