Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 TSI PHEV 4Motion R 5dr Tip Auto

  • Automatic
  • Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid
  • 5 door suv
  • 462 bhp Engine power
  • 5.1 secs 0 to 62 mph

Ten Second Review

The most powerful car in the entire Volkswagen line-up is this model, the Touareg R. This dynamic 462PS luxury large SUV is the first of the brand's sporting R models to feature plug-in drive. And it's the first all-wheel drive model in VW's PHEV range.

Background

The Touareg R is a step beyond any version of Volkswagen's largest SUV that we're previously seen. It's also a very different car from any that the Wolfsburg marque's 'R' sub-brand has attempted to develop before, taking its place above the Golf R and T-Roc R models that Jost Capito and his team have already launched. Some had expected this top Touareg to use the fiery 600PS mild hybrid petrol V8 from the Audi RS Q8. Or perhaps the 435PS V8 BiTDI diesel engine from the Audi SQ7. The 462PS petrol V6 it has instead is more than sufficient to justify the 'R' branding. Unlike the two other engines just mentioned, this one is a plug-in hybrid powertrain - essentially the same unit used by the Porsche Cayenne and the Bentley Bentayga, but delivered here without the six-figure price tag.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, there's a turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine with 340PS mated to an electric motor contributing a further 136PS that is situated between the engine and the 8-speed Tiptronic auto gearbox and is powered by a 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery beneath the boot floor. The two drive systems can be combined in a 'boost' function when required - for instance when overtaking - and when this happens, you get a full system output rated at 462PS, along with 700Nm of torque. Air suspension and adaptive damping are standard. Unlike the Golf R and T-Roc R models, there's no 'Race' mode for high performance driving but you'll still be going pretty quickly. Rest to 62mph can be dispatched in around 5 seconds on the way to 155mph. When you're not seeking outright performance, you can select the fully-electric 'E-Mode', which allows for battery-powered driving at speeds of up to 87mph - though obviously, if you even approach that sort of velocity with any regularity, you won't get anywhere near the WLTP-rated electric driving range capability - quoted at 28 miles. So that potential owners can retain the usual Touareg's full 3.5-tonne towing weight, this R variant keeps the conventional model's Torsen-equipped 4MOTION 4WD system with its various tarmac and off road drive settings. For regular 'off piste' use, you'll need the optional 'Off-Road Package', which brings improved under-body shielding and extra traction control settings for driving on sand, mud and gravel.

Design and Build

From the outside, this top Touareg sets itself apart from humbler variants with various little touches - R-style bumpers, black louvres in the air intake grilles, black trim strips on the side windows, black mirror housings, a radiator grille with black trim strips and special 20-inch 'Braga' black alloy wheels. Plus if you should miss all of that, there's a pair of large trapezoidal tailpipes to clue lesser drivers in on what's just flashed past them. Inside, the enhancements are equally subtle. Things like embossed R logos for the unique sports steering wheel and for the head restraints of seats trimmed in Vienna leather upholstery with 'Crystal Grey' stitching. 'Silver Wave' aluminium decorates the dash and the doors and you get brushed stainless steel pedals and cool white background lighting. As in top versions of the standard model, there's a huge 15-inch infotainment display on the centre stack and a 12-inch digital instrument cluster. As usual on a Touareg, there's a comfortable back seat with sliding and seat reclining options. Luggage space, accessed via a powered tailgate and a stainless steel load sill protection plate, is slightly compromised by the PHEV system's battery, so is down from 810 to 610-litres. Think in terms of around 1,600-litres with the seats down.

Market and Model

The most expensive versions of more conventional Touaregs already cost around £60,000, so you'll need to think in terms of needing a budget of around £72,000 for a Touareg R, which is about the same as you'd pay for an identically-engineered Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid. Console yourself with the thought that an identically-engineered Bentley Bentayga PHEV could cost you nearly twice as much. Obviously, the standard spec is comprehensive, including the Black exterior pack that costs extra on other variants in the range, along with 20-inch wheels, iQ.Light LED matrix headlights, a panoramic sunroof, 4-zone air conditioning, special sports steering wheel and unique upholstery. The 'Innovision' in-car screen package is included too giving this model a 15-inch central touchscreen and a 12-inch digital instrument binnacle display. There's also the latest version of Volkswagen's 'Travel Assist' adaptive cruise control system which can accelerate, steer or brake this Touareg at speeds of up to 155mph. Options include a 780-watt sound system and Night vision (which detects people or animals in the dark using a thermal imaging camera). You can upgrade to larger 21 or 22-inch black alloy wheels. And there's an exclusive 'Sepang Blue'-piped 'Puglia' leather interior package using hide tanned using olive oil.

Cost of Ownership

Not surprisingly, the efficiency specs here are much the same as those of this model's near-identically-engineered direct cousin, the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid. So think of a set of WLTP figures claiming this car to be capable of up to 94.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 67g/km of CO2. As with all PHEVs, these are pie in the sky figures, but at least the emissions reading will mean substantial BiK tax savings over a comparable diesel model - say for instance, Audi's SQ7. A mode 3, 32 A / 7.2 kW charging cable is included to top up the battery from public charge points. Charging an empty battery in this way will take two and a half hours, while using a household three-pin socket will take eight and a half hours. Empty to full charging takes around 4 hours from a 7kW garage wallbox - or up to 6 hours from a domestic plug. As usual with a PHEV, there's the option of saving battery charge for later in your trip (urban driving you might have to complete at the end of a long motorway journey for instance. And if the plug-in system's 14.1kWh battery is running low, you can (rather inefficiently) charge it using the V6 petrol engine as a generator. It's better though, to try and cope by simply increasing the level of regenerative braking. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your Touareg will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner.

Summary

This potent plug-in powertrain suits this ultimate Touareg very well. If you want more straight-up power from a Volkswagen Group-engineered premium large SUV, there's always the Audi RS Q8: if you want more torque, there's always the Audi SQ7. But those two models look a little one-dimensional alongside this one. A Touareg R, after all, has much more to offer than just barnstorming performance. At one extreme, there's the potential for largely fuel-free near-silent commuting. At the other, this car's capable, when properly equipped, of dealing with the kind of challenging off road track you might hesitate to attempt in a Land Rover product. And in between, it's capable of scaling sixty from rest as quickly as would a Porsche 718 Cayman sports car. There's something very appealing about a product like that. Particularly one that also comes with the warm eco-centric glow you get these days from choosing something electrified. A car with super-affordable tax liability. And a set of fuel and CO2 stats that'll stop Greenpeace carpers in their tracks. Yes, it'd be nicer to have a Bentley Bentayga or Porsche Cayenne with this same tech. But a Touareg R makes so much more financial sense. We think you'd like one.

  • Dusk sensor
  • eCall emergency system
  • Fully electric tailgate + keyless entry and start
  • One touch indicators with repeat function
  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking
  • Tailgate power latch
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
  • Gesture control for infotainment system
  • Infotainment start screen with R Logo
  • Multi device interface (MDI) with illuminated USB-C connection
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • SD card slot
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
  • Title and cover art display
  • Volkswagen media control
  • Black anodised roof rails
  • Black trim on lower bumper
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured wheel arches
  • C signature gloss black front air intake
  • Chromed tailpipe on the left and right integrated in the bumper with trapezoid design
  • Galvanised body
  • Gloss black finish B pillar
  • Gloss black rear diffuser
  • High gloss black grill with R logo
  • High gloss black window trim
  • Mirror caps in high gloss black
  • Plastic scuff plates in door apertures
  • R Line side sills
  • R logo on rear fender
  • R Specific body colour front bumper
  • R Specific body colour rear bumper
  • Rear diffusor in high gloss black
  • Rear side wing doors
  • 12V socket in front and rear centre console and boot
  • 2 Coat hooks on B pillar
  • Black lower edge of door extending sills
  • Branded points of interest
  • Door mats with blue stitching with R logo
  • Electric luggage compartment cover
  • Folding rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Front centre armrest with storage box
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Illuminated scuff plate with R logo
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Leather trimmed gear knob with gloss black inlay/aluminum trim
  • Leatherette door trim
  • Load through provision
  • Luggage compartment with load lashing rings
  • Plastic loading edge protection
  • Puglia leather upholstery with "R" ergoComfort 14 way electric front seats
  • Soul black headlining
  • Sports multifunction leather heated steering wheel with gear paddles and R logo
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Ambient Light Pack Coloured - Touareg R Line
  • Innovision cockpit pack - Touareg
  • 3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners
  • Active bonnet
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Two tone horn
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Alarm with interior monitoring in cab, backup horn and towing protection
  • Child security locks for front and rear doors
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty: 70
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 14.3
  • Battery Charge Type 1 kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes): 510
  • Battery Charge Type 2 kW: 7.2
  • Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes): 310
  • Battery Charge Type 3 kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes): 150
  • Battery Charge Type 4 kW: N
  • Battery Charge Type 4 Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Type 4 Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location: Left Side Rear
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb: 25
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 45
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 28
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 52
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 68
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 52
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 2995
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 89
  • Engine Code: CR7RZJ
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 2.9
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 2.9
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 97.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEH: 94.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEL: 97.4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Badge Power: 462
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: V6 TSI PHEV 4Motion
  • Coin Series: R
  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 48E
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 89
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 81
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18600
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.1
  • Engine Power - BHP: 462
  • Engine Power - KW: 340
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 332
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 45.9
  • Engine Torque - NM: 450
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1340
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 285/35 R22
  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/35 R22
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: ESTORIL
  • Wheel Type: 22" ALLOY
  • Height: 1686
  • Length: 4878
  • Wheelbase: 2899
  • Width: 1984
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 76
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3010
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 665
  • Max. Loading Weight: 617
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2393
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.2