2014 Volkswagen Touareg | new car review

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by
2014 Volkswagen Touareg
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  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good
AEDAED 162,000 - 340,000
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%

Review Summary:

The Touareg is Volkswagen’s mid-size SUV offering. Not a stand-out beauty by any means, but equipped enough to cater for most needs.

Pros

Well equipped

Cons

Lack of original styling

Looks

There is nothing overly original about the styling of the 2014 . It is almost identical to its baby brother, the Tiguan, with its pronounced hips and chrome-clad grille. A very typical VW frontage leads an overall modest, yet acceptable, design outcome. It won’t get your pulse racing, but you can rest assured that you’ll look smart driving around town.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg front + side

Feels

The Touareg’s interior was largely donated to the VW Passat, and still for 2014 there is not much to make it feel any different. The seats are supportive and comfortable and all the instruments are operated with standard VW ease. While everything is wonderfully tidy and well finished, the Touareg lacks a certain X-Factor.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg interior

Engineering

Volkswagen wants you to take the Touareg . They want you to show the rest of the world what they can do; as such a lot of effort has been put into off-road sorcery. 4MOTION permanent four-wheel drive works mysteriously to detect deviations in the terrain, adjusting the power output to each wheel accordingly. Air suspension and the design of the undercarriage will add to a comfortable experience.

What’s on offer?

Prices start at around AED 162,000, and with that you do get a fair amount of goodies. The principle model has a 3.6 litre V6 under its bonnet and boasts 280hp as well as 360Nm of torque. Best of all it sits seven people, although obviously this does reduce boot space. The top of the range model, the R-Line, is AED 100,000 more expensive.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg rear + side

Summing it

The first generation Touareg was, by popular opinion, a wet fish. And that is the reputation that it is still trying to fight off today. The second generation came out in late 2010, and by now people should have spotted the massive improvements. It is a far neater package and is as well-equipped as anything from Japan. We like it, and we hope you will too.

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