Review Touareg Adventure racing 2017
It is a known fact that cars like dogs, only worse. See, while our four-legged friends accumulate seven years for every 12 months that pass, the car doubles, with a new car the entire lifespan – including updates. and buzz model – about eight years total.
And that makes the Volkswagen Touareg – which scored the last major update in 2012 – old enough for early dinners and an apartment on the Gold Coast to enjoy warmer winters.
But unlike the evergreen Will Smith, the big VW somehow managed to freeze the aging process. So much so that today’s Touareg steering wheel doesn’t feel any different when climbing a much newer, much brighter Tiguan, launched in 2016.
Sure, the technology isn’t smooth and the cabin feels a bit outdated, but the core stuff, like its general manners and comfort, remains on par with the segment.
But the attention of new car buyers could be measured in microseconds and Touareg’s sales had begun to slip. So, to make sure everyone is still paying attention, Volkswagen finally found special editions, adding value and equipment to the standard Touareg line in an attempt to entice buyers into the biggest SUV. of the brand.
A Wolfsburg version is available, and now, the Touareg Adventure, along with some styling changes, adds a standard air suspension and a larger, 100-liter fuel tank.
Is that enough to help Touareg keep up the SUV package?
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
It’s big and it looks like it, this Touareg, seems to command more lane space than its seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq. It also looks more rugged, more action-ready than some urban-focused competitors.
But it’s a nod to VW’s design team, though virtually unchanged over the past five years, it doesn’t seem old or old. The glossy silver front panel still looks clean and modern, while the square sole shoes, located under the antenna of the shark fin and above the two silver-headed exhaust pipes, still look very modern.
However, climb inside and you will find a number of factors that represent their age. For example, the dash and center entertainment screens aren’t as sleek as the new Tiguan, and the rippled rubber brick material also feels an old school. But most materials feel good to the touch, and the use of glossy silver and black enhances the interior space.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
There is plenty of space in the Touareg 4801mm long, 1940mm wide for front passengers who will find themselves separated by a wide center console, containing two cupholders and deep storage bins, where power and points are stored. USB connection, although the latter requires a special adapter.
The center console is also home to the car’s key settings, such as changing the ride height (like riding the world’s slowest roller coaster when you play with it in traffic), along with setting Set adaptive suspension.
The door pockets are large enough to swallow bottles and then some, and there’s another reward storage space above the touch screen.
The back seat is huge, there’s plenty of legroom and space behind my driving position (176cm). In fact, very large, you can fit three full sized people in the back seat. Unchecked, and the median pull down separating the backseat will reveal two more cups, and there’s room in each back door for bottles, as well as storage mesh on the back of each front seat.
Backseat riders have separate vents, but no temperature control. And there is a single power source to share, but no USB connection.
The automatic opening starter shows a large space (580 liters with the rear seat position, 1642 liters with it folded flat) along with a third power source, and can drop 40/20/40 folding seats. From start-up via accessible button. A space-saving widget is hidden in good boots.
There are two ISOFIX attachment points, one on each rear window seat.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
This sense of adventure will bring you back to $ 79,990, etching a new spot on the Touareg totem column, between the $ 68,990 entry vehicle and the $ 85,490 V6-powered model on which Adventure is based.
With that money, you’ll find a bigger, 100-liter fuel tank and adaptive air suspension that can lower or increase Touareg’s ride height (hence the whole ‘Adventure’ section). , but city dwellers will get the pleasure of 19-inch alloys (down from 20 inches in V6 engine sponsor’s car), leather upholstery (but not nappa leather in more expensive models) and lights bi-xenon phase (but they have no cornering function).
Those are involved in permanent all-wheel drive, cruise control and dual-zone climate control, and the touchscreen is equipped with 8.0-inch navigation – though it misses Apple CarPlay and Android. Auto.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
We love the Touareg Adventure’s 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine, which helps light work pass with a capacity of 180kW at 4000 rpm and 550Nm at 1750 rpm. Power is transmitted through a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and sent to all four wheels.
Volkswagen thinks that it is enough to complete the sprint from 0 – 100km / h in 7.6 seconds.
How much fuel does it consume? 7/10
It’s a big hopper, Touareg, and so its fuel use isn’t as economical as you might hope. That said, the addition of start / stop technology and the stop system (engaging in a fake neutral when possible) helps bring the figure to a respectable 7.4L / 100km on the required cycle / end. well suited.
Emissions are listed at 196g / km of the C02.
What does it like to drive? 7/10
You don’t need to look any further than Hugh Hefner to see that age is not always a deterrent to performance. Sure, it can slow you down, but just stepping in a bit doesn’t mean you get lost in the world.
But in the world of cars, that means you’re easier to ignore. Take Touareg, now more than 5 years old and facing stiff competition, not only from rival manufacturers, but also from the clever, young tigers. And so we met this new Touareg Adventure, which reduced the entry price for a Touareg equipped with a V6.
There’s a lot to love about a powerful diesel, maximum torque, and the Touareg unit serves a lot of seniors in school to help Adventure move, regardless of whether you’re in the city. the street or further.
So much so that it’s hard to imagine any smaller engine could be so interesting. The tiger feels heavy, you see; Like it requires some significant clinking to help it feel more agile. Even then, it requires handling, with heavy steering and suspension meaning you need a bit more effort than you can be used.
We didn’t venture on the road, but it was a smooth and comfortable road tourer.
However, the good news is that the engine makes the light work of urban motorbikes and highways, and the smooth eight-speed automatic makes your journey quiet and refined. In fact, it’s not until you try to drive some more sports that the gearbox gets confused, constantly wanting to shift down to the middle of the corner. A paddle-shift system would solve the problem.
In other places, technology is getting old and making driving experiences obsolete, but if you’re not particularly tech-savvy, it’s hard to bother you too much.
We weren’t adventurous on the road, but it was a smooth and comfortable road tourer, with a plethora of space inside and the kind of classy, comfortable and stylish seating that easily made a long trip back. so easy.