Volkswagen has not always been in search of design intelligent products in the Passat W8, or better known in the Phaeton, but the new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI is like a triumphant symphony in three strategic SUV: petrol engine usually Hybrid and diesel.
The hybrid is the new star of the lineup for several reasons: it would be able to go, technology-Eye effect and the ability to disable the gas engine at speeds up to 99 miles per hour, which makes attractive to those who are electric and hybrid Rating as a solution. But if you do not mind an external flash to 60 km / h, 6.9 seconds for the hybrid and 5.9 do not mind saving a nice chunk of dough in the process, the diesel Touareg is the alt-fuel for you. He has an impressive fuel consumption of 2.5 tons and SUV standards a couple of the tide. Also, I never pass a penny on the candles.
The new Touareg is not as large as its predecessor, a little more or a little wider in the beam, and a little more aggressive in its attitude, an increase of 1.5 cm on the runway. All this contributes to a sportier look and make adjustments to the suspension of the responses of the phenomenon. Fun to drive is not the first characteristic that comes with a vehicle of this class in mind, but the Touareg chassis is narrow and restricted the movements that the body better than anyone. In particular, very precise control and feel, with examples from center to center. with the sensation of braking is very good, although the braking distance is 70 miles per hour so-so at 177 meters.
The fundamental problem here, of course, VW Diesel 3.0-liter turbo. This year is attached to a new gearbox Tiptronic automatic eight, and the combination produces a very good effect operator. Up and down change, but behind just a hint of lack of depth manumatic toe and operation is more sensitive than most.
Although some noise at idle than gas engines Touareg, especially if the driver moves the fire on a cold morning, the new VW compression-ignition V-6 exceptionally quiet different. And, of course, diesel fuel economy-19 mpg city, 28 highway, EPA, 21 years on our trips. Highway No. 4 mpg better than the satisfaction with the new hybrid programs.
As is the case of VW and other automakers, you pay a premium for diesel and durability. The base price of the Touareg TDI starts at $ 48,770, $ 3.500 more than the base Touareg V-6, and $ 3620 more than the basic model of TDI in 2010. The mid-range version starts at $ 52,620 Lux, and tested the top executives top model here is a great $ 58,320. In addition, diesel is more expensive than gasoline, but also go farther on a gallon of gasoline when the engine is the same amount of gasoline Touareg.
However, if the first is the intersection of a priority (as is looking in the wrong class of vehicle), combined with improvements in the aesthetic unity and hip and an enlarged interior, the new Touareg TDI is a very smooth operator and an attractive offer.