VW Touareg R-Line V8 TDI Review

Is VW Touareg V8 TDI R-Line the perfect Sport SUV

VW Touareg V8 TDI R-Line – I never imagined this day would come when you would pay $136,000 plus for a Volkswagen, stick around for a minute and see if it’s worth it

2021 Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI R-Line front Volkswagen’s halo vehicle – the Touareg V8 TDI R-Line –shares the Bentley Bentayga’s 4.0-litre twin turbo diesel, along with the Audi SQ8 and others in the VW Group.

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This beating heart pumps out 310kW and a stunning 900 Nm at just 1750rpm. Driving all four wheels through the 4motion system and a ZF 8 Speed auto transmission. ADR fuel use figures are about 7.5L/100K but we averaged 10.1l/100k over our weeks driving.

2021 Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI R-Line engine

It will run from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds, that’s Golf R territory and faster than many Porsche Cayenne’s.

The real key to the Touareg is how easily it will potter around town with a calmness that belies its stunning performance capabilities. It provides a level of comfort that makes you want to jump in and drive a 1000km and enjoy the drive while arrive feeling totally relaxed.

The Touareg V8 is priced from $136,490 plus the usual costs and is fully equipped in R-line specification, including standard Night Vision, Sound and Comfort, and Innovision packages, the only options are colour or a moonroof.

So is the V8 Touareg R-Line worth the money, absolutely it is, in fact it’s a performance bargain.

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2021 Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI R-Line profile

What is good?

  • Performance, ride, handling
  • Exceptional comfort
  • Standard features

What is not so good?

  • Have to go into screen for A/C controls
  • Not a fan of transmission lever
  • ACC not selectable

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2021 Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI R-Line interior

Model   

2021 VW Touareg V8 TDI R-Line AWD

Model Price $136,490 MLP*
Engine 4.0L V8 TDI Twin Turbo
Drivetrain 8 Speed AT 4 Motion AWD
Power 310kW at 4,200rpm
Torque 900 Nm @ 1,750-2,750rpm
Safety Five Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions 198 g/km
Economy ADR 7.5 L/100km 90L tank
0-100kmh /Top Speed 4.9 secs / 250 kmh
Towing Ability/Ball 3500kg / 240 kg
Servicing 12mths/ 15000km 3 or 5 Yr. fixed  Price
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 1 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

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Overall Rating    

94/100

Behind the Wheel 10
Comfort 10
Equipment 10
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing Ability 9
Fun Factor 9
Value for Money 10

 

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Overall Rating VW Touareg V8 TDI R-Line AWD
  • 10/10
    Behind the Wheel - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Comfort - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Equipment - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Towing Ability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Value for Money - 10/10
9.4/10

Summary

The Touareg V8 is priced from $136,490 plus the usual costs and is fully equipped in R-line specification, including standard Night Vision, Sound and Comfort, and Innovision packages, the only options are colour or a moonroof.

So is the V8 Touareg R-Line worth the money, absolutely it is, in fact it’s a performance bargain.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.