Don’t get fooled by it’s simplistic looks.
When the Volkswagen Touareg was a baby – its parents gave it some advice, they said “Baby Touareg, when you grow up, you’re going to be the most sensible SUV to ever roll out of Germany- and baby Touareg’s been driving down the straight & narrow lane ever since. Now all grown up and in its Second Generation – we test drove the new VW to find out how it lived up to its parental advice. We neglected to tell the car that it’s not built in Germany however – Touareg’s are actually made in Slovakia.
But don’t be fooled by its Slovakian heritage though, you see – the 2011 Touareg rolls out with Volkswagen’s new “Design DNA” – and armed with all that German genetic code, evolution has been very kind to this car. The big VW joins the ranks of the Golf & Scirocco with their super-sharp looks. At the front, you get LED running lights, a sportier grille & a more chiseled, aerodynamic look. At the back, you get redesigned taillights and exhaust pipes that look like they’re meant to shoot things. It’s also about 208kgs lighter with a wider wheelbase & rests lower. So when it drives by – the Touareg will probably make a lot of older, rounder SUV’s want to head to Fitness First.
Muzzled behind those new LED’s is the Touareg’s V6 powerplant, which puts you in command of 280 horses & 360 torques and comes in V6, V8– as well as an environmentally friendly SuperCharged-Hybrid variant. Our test car was the V6 FSI – and while it felt a bit under powered on lower revs, it’s engine does come alive past the 3,500RPM mark. So should you feel like overtaking anything that’s not already gotten out of the way of your mean front grille, put your foot down and you’ll have little to complain about. However, to judge the Touareg on its power, would be to miss the point – because, this car is like that unassuming friend who you’ve written-off as a simpleton – until she sits down & plays Mozart on the piano at the karaoke bar. There’s a lot more to the Touareg than meets the eye.