vw touareg 2.5 tdi review With a V10 diesel heading the Touareg line-up, the vw touareg 2.5 TDi’s got as much chance of making headlines as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political opponents. But, unsurprisingly, the price of vw touareg 2.5 tdi is £28,600 option – nearly half the price of the V10 – is the one most likely to populate UK roads.
So half the price, but half the engine – literally – as it’s an in-line five-cylinder version of the 5.0-litre
V10, sharing its basic architecture and the pumpe düse injection
system. In this bisected form it produces 172bhp, optimised at 3500rpm,
while 1500rpm lower down the rev range you get the full 295 lb ft slug
vw touareg 2.5 tdi Despite the on-paper appeal, this isn’t another ‘VW diesels are good news’
story. The problem is refinement, or rather the lack of it. In an age
of big, creamy diesels, the VW simply isn’t up to scratch. There’s an
unruly clatter right from start-up, and it never diminishes; there’s
pronounced intrusion when ticking over in traffic or wafting along at
cruising speeds and everything in between. And you don’t get the payback
of lusty performance, either, especially not with the £1390 auto ’box.
Lethargy off the line is frustrating, and so is the age it takes to pile
on pace through the all-important 30-70mph zone. Regaining urge after
mixing with slower-moving traffic is tiresome – and going hard on the
throttle just sends more noise into the cabin. It’s a pity, because
we’ve got a lot of time for the Touareg. Elsewhere, it acquits itself
well on the road, soaking up bumps and not feeling ungainly through
corners or unstable at speed.
As with the rest of the range, it’s good news behind the wheel, too.
VW has turned the perceived build quality dial up to 10 – meaning that
it surpasses virtually every rival. What’s more, you get plenty of
space, practicality and standard kit – even in this, the humblest
Doubtless vw touareg 2.5 tdi will prove the best residual investment and
make the most cost-effective company car choice. So it’s all the more a
shame that VW didn’t fit one of its better-refined diesels.
The Volkswagen touareg 2.5 tdi is a luxury sport-utility with a rare
blend of highway composure, refinement, and impressive off-highway
capability. Touareg offers a choice of a V6 gas engine or V6 diesel.
Notable options include a touch-screen navigation system that comes
with a multi-function color display, a choice of two upgraded stereos,
and active Bi-Xenon headlights. Walnut interior trim and Bluetooth connectivity are standard on 2010 Touareg models. The V8-powered version is no longer available.
vw touareg 2.5 tdi offers five-passenger seating. Like the Porsche
Cayenne, Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz ML, the Touareg eschews a third
row of seats for five-passenger space in a compact package.
The V6 diesel TDI engine is aimed more at economy than performance,
and is emissions-certified in all 50 states; in cities where the air is
really bad the TDI’s exhaust will be less toxic than the air going
in. All Touareg models use a six-speed automatic transmission and
full-time four-wheel drive.