Volkswagen Touareg R-Style 2022: after 20 years

It seems like yesterday I was opening one of my first car magazines and discovering two Volkswagen models from foreign segments for the German manufacturer.

One was the Phaeton, and it wanted to be a luxury limousine that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. The second was the Touareg, a large SUV with serious off-road claims. It is probably no secret that the SUV managed to pass the test of time, despite the fact that its price was not much lower than that of the limousine. And although the Touareg has gone from luxury off-roader to luxury SUV, losing the blocker and reducer along the way, its popularity seems to have grown, by no means wilted.

Touareg – from luxury off-roader to luxury SUV

I’ve been lucky enough to drive all generations of the Touareg, and this one manages to impress me every time. Even more so now, when I was able to test a version just out of the gates of the factory in Bratislava, with a 3,000 cc petrol engine, exceptionally equipped with the R Style package and black trim. Perhaps the icing on the cake was the air suspension, one that manages to make the 2.1-tonne beast both glued to the road and comfortable, but above all still quite capable when the terrain suddenly turns unpaved.

93,000 Euro would be the price of such a configuration

A lot for some, enough for others, but we must not forget that under the skin the car has a very advanced longitudinal engine platform and eight-speed automatic transmission, a ZF transmission used by many ambitious manufacturers, from Volkswagen to Rolls-Royce or even Bentley, and the Bentayga is a closer relative of the Touareg than you might think.

Compared to the examples produced 12 months ago, say, the Touareg received the new steering wheel with touch buttons and haptic feedback, a modern VW solution, but not one without flaws. In fact, in today’s SUV, I encountered far fewer, if not any, involuntary touches on the controls on the steering wheel. I was obviously between the steering wheel and the driver’s seat, but the position was not disturbing at all. ErgoComfort is the name of the R Syle black leather armchairs, electric, with memory, heated and with massage, and the space for the driver is more than enough, only Ghița Muresan can complain about a possible claustrophobia, because people of normal size will certainly have no reason to criticism.

After 20 years the Touareg is still a capable car

Anyone who owns the modern Touareg with the 9-inch infotainment system knows that the climate control buttons are physical. But those who enjoy the surprisingly well-integrated 15-inch tablet will have to take their eyes off the road to access temperature, ventilation or heated seats. After a little getting used to it, there will be no more problems, but those who switch from the Touareg 2 to the Touareg 3 will wonder what was the problem with the old configuration.

You could catalog the trunk enough and it would be an insult, because the space it offers you rivals even larger models, and as a bonus you have an electric opening system, but also the possibility to leave the air suspension to have easy access if you want to load bulky or heavy luggage. Even the carpet in the trunk enjoys premium attention. And if you’re afraid of losing space on the bench to enjoy a huge trunk, you can sleep peacefully, three adults won’t bump into each other in the back, they’ll even sit quietly, having somewhere to charge their various devices -s that dominate our lives in anno domini 2022.

And in rough terrain? Well, there is a risk that the first generation of Touareg will show the new model who is boss, but in the areas where we walked, the high ground clearance, the suspension and the off-road mode were welcome aids. You can count on the third generation of the German SUV as much as you can on the second, and most owners won’t be climbing mountains with the equipped cars anyway.

Therefore, after 20 years the Touareg is still a capable car. Petrol, diesel or hybrid, textile or leather, normal or pneumatic suspension, Volkswagen still offers you one of the most versatile models in its class. And I also recommend the insane Matrix LED headlights.


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