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It's the big daddy; rd fa face cebo book om The VW Touareg has to be on your list if you are hunting for a top-class, large, second-hand SUV, claims BRUCE BOOTH.


IT was VW's first venture into the premium 4x4 marketplace and very quickly the Touareg proved to be one of the leaders in the growing full-size SUV sector.

It also answered another major debating point, proving beyond doubt, once and for all, that big really is beautiful.

For this not-so-little gem was the daddy of the massproduced 4x4 world - a sector that, even today, is still growing, despite major attempts by many, including the green bridage, to see it wiped off the planet.

With class-leading comfort, a hi-tech specification list and a host of gadgets and safety features, it wasn't too difficult to see why the secondgeneration Touareg, especially one fitted with VW's 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine, went from strength to strength.

Out on the open road or even fighing with congested urban traffic, the high driving position meant motorists enjoyed all-round visibility that gave a great view of what was up ahead.

Surprisingly quick to get going from a standing start, the 237bhp V6 oil burner delivered its power smoothly and without fuss through a six-speed auto box, keeping bags of power available in reserve for just when it was needed.

Another plus side was that there was masses of room for five adults and their luggage.

Not only that, it came with a plethora of handy storage compartments scattered throughout.

Make no mistake, the Touareg proved a sizeable companion and is a great costeffective used buy for anyone in the market for a full-sized, four-wheel-drive SUV.

The latest models are now sleeker than ever, despite the vast array of creature comforts found on board, and the V6-powered machine is cabable of returning nearly 30mpg and can deliver a top speed of 135mph.

But even with all these figures ready to impress, it is the Touareg's handling that makes it just that bit special.

Boasting a host of technological aids, which include electronic stabilising and differential lock on all four wheels, along with antislip regulation for when conditions get desperate, it boldly goes where few would even contemplate to venture.

None of these features came at the expense of luxury touches, which included electrically adjustable heated front seats, multi-function computer with colour screen, electric windows and front and rear parking sensors.

Safety features were also prominent, with an advanced anti-lock brake system, hydraulic brake assist, electronic stabilisation programme and a sensor that automatically unlocks the Volkswagen's doors in the event of any accident.

A 2010 10-plate V6 model model in SE trim with about 60,000 miles on the clock should cost from PS14,000 to PS18,000, while a similarplated model in higher Escape trim rises to between PS16,110 and PS20,660.

Move on to 2011 and 11-plate models with some 50,000 miles and you will have to pay anything from PS17,515 to PS21,815 for the SE model and between PS18,560 and PS23,115 for the more upmarket Escape version.

ARNOLD Clark Volkswagen franchise manager Roch Starrs said: "The Touareg is a big, bold and luxurious SUV packing a refined 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine and full four-wheeldrive capacity. The wide grille and alloys cut a distinctive presence on the road and inside you'll find a wellfinished, roomy cabin with plenty of creature comforts."


REFINED 3 The VW's cabin boasts a host of hi-tech features to make life on board extremely pleasant

TOUGH Z The Volkswagen Touareg is well equipped to venture off-road
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 13, 2015
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