Volkswagen Touareg R review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Introduction

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The Volkswagen Touareg R is proof that sports SUVs are changing – and fast. They used to be all about effortless speed, built to get a well-heeled family plus ski gear to the Alps as quickly as possible. 

Now, though, selling a new sports SUV on performance figures alone simply isn’t going to cut it. With many cities introducing increasingly strict emissions regulations and public attitudes towards ‘gas-guzzling’ vehicles changing, manufacturers are being forced to rethink the fast sport utility vehicle blueprint. Enter stage right the Touareg R, the hot 'VW R' sub brand’s first hybrid model.

It’s powered by the same pairing of a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine and 134bhp electric motor as the Audi Q7 60 TFSIe quattro and Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, although there are some small tweaks aimed at giving Volkswagen's offering its own unique character. 

That produces a combined 456bhp going through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and Volkswagen says the Touareg R can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 5.1 seconds. That's a tenth of a second slower than the Cayenne E-Hybrid, but three tenths quicker than the Q7. All three cars share the same 28-mile official pure electric range.

The Volkswagen Group family ties continue with the four-wheel drive system, which is engineered by Audi, but the Touareg R does at least look very different to its cousins. The R model builds on the handsome lines of the regular Touareg with big 22in wheels, an R-specific body-kit, twin tailpipes and a plethora of R badges. 

Over the next few pages, this VW Touareg R review will tell you how it stacks up against its closest rivals, so just head to the next page to start reading. Whichever sports SUV – or indeed any other make or model of car – you do decide to buy, remember that you can potentially save yourself a handsome pile of cash by using our New Car Buying service.

At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? hybrid
MPG range across all versions94.2 - 94.2
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£1,870 / £4,634
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£3,740 / £9,268

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