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Equipment

4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Three models to choose from, all well-equipped
  • R-Line should prove most popular in the UK
  • Long list of optional extras to personalise and enhance

Volkswagen Touareg: will my gadgets work?

You can choose from one of three Touareg trim levels: SEL, R-Line and R-line Tech, which fits in well with the rest of the Volkswagen range. The company expects that the R-Line is likely to be the bestselling version in the UK.

Standard Volkswagen Touareg SUV equipment

At the bottom of the trim structure you'll find SEL specification, which includes:

Moving up to R-Line additionally secures you:

  • 20-inch alloys
  • Sports suspension
  • R-Line bodykit and badging
  • Heated R-Line steering wheel with paddleshifters for auto gearbox
  • Four USB jacks
  • Powered tailgate
  • Four-zone climate control
  • Automatic parking
  • Rear-view camera

At the top of the range, R-Line Tech also gets:

  • Different 20-inch alloys
  • Higher-quality leather upholstery
  • ErgoComfort seats (electrically adjustable 14 ways with memory function)
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

R-Line Tech also comes as standard with the Innovision Cockpit, which comprises:

  • A 15.0-inch screen that includes the control of the dual-zone air conditioning system, seat heating, and seat massage.
  • App Connect
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Media Control
  • Four USB ports (two at the front as interfaces for the infotainment system including charging function and two at the rear only with a charging function)
  • WLAN hotspot
  • Gesture and voice control depending on the function
  • Connected Navigation that self-learns your most-used routes
  • Hybrid radio (live and streaming)
  • Mobile online services
  • Personalisable home screen

VW Touareg: optional extras

There's a vast swathe of extra-cost options to enhance or personalise your Touareg, including:

  • 21-inch alloy wheels
  • Air suspension with rear-wheel steering
  • Active anti-roll technology
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Automatic trailer parking
  • Heated and cooled massaging front seats
  • Uprated sound system
  • Night vision (displayed on instrument panel)
  • Head-up display
  • Panormaic glass sunroof

Volkswagen Touareg Innovision cockpit

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Touareg SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • CD
R Line optional equipment
None available

R Line Tech equipment

R Line Tech standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
R Line Tech optional equipment
None available

SEL equipment

SEL standard equipment
  • CD
SEL optional equipment
None available

Safety

4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Great list of standard and optional safety features
  • Only two Isofix points in the rear
  • Confirmed as a five-star Euro NCAP performer

Volkswagen Touareg: will my Isofix child seats fit?

The Volkswagen Touareg is a very safe car. It comes with the Volkswagen Group's latest suite of safety systems. Considering it's so large, it's a surprise to see that there's provision for two only Isofix seats in the rear and fittings for the front is optional.

But despite this, the Touareg scored five stars in its  Euro NCAP crash test in autumn 2018. In lieu of the full UK standard equipment list, here are the major safety systems offered on the Touareg range as a whole.

Safety features available on the Volkswagen Touareg SUV

  • Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System and Pedestrian Monitoring
  • Intersection Assist (warning of cross traffic from front)
  • Lane Assist (lane-departure warning system)
  • Side Assist (Lane Change and Turn-off Assist)
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
  • Proactive occupant protection system (conditioning of the safety system as well as closing of windows and panoramic glass roof before a potential accident)
  • Driver Alert System (warning of fatigue)
  • Night Vision
  • Dynamic Road Sign Display (showing road signs such as speed information and no overtaking)
  • IQ Light – LED headlights: people in a potential danger area are briefly flashed to make them more visible for the driver and as a warning.
  • Front Cross Traffic Assist

WATCH: Volkswagen Touareg SUV Euro NCAP crash test

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen Touareg SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2018
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 89%
Child Occupant: 86%
Pedestrian: 72%
Safety Assist: 81%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

4 out of 5 4.0
  • Spacious cabin, front and rear 
  • Well-sized boot, five-seats only 
  • Up there with the best for passenger space

Volkswagen Touareg: will my family fit?

This is a big, luxurious car, and as you'd expect, it's roomy enough to swallow five people without any real issues. There's plenty of room up-front, oodles of headroom, and in the rear, three adults will happily co-exist, especially thanks to the car's flat(ish) floor.

There is no seven-seat option (there never has been on the Touareg), unlike its principal rivals, the Audi Q7 or Land Rover Discovery. However, rear passengers are well-served with leg- and headroom – as you'd expect for a car in this class.

Volkswagen Touareg: will it fit in my garage?

Like its rival SUVs, the Touareg is on the large size for average UK parking bays and garages, but with its suite of parking sensors, cameras and the automatic parking functions we tested, the physical act of parking it was actually straightforward.

Volkswagen Touareg: will my luggage fit?

The luggage space is XL-sized as well. Load length is 1,051mm, the loading lip is 808mm from the ground, while the boot space ranges between 810 litres with the rear seats up in place and 1,800 litres with them fully folded. On air-suspended models, the ride height can be lowered by the touch of a button in the luggage area to aid loading.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Volkswagen Touareg SUV compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Volkswagen Touareg SUV 810 litres
BMW X5 4x4 500 litres
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 4x4 (15-19) 480 litres
Audi Q7 SUV 235 litres