What diesel slump? Volkswagen adds new engine to Touareg SUV

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2018 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

A new, lower-powered V6 diesel option is available on VW's big SUV.

Are diesel sales down? It appears no one told Volkswagen – or at least the German carmaker has had more time to get used to it. VW has just announced a new lower-powered version of its 3.0-litre diesel mill for the recently launched Touareg SUV. 

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The 228 bhp V6 joins the 282 bhp version that the car was launched with, and both engines are available across the three trims of the car’s line-up – SEL, R-Line and R-Line Tech. 

The introduction of the new engine to the Touareg range means a new starting price for the car – the Touareg SEL now starts from the bargain price of £48,995 on the road. 

The 228 bhp V6 delivers maximum power from 3,250 rpm to 4,750 rpm, with peak torque of 369 lb-ft delivered between 1,750 rpm and 3,000 rpm. Volkswagen says that the new engine manages the same CO2 figure of 173 g/km and the same 3,500 kg towing capacity as the more powerful 282 bhp version. 

2018 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

All Touaregs come equipped with an eight-speed tiptronic auto gearbox, 4Motion four-wheel drive and a limited slip differential.

The SEL gets 19-inch alloys and LED front and rear lights, while inside there’s VW’s Vienna Black leather trim and LED interior lighting. The gearstick and steering wheel also get a bit of leather trim and there are gloss black and aluminium inlays strewn about the place in a calculated fashion. 

Also as standard is the Discover Navigation Pro system with 9.2-inch touchscreen that features European maps, Bluetooth and DAB. 

2018 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

Punt your way up through the range to R Line Tech and you’ll find yourself with gigantic 20-inch alloys, a ton of tech and a whopping 15-inch touchscreen that merges in with the digital instrument panel to create a cinema-like vista of screen across the dashboard. 

The new diesel engine is available to order straight away from all good Volkswagen dealers nationwide – and the bad ones too. 

Model

Engine

Gearbox

CO₂ g/km

Price

Touareg SEL

3.0 V6 TDI 231 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 48,995

Touareg SEL

3.0 V6 TDI 286 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 51,595

Touareg R-Line

3.0 V6 TDI 231 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 52,495

Touareg R-Line

3.0 V6 TDI 286 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 55,095

Touareg R-Line Tech

3.0 V6 TDI 231 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 55,595

Touareg R-Line Tech

3.0 V6 TDI 286 PS

8-sp auto

173

£ 58,195