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Volkswagen Touareg 2021 pricing and specs detailed: Twin-turbo V8 headlines new diesel range

The Touareg has been given an engine overhaul for MY21.

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed pricing and specification for the MY21 Touareg large SUV ahead of its launch in October.

The Touareg’s line-up has been completely overhauled due to the introduction of new diesel engines, which are compliant with the stringent Euro6 emissions standard.

Headlining the new range – albeit in unconfirmed limited numbers – is the 310TDI R-Line flagship, which is powered by a familiar 310kW/900Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that helps the Touareg sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds.

The 190TDI variants and their 190kW/600Nm 3.0-litre single-turbo V6 have been replaced by the entry-level 170TDI and mid-range 210TDI Elegance and 210TDI R-Line, which use a similarly configured engine with outputs of 170kW/500Nm and 210kW/600Nm respectively.

Performance-wise, the 170TDI and its 210TDI siblings reach triple digits in 7.5s and 6.1s respectively, while their fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test is identical, at 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres.

The 310TDI R-Line is powered by a familiar 310kW/900Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. The 310TDI R-Line is powered by a familiar 310kW/900Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.

The 310TDI R-Line drinks 7.5L/100km, which is only 0.1L/100km adrift of the discontinued 190TDI variants that completed the zero-to-100km/h sprint in 6.5s.

These new engines all come with a 90L fuel tank (15L larger than that of their predecessor) and a 24L AdBlue tank, which reduces emissions alongside a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system.

As before, all Touareg variants are mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive set-up.

Pricing-wise, the 170TDI checks in at $81,490 plus on-road costs, meaning the Touareg’s base price has actually increased by $700 despite the introduction of a lower-output engine.

The 210TDI Elegance charges $99,490, while the 210TDI R-Line commands a $9000 premium and the 310TDI R-Line cements its positioning with a $136,490 price tag, which undercuts the mechanically related Audi SQ7 by a massive $25,010 despite having more included kit.

Speaking of which, standard equipment in the 170TDI includes dusk-sensing LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail-lights; rain-sensing wipers, 19-inch Osorno alloy wheels and a hands-free power-operated tailgate.

Inside, a 9.2-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a wireless smartphone charger, four USB ports, keyless entry and start, power-adjustable front seats with heating, dual-zone climate control and Vienna leather upholstery feature.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to front autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane-keep and steering assist, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, driver attention alert, park assist, a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors.

The 210TDI Elegance gets air suspension, Matrix LED headlights, 20-inch Montero alloy wheels, premium LED tail-light with dynamic indicators, a 15.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a head-up display, ventilated and massaging front seats, Savona leather upholstery (Soul black or Mistral two-tone) and ambient lighting.

Meanwhile, the 210TDI R-Line picks up active anti-roll bars, rear-wheel steering, a sports body kit, rear privacy glass, a sports steering wheel with heating and paddle-shifters, sports seats with memory functionality, brushed stainless-steel pedals and a Soul black headliner.

The 310TDI R-Line adds 21-inch Suzuka alloy wheels, Night Vision and tyre pressure monitoring. It also steps up with a Dynaudio sound system, heated rear seats (outboard), four-zone climate control, rear AEB and surround-view cameras, all of which are available in the 210TDI R-Line as part of its optional Sound & Comfort package ($6500).

170TDI and 210TDI Elegance buyers get their owner optional Sound & Comfort package ($8000), which also bundles in front seats with memory functionality.

The 170TDI also comes with an optional Innovision package ($8000) that includes the aforementioned 15.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, head-up display and ambient lighting.

Individuals options include a $3000 panoramic sunroof (excluding 170TDI) and Antimonial Silver, Silicon Grey, Aquamarine Blue and Malbec Red metallic and Deep Black pearl paintworks, all of which cost $2100. The only no-cost exterior colour option is Pure White, which is a solid hue.

Other changes to the MY21 Touareg include a redesigned steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls and haptic feedback, and the adoption of Volkswagen’s new logo throughout.

2021 Volkswagen Touareg pricing before on-road costs

210TDI Eleganceautomatic$99,490
210TDI R-Lineautomatic$108,490
310TDI R-Lineautomatic$136,490