Volkswagen Touareg Test Drive Review

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Written by: Hazmie Zaini,

Beautiful, elegant, luxurious, stylish and large! That’s what the author acknowledged after making a test drive to the most expensive car amongst Volkswagen.
The author was given chances to make a test drive to the Volkswagen, Touareg. The car has been categorized as a Premium Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that has a lot of facilities, spacious and eye-catching design. Volkswagen Brunei introduced the R-Line version to the author that gives the best to the buyers. The author will explain to some extend about it.
Volkswagen Touareg R-Line is the new release in Brunei market that adds to the new Volkswagen R-Line range like Tiguan R-Line and CC R-Line. Touareg R-Line is designed with changes of front bumper and wider rear with chrome grill that has an R-Line symbol to its front panel.

Follow-up in the success of Touareg, the new Touareg R-Line rise the urge of the product range with genuine off-road capabilities and equipped with a sportier slant. In additional to standard equipment to the normal Touareg, a set of 20 inch ‘Mallory’ tyre from Volkswagen R GmbH comes as a standard equipment for Touareg R-Line.
On the inside, Black Piano Lacquer has been included as a decoration to the dashboard. Slim door panel and middle console, while stainless steel scuff plates with the ‘R-Line’ logo can be seen each time the door is opened. All of the door panels are equipped with LED that gives more comfortable and indoor lighting. One more unique feature of the new Touareg R-Line is the two-tone ‘Nappa’ leather upholstery that gives the car’s exterior look more sportive.

During the test drive at Muara highway to Kampung Serasa, a car that comes with the power from Diesel engine not as what it was expected, when the author pushed down the accelerator to its maximum, clutching from first gear to fourth gear, gravitational pull was obviously sensed without noise inside the car or vibration while driving at high acceleration.
Powered by clean Diesel unit, 3.0 V6 TDI. This engine houses of maximum power of 245 bhp (3,800 rpm-4,400 rpm) and maximum torque 550 Nm (1,750 rpm-2,750 rpm), consuming only 7.2L per 100km at combined cycle. This engine is equipped with 8-speed automatic gearbox along with all-wheel drive that remain from 4MOTION. This allows the Touareg R-Line to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in only 7.6 seconds.

What is interesting about this car is, if the driver runs the system automatically, amongst the known functions that acknowledged by the author while driving during the rain, Volkswagen Touareg's computer system will automatically switch on the wiper according on how heavy the rain is and switch on the LED safety highlights without pushing any button.

As a superior SUV Volkswagen, Touareg R-Line comes with features like ‘Climatronic’ with 4-zone air conditioning, electrical function of luggage opening and closing, ‘RCD 550’ audio system with touchscreen display and multi-function sport steering covered with leather skin with R-Line logo.
Regarding safety, in addition to existing standard features that Touareg R-Line has is airbag for driver and front and back passengers as well as side of the mirror and foot area, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) that included Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Anti-Slip Regulator (ASR) and trailer stabilisation function, pedestrian protection near the car, ‘Area View’ camera including ‘Rear View’ camera, Child lock electronic for rear door that is controlled from the driver’s seat and etc.