Volkswagen Touareg R review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

The Volkswagen Touareg R's interior – aside from its plethora of R badges and some blue contrast stitching on the seats and dashboard – is fairly indistinguishable from a regular Touareg. The flat-bottomed steering wheel, for example, comes as standard on R-Line and Black Edition cars too, while its ventilated 14-way adjustable seats (with four-way adjustable lumbar support) do not hold you as tightly in bends as the more aggressively bolstered ones in the Porsche Cayenne. 

You also sit a little higher than you do in a Cayenne, although that improves visibility. In fact, the view in every direction is fantastic for a car of its size thanks to the tall windows.

If you are a nervous parker, don’t worry – all R models come with front and rear parking sensors, a 360deg camera and a park assist system that helps to steer the car into your chosen parking space. Clever Matrix LED headlights also come as standard. They can stay on main beam but shape their light field to avoid dazzling other road users, so making progress at night should be stress-free.

What is not stress-free, though, is the act of operating the Touareg R’s infotainment system. Featuring a massive 15in screen, it is certainly an impressive-looking piece of kit. However, as with all touchscreens, trying to hit the icons while driving requires you to take your eyes off the road, so even simple commands such as changing the climate control are distracting.

On the plus side, the screen is bright, sharp and easy to see (due to its massive dimensions), while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are included in the price, along with wireless phone charging and a DAB radio. A more powerful Dynaudio 14 speaker, 730w sound system is a reasonably priced option.

You might find the Touareg R’s interior quality disappointing for a premium SUV. The steering wheel and gear selector are trimmed in leather, and the top of the dashboard and doors feature squishy materials, but your fingers don’t have to wander too far to find plastics that could have been lifted from the smaller Volkswagen T-Cross. These hard and scratchy surfaces feel very out of place at this price point, as do the fake metal trims, which add to a sense of cost-cutting. The Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne all knock spots off the Touareg for quality. 

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