Price and Specification of Flagship VW Touareg Announced
The already classy Touareg range of SUVs is getting a boost with a new R-Line Plus model this year, with VW confirming that it will be available to buy in the UK with an asking price of just over £48,000, according to Auto Express.
This range-topping Touareg is likely to be the best-selling model of the bunch, since buyers are generally happy to invest a bit more cash to get the epitome of luxury and sporty enhancements.
The R-Line Plus trim introduces features such as 21-inch alloy wheels, which sit on a suspension system that has been lowered when compared with the standard Touareg, giving it a more aggressive, hunched stance on the road. Adding to this performance-oriented design ethos is a beefier body kit that enhances the already muscular look of the car.
Practical advantages include xenon headlights and a sunroof which provides panoramic views for occupants. So inside and outside, this Touareg should be quite the looker.
Standard features as part of the R-Line Trim include VW’s advanced parking camera system known as Area View. This includes multiple lenses located around the exterior, and the feeds from these are merged together and presented to the driver via the integrated infotainment system.
Being able to see the area surrounding the car from every angle is useful when manoeuvring a large SUV like the Touareg, especially since the driving position and sheer size of the vehicle can often leave the driver’s view obstructed during manoeuvres and create blind spots which might otherwise result in scrapes and bumps occurring.
Electrically adjustable leather seats are included, as are a heated steering wheel, black roof lining and a matching trim on the dashboard which makes the interior seem cool, calm and eminently classy.
The V6 diesel engine which powers the R-Line Plus can either be specified with a standard output of 201bhp or buyers will have the option to spend an additional £1800 and get a more powerful 258bhp unit in its place, pushing the price closer to £50,000.
If the standard R-Line model were equipped with the same extras that are featured on the R-Line Plus, then buyers would have to spend an extra £3255, according to VW. Instead, this special edition comes at just £1160 more than its stable mate, meaning that there is little sense in seeking to stick with its less prestigious counterpart thanks to the savings that are possible.
If the Touareg is an SUV that does not appeal, whether because of its price or its badge, then the Peugeot 3008 is a compact alternative which was also launched this week, ahead of a UK release window scheduled for October this year.
The 3008 has appealing if chunky styling that will make it a worthy alternative to models like the Nissan Qashqai. And on the inside it is endowed with a 12.3-inch infotainment system that includes GPS navigation capabilities and compatibility with Apple’s CarPlay service.
A basic 1.2 litre petrol engine will be available with an impressive 128bhp at its disposal, with a larger 1.6 litre unit raising the output to 163bhp. In terms of diesel engines, there will be a 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre offering of the BlueHDi power plant, with manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes on offer for both.
After its release later in the year, Peugeot is expecting to get to work on a plug-in hybrid version of the 3008, pencilling in a 2019 launch for this eco-friendly model.
All versions will come with advanced traction control and various driver-assist features, including descent management capabilities. The option to add automatic braking and lane-departure warning systems, in addition to other safety features, will be made available to buyers.
The new 3008 is lighter and more nimble than its predecessor whilst also offering improved fuel efficiency and a bigger boot, giving it a lot of advantages which will help it tackle the increasingly competitive SUV market.