volkswagen touareg range starts at ®28,600 with new 2.5 tdi

Jun 11, 2003

Volkswagen has confirmed prices for its entry-level Touareg off-road vehicle, the   2.5 TDI, starting at £28,600 for the six-speed manual version.  An automatic tiptronic model, also with six speeds, costs £29,990 on the road.

The 2.5 TDI is projected to be the best selling model in the Touareg range, taking just over 55 per cent of total UK sales.  The next most popular version is set to be the 3.2-litre V6 petrol, which starts from £29,340.  

The new in-line five-cylinder 2.5-litre diesel engine is effectively half of the 5.0-litre V10 TDI, which last week won its category in the International Engine of the Year Awards, and came second overall.  Like its larger counterpart, the advanced 2.5-litre powerplant uses high-pressure Pumpe Düse unit injectors, which inject fuel into each cylinder at a maximum pressure of around 2,050 bar.  This compares with approximately 1,600 bar for the latest common rail systems.  Higher injection pressures lead to better fuel atomisation, in turn resulting in greater performance and efficiency.

With 174 PS at 3,500 rpm, the Touareg 2.5 TDI is the most powerful diesel vehicle in the sub-£30,000 4x4 market.  Its maximum torque of 295 lbs ft peaks at just 2,000 rpm, which makes this powerplant especially suitable for the rigours of off-road driving.  In manual form with optional CDC (Continuous Damping Control air suspension), the 2.5 TDI’s top speed is 117 mph, with rest to 62 mph taking 12.4 seconds.  Combined fuel consumption is 28.8 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 265 g/km.

Standard equipment is comprehensive, with highlights including: driver’s, front passenger’s and front seat side airbags plus curtain airbag system; cruise control; 17” alloys wheels; CD player; electric windows and mirrors; multifunction computer; 2Zone electronic climate control and opening rear windscreen.

Competing in the large 4x4 segment, the Touareg is designed to deliver class-leading performance both on and off the road.  Features such as permanent 4XMOTION four-wheel drive; a low-ratio gearbox; electronic traction control linked to an auto-locking centre differential; optional, selectable mechanical front and rear differential locks; hill start and descent assist; and short front and rear overhangs, all contribute to its impressive ability when venturing off the beaten track.  When back on the road, ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist system) boost safety on every model.

Four engines are available in the Touareg, with more to follow.  Aside from the 2.5-litre and 5.0-litre V10 TDI diesels, there are two petrol engines, the 220 PS 3.2-litre V6 and a 310 PS 4.2-litre V8, which both offer smooth on-road performance with good low-down flexibility for off-road driving. Volkswagen’s advanced 6.0-litre W12 engine – already available in the Phaeton luxury saloon – will be offered in the Touareg next year.

Technical specification – Touareg 2.5-litre TDI manual 

Cubic capacity – litres/cc 2.5/2460
Output – PS/rpm 174/3500
Max torque – lbs ft/rpm 295/2000
Gearbox 6 spd manual
Suspension Steel springs std/CDC air suspension optional (£1,795)
Top speed – mph 114/117 (CDC version)
0-62 mph – secs 12.4
Economy – mpg         urban 21.4
                          extra urban 36.2
                            combined 28.8
CO2 – g/km 265
On the road price – £ 28,600

Technical specification – Touareg 2.5-litre TDI automatic tiptronic  

Cubic capacity – litres/cc 2.5/2460
Output – PS/rpm 174/3500
Max torque – lbs ft/rpm 295/2000
Gearbox 6 spd automatic tiptronic
Suspension Steel springs std/CDC air suspension optional (£1,795)
Top speed – mph 111/114 (CDC version)
0-62 mph – secs 12.9
Economy – mpg         urban 20.8
                         extra urban 34.9
                            combined 28.0
CO2 – g/km 273
On the road price – £ 29,990





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