Driven This Week: VW Touareg 3.0 V6 TDi SE Auto

This week I have been driving the VW Touareg 3.0 V6 TDi SE 240ps that we had delivered in April of this year. We ordered 3 in total, one of which should have been for me anyway. But due to the delay (suppose to have been delivered November 2010), I ordered the Audi S4 instead.

I was quite reluctant to drive this, as I had driven the previous model and I did not like it at all. I do like 4×4’s in general being a massive fan of the Range Rover Sport and the Land Rover Discovery. For some reason I also love the ride height of these type of vehicles.

When I ordered one of these, I went for the SE as at the time VWFS had a great offer on it. The only thing I wish could have changed were the wooden inserts on the dashboard. Apart from that the Touareg, in SE form comes with quite a bit of kit including Touch Screen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Phone Prep, DAB Radio and the 8 Speed Auto gearbox, which isn’t a double clutch version, but is very smooth. Apparently, VW say that the traditional torque convertor gearboxes suit the larger 4×4 engines better.

Driving the vehicle is brilliant, so much better than the previous model. The Touareg now feels very similar to the X5 in road holding, plus the engine picks up very well, the gear change is very smooth and the comfort is fantastic! Fuel economy is excellent, but I would say that as I drive and S4. But on £10’s worth of diesel, I got close to 100 miles.

The stop start system takes a while to get used to, I have driven manual cars with the stop start, but this car is an auto. Fully depress the brake at a junction and the engine cuts out, if it senses you raising your foot the engine restarts. Very little delay and actually prefer it to the Manual Gearbox versions of the Stop/Start.

Overall I am very impressed by this car and I think I would have been quite happy if I had of ended up in this car full time. Would recommend getting one of these (of course through Cocoon Vehicles) especially while residuals are strong and VW are pushing them.