Volkswagen Touareg R-Line 3.0 V6 TDI Review

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
23 Jan 2014

Introduction, Exterior

In the world of SUVs, power, comfort and space are the hallmarks of what make an SUV. But quite often handling takes a backseat behind those prerequisites. When we drove the Touareg last year, the large VW impressed us with its competent handling whether in the bends or cruising on the expressways.

This wasn’t surprising considering the SUV shares much of the same underpinnings as the more illustrious Porsche Cayenne.



The R-line kit hasn’t made any seismic changes to the SUV but builds upon the muscular lines that were already designed into the Touareg. The front bumper remains but gets a more aggressive lower lip with black inserts.

Around the back, the lower diffuser hasn’t changed but the trapezoidal pipes have been replaced with oval ones.

The most significant change here are the set of ‘Tarragona’ 20-inch alloys that are paired with the R-line kit. These exquisite chrome two tone wheels liven up the big SUV significantly. 

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Engine Capacity 2967cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 16.8:1
Bore x Stroke (83x91.4)mm
Power 245bhp @ 3800rpm
Torque 550Nm @ 1750rpm
Power to Weight 113.8 bhp per ton


Acceleration 7.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 220 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type F4
Steering Hydraulic


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4795 x 1940 x 1709) mm
Wheelbase 2893 mm
Turning Circle 11.9 metres
Kerb Weight 2153 kg
Boot Capacity 580 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1642 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 85 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs