The current generation Volkswagen Touareg is one of the most misunderstood cars on the market. Because secretly this is a less vulgar Audi Q7 with the driving comfort of a Bentley Bentayga. The third generation Touareg can therefore rightly call itself the spiritual successor of the Phaeton. This summer, Volkswagen is putting the Touareg back in the spotlight with a striking facelift.
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Well, we say striking, but actually that’s not too bad. A lot has changed in five years, so that VW’s greatest modern design traits are also included. Then we are of course talking about sharpened bumper work, refreshed rims that can be up to 21-inch in size and an LED stripe in the front that connects both headlights. The light show does not stop there, because in January of this year Europe gave Volkswagen permission to market cars with a lit-up logo on the back. This was previously allowed in China and the US, but is now also finding its way to our regions. As a result, the Touareg gets a striking dash of bling bling on a bodywork that, for the rest, mainly wants to glide through the streets as anonymously as possible.
There are also smart technological updates. For example, the Touareg naturally gets VW’s latest infotainment system in the interior (although that is not really something to be proud of) and the Touareg unpacks with sensors on the roof that can measure the weight of your roof load. As a result, the Touareg knows that its center of gravity has changed and adjusts the calibration of the ESP. Also adjusted is the calibration of the air suspension. To show how refined this Touareg is, we also mention that VW has softened the center console and the armrest on the door panels to guarantee a more comfortable ride. A comfortable SUV, that’s how we like to see them. Have you heard, brother Urus?