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Volkswagen Touareg 3,0 V6 Tdi

Broadcast date : 17th September 2006

The Touareg from Volkswagen has been with us for over two years now and still it looks the business as far as comfort and luxury goes.

Our test model was fitted with a number of options, including smart burr-walnut dash and steering-wheel trim.

On the practical side the optional air-suspension was also fitted, which wed whole-heartedly recommend if you plan any off-road use for this rugged vehicle.

A six CD changer is fitted along with an 11-speaker audio system, and another option was the exterior spare-wheel-mount.

VWs three-litre V6 offers 165 kW, making it an extremely powerful diesel.

The Touareg has some real rock-climbing ability, thanks to high-low-ratio transmission and diff locks.

The optional air suspension gives an amazing variance in ride height, making off-roading an absolute pleasure.

We believe its not easy to source off-road-specific wheels and tyres for the Touareg, but apart from the limitations of the tyre-grip, this is potentially one of the most accomplished off-roaders around.

On-road the suspension can be lowered right down, and performance is car-like with a claimed 10-second 0-100 and a 200 km/h top speed.

Volkswagen Touareg 3,0 V6 Tdi
  • Engine: V6 turbodiesel, 2 967 cc
  • Power: 165 kW @ 4 000 rpm
  • Torque: 500 Nm @ 1 750 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic, high/low ratio, all-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 9,9 seconds (claimed)
  • Top speed: 201 km/h (claimed)
  • Fuel consumption: 13,0 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R489 500

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