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VW Touareg R-Line V8 TDI Review

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

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.


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.

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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Im Rob Fraser

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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.

Overall Rating    


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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