Review of the 2020 Touareg VW: tensile test
When a spouse text you asking if you want to drive to Alice Springs, the answer must always be ‘yes!’.
That is exactly what happened a few weeks before we conducted this test. My good friend Deon asked me if we could find a way to deliver our 1963 VW Kombi split-screen taxi to the new owner in the middle of the country.
I imagine we can do that by testing a newer model of Volkswagen
Enter the 2019 VW Touareg, which we already have in the Launch Edition guise. It had a tow bar fitted, and we created a three-axle rickshaw to load Kombi … all that was left to do was get Kombi onto the trailer and hit the road.
The level of curiosity is very high – Touareg is judged to be heavy, so how to deal with our long, quick round trip to The Outback?
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
This is not your average drawbar, this one. I mean, you can go for a bulky taxi ute Amarok, and that will definitely look more at home with a car trailer behind it. But the Touareg Launch Edition is a luxurious and appealing luxury SUV, one of which is also great when it’s not annoying. You can hardly flatten the criticism of this car, because it is so stylish and balanced, very easy to see but also from a distance, which we can hardly stand out in the outback.
I mean, it’s easy to know why everyone’s eyes are drawn more to what’s on the trailer.
Forgetting the exterior – interior design is probably the more important element of this test, as we spent the entire six days in the cabin.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
The Launch Edition model that we have been equipped with VW’s Advanced Pack, optional $ 8000 box, if checked, includes a 15.0-inch media display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, head display and more. It looked great, and we spent a few hours playing with menus and settings during the days in Touareg.
Touareg is a five-seater vehicle, but it’s just me and my partner Deon and some emergency camping gear in case we need it. We have no plans for camping, because driving 12 hours a day after that unable to sleep well is not part of the plan.
But I digress. The cabin is easy enough for us and our belongings, with a bottle holder at the door and cup holder between practice seats on the drive. The boot space of 810 liters is large enough for ramps, luggage, and more.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
The range of VW Touareg has been filled, with the Launch version giving way to 2020 variants – 190TDI ($ 79,490 plus on-road costs) and 190TDI Premium ($ 85,490 plus on-road costs) .
There are still Launch Edition models available and they are listed at $ 89,990 before on-road costs.
Standard equipment on Launch Edition is plentiful, with Matrix LED headlights, Savona leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats also equipped with massage function and electric bolt adjustment, also have settings. memory for the front seats plus rearview mirrors and steering column, as well as four-zone climate control, privacy glass, electric rear doors with proximity sensors and adaptive air suspension with multiple changeable steering modes Change ride height.
While the Launch version comes with 20-inch black alloy wheels, the spare wheel is a space-saving device, which can be a concern for adventurers going out.
The standard media system is a 9.2-inch Discover Pro multimedia screen with gesture controls, App Connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB ports and a wireless charging pad.
The safety story is also a strong one – see below for more on that.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 9/10
Under the bonnet of each member in the Touareg range, you’ll find a 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive system.
The engine’s output is 190kW (at 4000 rpm) and 600Nm (at 2250 rpm), so this beast has dumb numbers to help it load a large amount.
The towing capacity is 750kg for an unlimited trailer, and up to 3500kg for a towed trailer. Our trailer had electric brakes but the car didn’t have brake controllers fitted – but no worries, we borrowed the Elecbrakes mobile controller from our good friend and sometimes a photographer. CarsGuide photographer Brendan Batty.
This setup means you don’t need to tear up your dashboard and add third-party wiring, though it requires you to drive using manual headlight control, instead of automatic headlights. (that’s how it registers the controller and pairs with the car via Bluetooth). That means we have to remember to turn off the lights automatically every time we start the car, lest the electronic parking brake won’t work.
How much fuel does it consume? 7/10
The claimed fuel usage for Touareg is 7.4 liters / 100 km. That’s not what we have with the two tons behind it.
We performed calculations on 2845 km, we pulled trailers and Kombi, and the average fuel consumption (at the pump) was 14.8 liters / 100 km.
Now, keep in mind that we are always aiming to maintain the speed limit speed limit speed and the goal is not to consume the best possible. Instead, we tried our best and had a good time, and you could see better consumption dragging something of the same size in a Touareg. We also had some extreme winds.